JOHOR BARU: All foreign investors coming into the state have been urged to provide opportunities to local businesses to participate in their projects.
State Tourism, Trade and Consumerism committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said locals suppliers, contractors and subcontractors should be considered for any project done in the state.
"Do not just rely on your own people for supplies as our local companies should also be given opportunities.
"The state government is always concerned and has emphasized the need for locals to be given jobs to participate in any foreign project.
"They should take it as part of their corporate social responsibility," he said during the opening of China based developer Greenland's Jade Palace sales gallery in Danga Bay here.
Asked whether he meant the China-based developers involved in mixed-mega developments in the state, he said that it covered all foreign investments including Hershey chocolate plant in Senai.
The plant is being developed for RM800mil.
Besides Greenland, other China property developers already developing projects in Iskandar Malaysia are Guangzhou-based R&F Properties Co Ltd, which was developing the Princess Cove at Tanjung Puteri, which will deliver some 3,200 residential units to the market.
Country Garden Holdings Co Ltd launched 9,000 residential units last year.
The Hong Kong listed company is also developing a 1,368ha man-made island called Forest City on the Tebrau Straits, which will see a mix of residential and commercial units.
Meanwhile, Greenland Malaysia general manager Wu Shao Hua in his speech said that Greenland Group has expanded to 13 countries worldwide.
He added that the project in Johor would cover investments of RM2.8bil to build luxury waterfront residences.
"This will cover about 2,800 units in a project site spanning 6.8ha," he said, promising top-notch services for all guests at their new sales gallery.
He stressed that their sales gallery was designed by one of the world's five top architects.
We added that as it was the company's first project in the state, they were introducing a unique service system which encompasses health and personal care service, education, cultural and sporting facilities and an international clubhouse.