Preservation and Conservation of Johor’s Character: Historical Buildings (The Iskandarian – Oct 1, 2018)

Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and Think City gathered 100 small contactors from grade G1 to G3 at the Conservation Workshop at Amari Johor Bahru recently. From the hotel via Jalan Trus, workshop participants were given a walkabout tour on the row of 18 colourful historical shop houses. Tan Hiap Hong, a conservation consultant, shared how true Johoreans would know that the original shophouses’ facade was not colourful. He found the original colour of the buildings [...]

Iskandar Malaysia showcases youth development achievements to Minister of Youth and Sports ( – Oct 1, 2018)

YB Syed Saddiq with Chief Executive, Datuk Ismail Ibrahim and IRDA staff 30 September, ISKANDAR MALAYSIA – YB Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Minister of Youth and Sports was briefed on the comprehensive youth development agenda and achievements in Iskandar Malaysia during his official visit to the region at IRDA’s office and the Johor International Youth Hub, today. YB Syed Saddiq praised IRDA for having a significant focus on youth development in Iskandar Malaysia through its various improvement and empowerment initiatives [...]

Transport Minister: RM4bil Rapid Transit System project in Johor to continue (The Star, June 1, 2018)

Transport Minister Anthony Loke says a number of mega projects as well as high-impact projects related to the transport industry will be continued, despite the country facing economic uncertainty. This, he said, includes the Rapid Transit System (RTS) involving the Bukit Cagar, Johor to Woodlands, Singapore route, at a cost of RM4 billion, as it can help alleviate traffic congestion along the Johor Causeway. “We will press on, but the construction mechanism has to be reviewed in order to speed up [...]

Pulau hutan bakau jadi tarikan pengunjung (Utusan Malaysia, May 18, 2018)

Menurut legenda, Taman Negara Johor Pulau Kukup (TNJPK) di sini asalnya merupakan sebuah pulau yang cantik dan menjadi tempat tinggal lima puteri bunian de­ngan menjadikan pulau itu sebagai tempat bermain dan bergurau senda. Bagaimanapun seorang puteri dikatakan jatuh hati dengan seorang pedagang yang singgah di pulau tersebut namun dibantah empat lagi puteri, tetapi puteri berkenaan tetap berkahwin de­ngan pedagang itu. Akibatnya keempat-empat pu­teri tersebut berpakat mele­nyap­kan TNJPK. Diceritakan apa­bila muncul kembali selang beberapa tahun, pulau tersebut telah ditumbuhi paya bakau dan [...]

Sungai Johor – Johor’s Lifeline (The Iskandarian, 19 May 2018)

Sungai Johor begins in Gunung Gemeruh, ends its 122.7 km journey in the Tebrau Strait and is an important source of freshwater to both Malaysia and Singapore. The river system historically allowed locals and new settlers to travel from the coast to the hills, supporting the growth of new towns along its banks. The river basin makes up 14% of Johor state and within it lie countless natural treasures that we have hardly begun to discover. Sungai Johor was once [...]

Johor to strengthen role as leading investment destination (The Star, May 30, 2018)

Johor wants to attract more investors for the high-technology and halal industries to strengthen and develop its position as the leading investment destination in Malaysia. International Trade, Investment and Utilities Committee chairman Jimmy Puah Wee Tse said Johor has the right eco-system to emerge as the new economic powerhouse in the region. “We want to assure investors from all over the world that the Pakatan Harapan state government is investor-friendly,” he said at the opening of the RM300mil phase two expansion [...]

IRDA introduces development plan for Kulai, Sedenak; seeks public feedback (NST, May 31, 2018)

The Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) has introduced a development plan for the Kulai and Sedenak areas, both which are part of the Sedenak Digital Valley development. Known as the Kulai Sedenak Special Area Plan 2025, the plan would outline development projects in the area until the year 2025. IRDA’s head of planning and compliance Maimunah Jaafar said the plan encompasses an area of about 19,982 hectares, which are currently used mainly for agriculture. “There is not much development taking place in [...]

Irda keen to develop infrastructure in Iskandar Malaysia

JOHOR BARU, May 4 — The Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) is focused on infrastructure development in Johor’s Iskandar Malaysia, as it it key to attracting greater investments and reaping economic benefits in the long run. Chief Executive Officer Datuk Ismail Ibrahim said Iskandar Malaysia is a region that can help Malaysia realise the vision of achieving developed nation status by 2035. ”Infrastructure development is a two-pronged endeavour. Firstly, it involves building airports, seaports and roads to facilitate connectivity with the [...]

Johor-Singapore Rapid Transit System by 2022

JOHOR BAHRU (MAY 2): The Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) is in the final stages of discussions on the Johor-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS). “We understand that it is important to not only connect within the region but also with Singapore. We are at the last stage of discussions to connect Singapore and, hopefully by 2020, the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system in Johor will be connected to Singapore’s transport system,” said IRDA CEO Datuk Ismail Ibrahim. He added that the [...]

Iskandar Malaysia’s best performing areas of 2016

The property market in Johor softened further in 2016 with 40,066 properties worth RM19.45 billion transacted in the year, which is a 16% drop in volume and 10% in transacted value from 2015, according to the Finance Ministry’s Valuation and Property Services Department’s (JPPH) Property Market Report 2016. This was in tandem with the overall market performance for 2016 as property transactions nationwide declined for the second consecutive year with 320,425 transactions worth RM145.51 billion, indicating a 11.5% decrease in [...]