The image above was taken from a bunting of an exhibition related to the Constitution of the State of Johor found at the Rumah Tokoh Johor.

Clockwise from the top, the then Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ibrahim, who later ascended the throne of the State of Johor in 1895 as Sultan Ibrahim of Johor. Next to him is Dato’ Mohamed bin Mahbob, the 2nd Menteri Besar of Johor and also a former State Secretary in the state administration as well.

At the bottom of poster is Dato’ Ja’afar bin Mohamed, the 1st Menteri Besar of Johor and the founder of one of the famous political families of Malaysia to include his son, Dato’ Onn bin Ja’afar (the 1st president of UMNO), Tun Hussein Onn (the 3rd Prime Minister of Malaysia) and Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (the current foreign minister of Malaysia).

Next is Dato’ Yahya Shaaban. Admittedly, not much is known about him but to be mentioned together with those illustrious names mean that his contributions to the state must be of great significance.

Last but not least, Dato’ Abdul Rahman Andak, the advisor to Sultan Abu Bakar and later, to his son and successor, Sultan Ibrahim. Educated in Britain, he proved to be a formidable obstacle to the ambitions of the British to install a British Advisor in the royal court of the Sultan of Johor. So formidable was he that he was subsequently ‘retired’ to England. His died in 1930 and was subsequently buried in Woking, Surrey.

Images by Shah Said ; @ all rights reserved ; 2021