A RAILWAY BRONZE PLAQUE OF THE JOHOR-SINGAPORE CAUSEWAY
State of Johor, Malaysia, South East Asia, 1923 - 1940s
Of oval shape, featuring the coat of arms of the state of Johor (Negeri Johor, 1885 - 1942 / 1945 - 1946) with two rampant tigers facing each other, in the middle a shield with a crescent moon and star with four rosettes on the corners surmounted by the Singapore-Johor British Malaya Royal Crown with three crescent moons and stars, below the shield a festoon with the State of Johor's motto in Malay Jawi script, Kepada Allah Berserah (To Allah We Surrender), on a black metal mount, the plaque 23.5cm x 22.5cm.
The State of Johor transitioned from a British protectorate of the Unfederated Malay States (1914 - 1942) to a Japanese possession during the Japanese occupation in World War II. Following the liberation from the Japanese troops in 1945, Johor became a federated state in the Malayan Union and Federation of Malaya. Although the state no longer retains its own independence and name, it continues to exist on a representative level as a member of the Conference of Rulers, with Sunni sultans presiding over modern Johor as ceremonious figureheads.
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