From Johor Streets NST.
By Datuk Abdul Rahim Ramli
(Datuk Abdul Rahim Ramli served as the Johor state secretary from 1985 to 1993. He is now the Secretary of the Royal Court and Dato' Penghulu Istiadat Istana Johor.)
WHEN I was a school boy in Muar, the names of streets other than the street where I lived did not mean anything to me. Now, however, I feel duty bound to pass on some knowledge of the origins of the names of the streets. I am proud of my hometown and make regular visits to the place after my retirement.
Most street names in Muar are taken from the names of the Johor royalty. It is so because Sultan Abu Bakar and his son, Sultan Ibrahim, had wanted to honour their kinsmen.
Perhaps the names chosen for Muar were also to reflect the status of a town named for a queen. Sultan Abu Bakar had named the district capital as Bandar Maharani after his consort, Maharani Fatimah, in 1884.