Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he is deeply honoured to receive Johor’s highest honour – the state’s highest Order of Chivalry – from Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskanda at a special investiture ceremony held at the Istana Besar Johor today.
“Sultan Ibrahim and his wife Raja Zarith Sofiah also hosted us for brunch. It was a pleasure to meet them in JB again after our land borders were partially shut for almost two years,” said Lee Hsien in a statement on Facebook.
According to the Sultan of Johor’s official Facebook post, Lee, 70, received the Most Honourable Order of the Crown of Johor (First Class), “Dato’ Sri Paduka Mahkota Johor” (S.P.M.J), which carries the title “Dato”.
His wife Ho Ching was also honoured with The Most Exalted Order of Sultan Ibrahim Johor (First Class), “Dato’ Sri Mulia Sultan Ibrahim Johor” (S.M.I.J.), which carries the title “Datin Paduka”.
Johor is a key gateway between Singapore and Malaysia, and both share a special relationship, said Lee.
“I’m glad we have moved decisively into living with COVID-19 and resumed our links, so people can cross the Causeway to reconnect with families and friends, like I did today.
“I look forward to hosting Sultan Ibrahim during his official visit to Singapore later this year, ” he added.