KUALA LUMPUR, SUNDAY, 11 FEBRUARY 2018: The Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) earlier today inked two Memorandums of Understanding for initiatives in data sharing and urban observatory during The Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. This move sets the momentum for Iskandar Malaysia to be a Smart City.

Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive of IRDA indicated that Iskandar Malaysia made further inroads in realizing our smart city plans consistent with the Government’s acknowledgement of the need for smart city developments that focus on strengthening infrastructure to support future growth and quality of life as contained in the 11th Malaysia Plan 2016-2020.

“We will continue to ensure that the economic corridor’s development is carried out strategically to transform it into a Smart City as guided by our Comprehensive Development Plan ii 2014-2025 (CDPii),” said Datuk Ismail.

These initiatives are in line with WUF9’s focus on the New Urban Agenda as a tool and accelerator for achieving Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goal.

Memorandums of Understanding Exchange witnessed by YBhg. Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad bin Mentek, Secretary General, Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government.

The MoUs represent collaborations towards implementing a few components under the CDPii. Witnessed by YBhg. Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad bin Mentek, Secretary General, Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, the MoUs are between:

1. IRDA and PLANMalaysia (Federal Department of Town and Country Planning) on collaboration in developing comprehensive data. This agreement will enable PLANMalaysia and IRDA to impart information sharing and improve the quality of official data collected subject to the laws, regulations, rules and policies of the government in force from time to time under Iskandar Malaysia’s Urban Observatory.

2. IRDA and Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) on collaboration for data sharing initiatives. Both parties have agreed to collaborate towards information sharing and enhancing the quality of official data collected subject to what is permissible by the law, regulations, rules and policies of the Government in force from time to time for statistical purposes under the terms and conditions under this Memorandum of Understanding.

“With a properly planned development using available data, we can also plan for future needs and mitigate prospective issues that may occur in the future. We are not only building Iskandar Malaysia for the current citizens, but also for the future generations.

“We can utilise the data to predict what is needed for Iskandar Malaysia, and help build policies that will stimulate the right developments at the right time,” said Datuk Ismail.

Datuk Ismail added that what is being developed are applied in Iskandar Malaysia by PLANMalaysia, DOSM and IRDA provides a basis for the development of smart city, urban observatory and data sharing framework for Malaysia towards being a developed region.”
Datuk Ismail former added that IRDA welcomes these commitments and encourages organisations that have investment interest in Iskandar Malaysia to collaborate together towards achieving Iskandar Malaysia’s vision of becoming a Strong and Sustainable Metropolis of International Standing.

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