ISKANDAR MALAYSIA, Saturday, 15 February 2014:  A total of RM1.5 million has been allocated by the Federal Government to upgrade and provide cycling lanes and pedestrian pathways in Iskandar Malaysia.

This was announced today by YAB Dato’ Mohamed Khaled Nordin, Menteri Besar of Johor who launched the cycling lanes, pedestrian pathways, and two recreation parks in Taman Seri Austin, Johor Bahru that had also been gazetted as smoke-free parks.

“The State Government has also allocated RM100,000 for this initiative, which is one of the many carried out under the Smart and Healthy City and Community Programme,” said Dato’ Mohamed Khaled.

The Programme aimed at enhancing the people’s quality of life, and to achieve a sustainable economic and technological ecosystem that would ultimately create smart, connected and inclusive communities. Taman Seri Austin was the first urban community to be selected for the Programme.

“I believe programmes like this will encourage the rakyat to lead a healthier lifestyle and get involved in fitness activities such as jogging and cycling,” said Dato’ Mohamed Khaled.

IRDA Chief Executive Datuk Ismail Ibrahim said that the Programme is a translation of IRDA’s objective of developing Iskandar Malaysia as a smart, healthy and green metropolis. He also said that focus group discussions involving local community members and cyclists will be held today to gain feedback from the users on the effectiveness of the Programme.

“We look forward to hearing from the participants as to how we can help improve the Programme and in making it sustainable for the community,” said Datuk Ismail.

Apart from cycling and walking for 10,000 steps, participants at the event received free ear, nose and throat checks, and dental treatment provided by the State Health Department. There was also an exhibition on Smart and Healthy City and Community held during the launch.

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