The Sultan of Johor’s new toy is a multi-million ringgit custom Optimus Prime

Okay, so it doesn’t actually transform into an actual Cybertronian commander-in-chief, but for the kind of money being spent here, it very well should be able to. 

While his son, Crown Prince Tunku Ismail alarms people with talk of possible secession from the Malaysian Federation, the Sultan of Johor, Tunku Ibrahim Tunku Iskandar, is set to intimidate Malaysians on the road, as he’ll soon be barrelling down the highways in a custom outfitted Mack Truck – just like the one Optimus Prime transforms into in the Michael Bay movies – that’s reported to be the world’s most expensive. 

Decked out in the Johorean state flag, the truck is also furnished with a built-in barbecue pit, a six-CCTV security video system, two flat-screen TVs, a stone-top kitchen, a double bed, and furniture adorned with 72,000 stitches of gold thread. 

The iconic Mack hood ornament, a stainless steel bulldog, has been replaced with a more fitting symbol for the Johor royal family: a solid gold tiger. 

Mack Trucks Australia, who took a year to put the royal Transformer together, isn’t saying how much Sultan Ibrahim shelled out for his one-of a kind ride, but did tell Aussie motoring site Motoring that the price tag puts the previous record for most expensive custom Mack Truck – AUD481,000 (RM1.48 million) to shame.

Here’s a bunch of (clearly jealous) Australian newscasters gushing over the Sultan’s new toy truck:

 

JOHOR DARUL TA’ZIM DI MATA DUNIAImpian Sultan Johor menjadi kenyataan dengan ‘trak istana’.Sultan Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, telah mencapai impiannya apabila dia mengambil trak jenama Mack yang paling mahal pada satu majlis di kawasan pusat perniagaan King George Square di Brisbane hari ini.Trak Super-Liner tersebut mengambil masa setahun untuk dibina di ibu pejabat pengilang, Wacol, barat daya Brisbane.Menurut ABC News, ia mempunyai beberapa ciri-ciri tambahan menarik di sekelilingnya, termasuk enam kamera litar tertutup, dua set televisyen skrin rata, ruang dapur batu-topped, kemudahan barbeku, katil berkembar dan kerusi dengan 72,000 jahitan benang emas.Ia juga mempunyai hud solid emas harimau sebagai tambahan hiasan.”Inilah impian saya – Nampak saya tersenyum” kata Sultan mengenai ‘trak istana’ beliau.Tag harga adalah rahsia yang dijaga rapi, tetapi memecahkan rekod terdahulu sebanyak $481,000 untuk sebuah rekacipta khusus.Baginda berkata beliau gembira dengan persiapan akhir tersebut.”Saya sentiasa menghargai kemahiran kejuruteraan di Australia dan telah mengumpul beberapa kereta Holden selama ini.”Saya tidak sabar untuk menunjukkan mutu kerja kepada rakyat Johor sebaik sahaja Super-Liner dihantar ke Johor,” katanya.Baginda mengarahkan trak tugas berat untuk menunda botnya ke seluruh negara.Tetapi pemanduan pertama baginda akan menjadi satu majlis amal apabila ia tiba di Malaysia pada akhir bulan ini.——–JOHOR DARUL TA’ZIM RECEIVE INTERNATIONAL ATTENTIONJohor Sultan’s dream come true with ‘Palace Truck’.Johor ruler, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, has achieved his dream when he took possession of the world’s most expensive Mack truck at a ceremony at King George Square in Brisbane’s central business district today.The Super-Liner took a year to build at the manufacturer’s Wacol headquarters, south-west of Brisbane.According to ABC News, the rig has some of the fanciest extras around, including a six-camera closed-circuit television system, two flat screen television sets, a stone-topped kitchen area, barbecue, double bed and seats with 72,000 stitches of gold thread.It also boasts a solid-gold tiger hood ornament.“This is my dream – am I smiling?” the sultan said of his ‘palace truck’.The price tag is a well-kept secret, but smashes the previous record of A$481,000 for a customised rig.The sultan said he was delighted with the end result.“I have always appreciated Australia’s engineering skills and have collected a few Holden cars over the years.“I am looking forward to showing its workmanship to the people of Johor as soon as the Super-Liner is shipped over,” he said.The sultan ordered the heavy duty rig to tow his power boat around the country.But his first drive will be a charity run when it arrives in Malaysia at the end of this month.Hidup Johor Demi Johor#KepadaAllahKamiBerserah#JohorMestiSentiasaJadiJohor

Posted by JOHOR Southern Tigers on Thursday, 15 October 2015

While the Royal Truck was unveiled in Brisbane last week, it’s expected to make its Malaysian debut by the end of the month, where it will likely be luggin around the Sultan of Johor’s other ostentatious toy, his speedboat:

And yes, of course they match. 

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