Iskandar Malaysia, 5 June – In conjunction with World Environment Day today, Iskandar Malaysia continues to reaffirm its commitment towards building a resilient environment that will not only impact its environmental preservation goals but also reinforces economic prosperity and the quality of living in the region.

Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive, Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) said, “As an economic corridor, Iskandar Malaysia’s focuses on holistic and comprehensive growth, understanding the importance of balancing economic prosperity, quality living and a resilient environment. Much has been done to preserve the environment at this fast-growing region and as we arrived at our 15th anniversary this year, we continue to expand and enhance our efforts to ensure a more sustainable future for the region, its people and businesses.”

“This is not merely a feel-good aspiration or something that we pluck from the sky, as we have projected to reduce Iskandar Malaysia’s carbon intensity by 58% in the year 2025 compared to 2005 levels.”

2 key initiatives that will lead and enhance Iskandar Malaysia’s green agenda this year is the enhancement of the ‘Low Carbon Society Blueprint for Iskandar Malaysia 2030- Climate Action Plan’ and the partnership in the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability’s programme.

Through the enhancement of the ‘Low Carbon Society Blueprint for Iskandar Malaysia 2030- Climate Action Plan’, Iskandar Malaysia is now formulating a Climate Action Plan and roadmap for the region that covers both climate mitigation and adaptation. Iskandar Malaysia will also apply a scientific approach to the carbon emission baseline and future scenarios study and this will lead to the materialisation of Iskandar Malaysia Climate Action Plan by 2030.

As for the partnership with AEPW and ICLEI programme, this is an initiative to provide opportunities to address the needs of urban local governments, which are primarily tasked with the daunting challenge of ensuring sustainable and scientific plastic waste management.

Through this partnership, some of Iskandar Malaysia’s plans in plastic waste management include rethinking the role of plastic in business and daily life and explore innovative, efficient and eco-friendly material as an alternative, promote and incentivise research and innovation on plastic alternative and develop policy, guidelines and standards for compliance and monitoring purposes.

The expected outcome of this partnership is the implementation of waste management infrastructure to eliminate leakage of plastic waste into the environment.

As a start, Iskandar Malaysia aims is to target plastics made from post-consumer materials to keep the waste away from landfill and directs it towards recycling plants, thus reducing plastic waste.

In the past years since its inception, one of the first steps taken by Iskandar Malaysia was to produce the ‘Low Carbon Society Blueprint for Iskandar Malaysia’. Launched in November 2012 at COP18 in Doha, Qatar, the blueprint illustrates strategies to slash Iskandar Malaysia’s carbon intensity emissions by half by 2025 to create a greener, more sustainable yet economically dynamic environment.

The blueprint was quickly adapted to the need of the 5 Local Authorities located in the region, ensuring that the many parties involved in the environmental efforts are driven by the same directions and goals.

“We understand the importance and the need to work together with various stakeholders, be it the government, private and even the community at large to make a difference and achieve our common goals in building a more resilient environment for everyone. It’s not a one-man or one institution’s effort but everyone must play a role that is suited to their expertise and responsibilities. As for what Iskandar Malaysia has achieved and will be delivering in the future, we would like to thank all our stakeholders who have given us the necessary support to continue greening the region,” said Datuk Ismail.

Through the blueprint’s 12 Actions, various high-level and on-ground initiatives were born such as the introduction of the Green Economy Guideline, the Iskandar Malaysia Ecolife Challenge (IMECL), the adoption of the Building Energy Monitoring & Reporting System (BEMRS) and the Comprehensive Assessment System of Built Environment Efficiency (CASBEE), the Green Accord Initiative Award (GAIA), the Partnership of Interdisciplinary Studies of Shoreline Ecosystems (PESISIR), Green Community Carbon Reduction Programme and being a member of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCOM) and the CDP Cities Reporting Platform.

The Green Economy Guideline provides investors with a clear guide to Iskandar Malaysia’s strategic environmental and economic policy direction with respect to investing in the green industry in the region. This is recognised by the Green Accord Initiative Award (GAIA) which encourages commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship and to increase voluntary environmental initiatives especially by private organisations in the economic region.

These green businesses and buildings are further bolstered by BEMRS, a reporting tool for measuring building energy performance as well as to track and monitor the Green House Gases (GHG) emission through the achievement of the building energy-saving programme. Meanwhile, the CASBEE assessment tool is widely adopted and used in Japan and has been customised for a tropical country like Malaysia.

On the ground, the Sg Segget Rejuvenation Project has improved the water quality of the river to two (2) classes higher thus reducing the pollution to the Tebrau Straits and overcome flooding issues in Johor Bahru city centre apart from beautifying Sungai Segget and Jalan Wong Ah Fook to be a new commercial, cultural and recreational area in the city centre.

The Iskandar Malaysia Bus Rapid Transit (IMBRT) project is also designed to be environmentally friendly from the usage of electric of hybrid busses to the application of local rubber in the tyres and roads.
GCOM and CDP Cities Reporting platform puts Iskandar Malaysia on the global platform and provides recognition and connection to international environmental players and experts around the globe.

IMELC, on the other hand, goes on-ground amongst the community to educate students, parents and teachers on low carbon issues and ideas through simple challenges such as saving electricity and water and through recycling. More than 55,000 students and 546 schools from around Johor participated in the challenge in the year 2020.

Tracking of Iskandar Malaysia’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) performance from 2015 to 2017 is based on the international standard Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory and Iskandar Malaysia’s GHG emission intensity by GDP in 2017 represents a significant decrease of 12.9% compared with its base year, 2010.


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Awareness Before Change Programmes

IRDA has early on and continued to conduct awareness and educational programmes with the communities highlighting the importance of participating in the economic and social agenda. Over the years, the programmes have increased the communities awareness and understanding of the positive externalities from the growth which related directly with the new economic activities in the region. Without a doubt, the programmes have helped in mitigating the risk of communities being left out from the opportunities.

Village Enhancement and Empowerment Programme

Unlocking the economic potential through rallying the participation from the local communities is one of the key agenda in Iskandar Malaysia social development framework. The gap in spatial development between cities and villages should not be seen as a major hindrance for the region in achieving its development goals. IRDA has invested in various projects which includes improvements in infrastructure as well as built environment of the villages to enable and to a certain extent enhance the business activities in these areas. IRDA introduced Village Enhancement and Empowerment Programme (VEEP) to sustain the dynamism of the villages and the communities with regards to growth in development nodes in Iskandar Malaysia. VEEP covers 23 villages and its project proponents comprise Kawan Iskandar Malaysia (KIM) and Iskandar Malaysia Pusat Orang Desa (IMPOD). KIM focuses on empowering the village communities through operationalising of social enterprises, and IMPOD supports in empowering youths in rural areas.

Urban Farming

The establishment of Iskandar Malaysia Urban Farming (IMURFARM) project is to enable the bottom 40% percentile of the income group to participate in small to medium scale food, mainly vegetable production for their consumption and sale. In the long run, the project will contribute to the reduction of food expenses component from aggregate cost of living (food is one of the three largest compositions of cost of living). Indirectly, the project optimises the use of designated open spaces in the urban area. This has improved the local community sense of belonging and cohesion. Over the years, the project has evolved in diversification in crop production as well as techniques. The communities who work on the farm have experienced sales growth up to 60% on average when compared to previous years.

IM Makmur

The core component of IM Makmur lies in the skilling and up-skilling process through training for members of the society who constrained in their ability to make a livelihood such as the physically challenged, single mothers and the low-income earners. Certain targets have been set for the programme to ensure the participants receive a positive impact such as improvement in income generation. The project has reported on average the participant’s income level has increased by about 40%. The income level of the participants before participating in the programme and after was compared. The types of training comprise motor mechanic, entrepreneurship, beauty care, food preparation & handling, and maternity care.

Smart Healthy City and Community Programme

The Smart Healthy City and Community programme in Iskandar Malaysia generally comprises two elements; educating and reaching out to the people and communities in Iskandar Malaysia to embrace a healthy lifestyle, and to encourage the conducive eco-system in enhancing the quality of life through awarding of Iskandar Malaysia Smart Healthy City Township Status. The programme has garnered participation over 20,000 people annually and proves that IRDA’s initiative to propagate social connectedness in achieving cohesive society regardless of cultural, ethnicity, education level and social status is working. “

Youth Development Programmes

Youth is such an important segment of the population in the world and similarly in Iskandar Malaysia.  In Iskandar Malaysia, based on current population estimates 2019 by Department of Statistics, almost half of 48% of its population is of those aged between 16 to 40 years old (Generation Y and Z; aged 16 to 30 at 29% and Generation X; aged 30 to 40 at 19%).  Based on the demographics itself, we can say that this quantum of the population is a great asset for Iskandar Malaysia if they are harnessed and utilised in the right direction.

A strategic and holistic youth development framework for Iskandar Malaysia has been developed to explicitly states Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA)’s commitment towards placing youth at the epicentre of its development goal to transform Iskandar Malaysia to be a strong and sustainable metropolis of international standing.

IRDA has also been active since 2009 in crafting and executing many youth developments programmes to complement the national and state youth agenda in collaboration with various agencies and stakeholders which covers aspect such as infrastructure development, capacity building, mindset change, employment and entrepreneurship, and others.  Some of the key programmes are summarized below ;

Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Award (IMSHA)

Community leaders who champion the agenda of social connectedness are given the centre stage in advocating good deeds in Iskandar Malaysia. Iskandar Malaysia acknowledges not only the leaders but also the personalities through an annual event to spot, recognize and celebrate those who are making the difference through social services. Dubbed as Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Awards, the project is 100% run and managed by a not-for-profit entity and utilizes the social media platform for the members of the public to submit the nomination. The first event was in 2014 and the total number of nominations was 173. Cumulatively the number has reached 800 in 2019 which means it has incrementally inspired more people to take up charitable work. It was also reported that this initiative has encouraged individuals, organizations, companies to innovate in addressing new social challenges.

The award categories are disaster relief, animal and wildlife, public safety, education advancement, environment preservation/protection, health services, human empowerment, poverty and hunger relief, corporate social responsibility, social innovator, and arts, culture and heritage. A social impact rating was developed for the nominees, which are based on the social impact, frequency, visibility, sustainability, inclusiveness, ethics, and source of fund. 2019 was a special year for IMSHA since United Nation has joined the foray to benchmark IMSHA against global standard and at the same time promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Iskandar Malaysia Arts and Culture Programmes

Mobility among artists and cultural professionals has always been a prerequisite for the creation of new narratives, and to certain extend contribution to a responsible and sustainable community. To some, it has become intrinsic to their careers.  Iskandar Malaysia has introduced various initiatives under this agenda such as Iskandar Malaysia Beyond Boundaries Programme (IMB2P).  It has bridged the gap which hinders several artists and cultural professionals to engage with the wider spectrum of international partners. IMB2P has spurred participating artists’, practitioners’, and students’ mobility further through grant disbursement. The accumulated number of projects that received the grant has reached 43 and they are from the exploration & network, outbound, and inbound categories.

Efforts to improve the Public Arts as a medium to improve the sense of belonging among the local community, while improving the streetscape and liveability factor in the city is also ongoing.  Public Art Guidelines has been developed, and a pilot residency programme for local young artists to design the public art structure for Sungai Segget landscape was conducted.  The installation of these artworks that incorporates local character, historical and heritage elements will be a testament of Iskandar Malaysia’s acknowledgement of the importance of arts and culture as part of our holistic development plans.

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Malaysia, was ranked No.1 in the Best Healthcare in the World category of the 2019 International Living Annual Global Retirement Index and ranked top destination for medical tourism.

The pull factors including world-class healthcare, affordable treatment cost and friendly service has received medical demands from medical patients and medical tourists throughout the world namely ASEAN countries, Japan, Australia, UK, Middle East and also European countries.

Positioned to becoming ASEAN Regional Hub for Medical Tourism, Iskandar Malaysia aims to attract more medical expertise, enhancing various speciality areas such as heart care centre, eye care centre, orthopaedic centre, aged care centre, retirement village, and Obstetrics and Gynaecology specialist services and offers cost-competitive location for investors to set up offshore healthcare operations to create a complete medical ecosystem.

Healthcare Partners

1KPJ Johor Specialist
2KPJ Puteri Specialist Hospital Sdn
3KPJ Pasir Gudang Specialist
4KPJ Bandar Dato Onn Specialist
5Hospital Penawar Pasir
6Columbia Asia Hospital – Iskandar
7Columbia Asia Hospital –
8Regency Specialist
9Gleneagles Medini
10Kempas Medical
11Kensington Green Specialist
12Plaza Landmark Medical
13BP Healthcare
14TMC Fertility and Women’s Specialist Centre Johor
15ECON Medicare
16Jeta Care Sdn
17MJ Wellness Health Care

Iskandar Malaysia is poised to be the new education hub in Malaysia. Strategically located at the southern tip of Peninsular Malaysia, Iskandar Malaysia is ready to lure students from all over the world. Our significant projects in this sector include EduCity and Bandar Seri Alam which houses internationally renowned campuses from prestigious educational institutions.

Education Partners

A.Foreign Branch Campus 
1.Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMED)
2.University of Southampton Malaysia (USoM)
3.University of Reading (UoRM)
BUniversity/ University College/ College 
3.Universiti Kuala Lumpur Kampus Cawangan Malaysian Institute of Industrial Technology (UniKL – MITEC)www. /
4.Southern University
6.Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology (NMIT)
7.Asia Metropolitan
8.Crescendo International
9.Cosmopoint College Johor Bharu (Previously known as : Kolej Teknologi Antarabangsa Cosmopoint Cawangan Johor Bahru)
10.KPJ International College of Nursing and Health Sciences Johor Bahru
11.Malaysia College of Hospitality & Management (previously known as KFCH International College Johor
12.Olympia College Johor
14.Sunway College Johor
15.Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Johor Branch Campus (Previously known as : Tunku Abdul Rahman College Johor Branch Campus)


A.EduCity and Iskandar Puteri 
1.Marlborough College
2.Raffles American
3.Sunway International
4. Stellar International
B.Other Locations 
5.Austin Heights Private and International
6.Crescendo HELP International
7.Excelsior International
8.Fairview International
9.Paragon International
10.R.E.A.L Schools Johor Bahru
11.Seri Omega International
12.Seri Utama International
13.Shattuck St Mary’s Forest City International
14.Tenby International
15.Uniworld International School (previously known as Pegasus International school)

Rest assured, Iskandar Malaysia is a safe and secure country to be in. Safety and security is of our prime importance for people and businesses residing in Iskandar Malaysia.

Several initiatives have been implemented under the Iskandar Malaysia Safety and Security Blueprint, that would increase investor confidence to Invest, Work, Live and Play in Iskandar Malaysia

Reach a policeman or ambulance

In an emergency, you may call our local police department, Polis DiRaja Malaysia (PDRM) or hospital at 999 or 112 from a mobile phone. You can still call this number even if your mobile phone is out of credit. The operator will ask you which service you need before connecting you to the police department.

You can also directly call the Johor Police Headquarters hotline at 07-2212 999 for emergencies or any enquiries or feedback.

The PDRM or medical officer will definitely asks you some questions, so be ready with some information in hand to get fast assistance. Be sure to always remember your address and your own mobile contact number. Stick it on your fridge or somewhere within reach if you are new to the neighbourhood.

Reach a fireman

In case of fire emergency, you may call the local Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) at 994 or 112 from a mobile phone.


Iskandar Malaysia has been free from tragic natural disasters like earthquakes or volcanic eruptions. However, floods could occur during monsoon seasons, typically during the final months of the year. In case a disaster happens, you may contact the local Civil Defence at 991.

‘Sustainable Socio-Economic Recovery Initiative in Iskandar Malaysia’ or SECURE@IskandarMalaysia is a collection of programmes that will sustain the socio-economic recovery of the community and SME in Iskandar Malaysia through 3 areas which are capacity building, reskilling and upskilling, and funds and grants.

To register your interest in the programmes below, please click here.

Application for IMSTART, IMRent and IMURFARM is closed.

Rumah Iskandar Malaysia (RIM) is a gated housing project developed by IRDA on a 60-acre land with 1,500 apartment units in Iskandar Puteri.

RIM offers 3-bedroom (900sqft) and 4-bedroom (1,200sqft) units and is targeted for those working in Iskandar Malaysia which covers Iskandar Puteri,  Kulai,  Johor Bahru, zon Pasir Gudang dan sebahagian daripada daerah Pontian . 

For more information, please visit