Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Updates on Iskandar Development Region

On the New Year eve, Johor Menteri Besar, Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman listed down the list of projects that Iskandar Development Region (IDR) would be carrying out this year - 2008.

A lot of it would be infrastructure and developmental type of work.

Among the major projects include:-
a) RM4.2 billion Node 1 project in Nusajaya
b) RM1 billion Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL)
c) RM1 billion coastal highway linking Johor Bharu with Nusajaya (15km)
d) RM900 million for cleaning up Sungai Skudai, Segget and Tebrau.
e) RM500 million for MSC Cyber City project in Kulai
f) RM1.2 billion new state administrative center would start operations in Nusajaya in March 2008.
g) RM1.7 billion for development of leisure zone in Zone 1 (30km from Johor Bharu, after the Second Link) by Alder Properties, a Abu Dhabi-based main developer.
h) RM1.08 billion for developmnet of culture cluster in Zone 1 by Al-Nibras 2 Limited, a subsidiary of Kuwait Finance House.
i) RM1.07 billion for development of the international financial zone by Abu Dhabi's Millimium Development Company.

The info above is adapted from The Star 1st January 2008.

Hopefully, with this infusion of development, we can see IDR being able to develop. Since it was launched in November 2006, there has been a lot of plannings and also we have seen IDR being very aggressive in recruiting many of our country's top talent there.

Really hope that IDR would be a success story, and it would be able to transform the landscape of Johor state, into a progressive state, which would be comparable to Singapore.

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