[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]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 (part of the Iskandar Learning Festival), reskilling and upskilling, and funds and grants.

Under this initiative applicants can look for the right programme to help them recover and sustain their livelihood from reskilling and upskilling technical skills, building soft skills to getting the necessary grants and funds to back their businesses.

Learn more about the programmes in the section below.

Do come back as more programmes will be made available in the near future.

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Community Social Enterprise – Small Business Capital

What it is all about

To provide start-up capital up to RM10,000 based on the business proposal.

Who can apply

  1. Minimum of 3 people in a group who are interested to start small business
  2. Must be people who are fall in the categories: B40 group and priority given to Single Mother, Orphan, OKU, Senior Citizen, Indian community, Fisherman, Indigenous community, former prisoners/juveniles and military/police retiree.

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Capacity Building Programme

What it is all about 

To provide assistance to targeted groups to overcome the barrier that can hinder their participation in that economic activities and generate income by providing:

  1. Short Course and Skills that leads to Entrepreneurship for 3 months.
  2. Short Course and Skills that leads to Employment for 3 months and 6 month incentive to Employers

Who can apply

  1. All B40 group in Iskandar Malaysia.
  2. Priority given to nine (9) targeted group : Single Mother, Orphan, OKU, Senior Citizen, Indian community, Fisherman, Indigenous community, former prisoners/juveniles and military/police retiree.

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IM Makmur Fund

What it is all about 

Fund up to RM20,000 to lead, coordinate and conduct socio-economy activities to minimum of 20 people from targeted group.

Who can apply

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Mobile Vehicle Business

What is all about

Matching grant to a maximum of RM150,000.

Who Can Apply

  • Open to Malaysian aged 18-40 year old residing and operating business in Iskandar Malaysia.
  • Open for new business only.
  • Applicant must be part of top management in the said business.
  • Interested and have potential in business.
  • Business in truck.

What is the scope of the grant

  • Purchase of vehicle.
  • Machinery and equipment.

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Shared Business Facilities

What is it all about

Matching grant to a maximum of RM125,000.

Who Can Apply

  • Open to Malaysian aged 18-40 year old residing and operating business in Iskandar Malaysia.
  • Open for new business only.
  • Applicant must be part of top management in the said business.
  • Interested and have potential in business.
  • Minumum of 5 SMEs running businesses under one roof.

What is the scope of the grant

  • Renovation cost.
  • Rental – up to 3 months @ 15 percent of total maximum grant approved whichever is lower.

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Iskandar Malaysia Urban Farming (IMURFARM) 2.0 – Kebun Bandar is a grant for low income community in urban areas to carry out urban farming project with the objective of earning income through high-yield crops or urban and modern agriculture practices.

Who can apply

  • B40 and M40 between the age of 18-40 years old.
  • Retrenched workers/Unemployed Graduates.
  • Have agriculture background / experience / interest.
  • Willing to sign 2-year contract with IRDA.
  • Willing to provide full commitment and have plans to become an entrepreneur in food and agro.

How long is the duration of the programme

Minimum 2 years.

What models of farming are involved

  • Outdoor Integrated Farming System – Fertigation, NFT and Madu Kelulut.
  • Indoor Farming System – Vegetable / Mushroom.
  • Indoor Farming System with IOT Solutions.

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IMEG of Iskandar Malaysia Employment Grant assists the targeted group in gaining employment with high paying jobs in a rapidly expanding economic corridor through 50:50 salary matching grant, eligible to apply up to RM2000 per employee for 6 months.

Who can apply

  • Employer retain workers during pandemic Covid19 starting from January 2020.
  • Employer new hiring starting from March 2020 onwards.
  • Employers should have registered with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM).
  • Employees earning RM4,000 or less (Executive Level and above).
  • Local employees ONLY.

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50:50 rental matching grant for maximum monthly rental of RM1,500.

Who can apply

  • Small medium enterprises (SME)
  • Bumiputra entrepreneurs only.


Quality Living

  • Programmes
  • Live
  • 1001 Experiences in Iskandar Malaysia
  • Rumah Iskandar Malaysia

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.

  • Recreation
  • Culture & Heritage
  • Housing
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Safety & Security


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.

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 . 

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