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Royal Flags (Johore, Malaysia)

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Introduction

The national flag is very much associated with the Sultan whose full name and title is D.Y.M.M. (Duli Yang Maha Mulia — equivalent of His Majesty) Sultan Mahmood Iskander Al-Haj Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Ismail, D.K., S.P.M.J., S.P.D.K., D.K. (Brunei) S.S.I.J., P.I.S., B.S.I. The present Malaysian government tries hard to down-play the role of the Malaysian monarchy but the rural segment of the population is very much pro-monarchy. This is a general statement for all of peninsular Malaysia and not restricted to only Johore (English version of the name). The Johore Sultan is one of the most popular Sultans and there was a confrontation of sort several months ago when the Malaysian prime minister disbanded the Sultan's personal army.
Thomas W. Koh, 14 May 1997

I seem to recall that Flaggenbuch 1939 shows all of these with the same line acting simultaneously as symmetry axis of both the crescent and the star.
Santiago Dotor, 24 January 2000


Sultan's Standard

Duli Yang Maha Mulia Sultan / His Majesty the Sultan

[Sultan's Standard (Johore, Malaysia)] 1:2 image by Ivan Sache

Flaggenbuch 1939 shows the Standard of the Sultan [Sultanstandarte] as a white flag with a blue crescent and a blue 9-pointed star with very sharp points. The crescent is not totally [horizontally-] symmetrical, but less asymmetrical than the current national flag. (Note that the symmetry of the flags shown in Flaggenbuch 1939 is a bit variable. I have sticked to the images.) This flag looks like the flag of Maharajah shown below, drawn by Jaume Ollé, with an 8-pointed star. Flaggenbuch 1939 does not mention any Maharajah in Johore (see below).
Ivan Sache
, 18 January 2000

I made this images for Flag Report but their publication was suspended because the star in Flaggenbuch 1939 show very different that one in Flags of All Nations B.R.20(1) 1955. I searched if any change was made between c. 1939 and 1955 but I don't receive answer to my request, and if no change was made I'm not sure what images are more accurates: Flaggenbuch 1939 is a extraordinary vexillological book, but Flags of All Nations B.R.20(1) 1955 can to have better info about those flags (a british protected state).
Jaume Ollé, 24 January 2000

Flag of the Maharajah
[Maharajah (Johore, Malaysia)] image by Jaume Ollé


Sultaness' Flag

[Sultaness' Flag (Johore, Malaysia)] 1:2 image by Ivan Sache

Flaggenbuch 1939 shows the flag of the Sultaness [Sultaninflagge] as a blue flag with a white triangle (1/3 of the hoist high and 1/4 of the fly long) at each corner and a white crescent and white 7-pointed star.
Ivan Sache, 18 January 2000


Crown Prince's Flag

Tunku Mahkota

[Crown Prince's Flag (Johore, Malaysia)] 1:2 image by Ivan Sache

Flaggenbuch 1939 shows the flag of the Crown Prince (Tunku Mahkota) as a white flag with red crescent and red 7-pointed star.
Ivan Sache
, 18 January 2000


His Highness the Bendahara's Flag

[Bendahara's Flag (Johore, Malaysia)] 1:2 image by Ivan Sache

Flaggenbuch 1939 shows the flag of the Bendahara, Highness [Flagge des Bendahara, Hoheit], as a white flag with a red triangle at each corner and a red crescent and a red 5-pointed star.
Ivan Sache, 18 January 2000


His Highness the Temenggong's Flag

[Temenggong's Flag (Johore, Malaysia)] 1:2 image by Ivan Sache

Flaggenbuch 1939 shows the flag of the Temenggong, Highness [Flagge des Temenggong, Hoheit], as a yellow flag with a blue triangle at each corner and a blue crescent and a blue 5-pointed star.
Ivan Sache
, 18 January 2000


Flag for Other Members of the Royal Family

[Other Members of the Royal Family (Johore, Malaysia)] 1:2 image by Ivan Sache

Flaggenbuch 1939 shows the flag of the other members of the reigning household, Highnesses, as a yellow flag with a blue crescent and a blue 5-pointed star.
Ivan Sache
, 18 January 2000

At the University of Maryland University College concourse, among many national flags, I saw a rectangular yellow flag with blue crescent and star from the 1930-40 period, reported from Flaggenbuch 1939 by Ivan Sache.
Phil Nelson
, 26 April 1999