The origins of the word Johor is derived from the Arabic word “Jauhar” meaning “Precious Jewel”. Johor was also known as The End of Land or ” Gangganu” by the Siamese, which means “Precious Stone “. The history of modern Johor began under the reign of Sultan Abu Bakar. Sultan Abu Bakar introduced the Johor Constitution which subsequently brought changes in the Johor Administration and it became more efficient.
The transfer of the Government’s administration from Teluk Belanga to Tanjung Puteri in 1841 gave positive impact to Johor, especially , in terms of development. The construction of government buildings, police stations,mosques, Court and Grand Palace clearly proved that Sultan Abu Bakar deserved to be called the “Father of Development of Johor”. Today, Johor, which is bordered by Melaka, Pahang and Singapore, is one of the fast developing and advanced States in Malaysia.