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 the area at the moment even though there is a lot of potential there. The plan would be based on a smart city and sustainable development concept,” said Maimunah.

She said the development in the area would create about 77,500 job opportunities by 2025 with the main economic activities being in the high-tech industry research and innovation centre, information and communication technology, digital, aerospace and aviation, and logistics.

“The draft of the plan is currently on display for public scrutiny. The public are encouraged to look at the plan and to give us their feedback so that we can make changes or improvements if necessary,” said

The plan has been on display beginning May 13 at the IRDA office, the Kulai Municipal Council office, Kampung Gunung Pulai community hall, and Felda Bukit Batu community hall. Feedback gathering will end on June 12.

Maimunah was speaking at a briefing on the plan at IRDA’s office. Also present was state International Trade, Investment and Infrastructure Committee chairman Jimmy Puah Wee Tse.

In a press conference after the briefing, Puah said the Kulai and Sedenak areas have a lot of potential for development.

“This plan will benefit not only those in the areas but also Johor as a whole. Except for the water and power supply which needs to be improved, the infrastructure in the areas are very good,” said Puah.

He also suggested that the Sedenak Iskandar Data Hub be rebranded as the Sedenak Iskandar Data and Research Hub in order to attract more investors.

“This would enable the project to have a bigger scope instead of just being a data centre hub. We will also be able to attract more investors to come,” said Puah.

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