KLUANG: The state government will ensure infrastructure and developments projects are fairly distributed, including in all districts in Johor to benefit the people.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said this included rural and remote areas such as Felda settlements in the state.
“We have never sidelined other districts outside Johor Baru and Iskandar Malaysia economic growth corridor,’’ he said after presenting land titles to 607 recipients from Felda Ulu Penggeli, Kampung Seri Cahaya and Kampung Ilham.
Also present at the event in Felda Ulu Penggeli was Defence Minister and Special Functions Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, who is also Sembrong MP.
Mohamed Khaled said Johor’s mission and vision was to emerge as the region’s new economic powerhouse and it could only be achieved if all Johoreans work together.
“We want to bring economic benefits to Johoreans in other districts and not only for those in Johor Baru and Iskandar Malaysia,’’ he said.
Mohamed Khaled said Johoreans should put in more effort to make Johor prosper and develop under the Johor Berkemajuan concept (Progressive Johor) and should feel proud of Johor.
He said the state government would rely on the districts’ strength and capacity to further develop key economic activities and take them to the next level.
The districts are Johor Baru, Batu Pahat, Muar, Pontian, Kulai, Kota Tinggi, Kluang, Mersing, Segamat and Tangkak.
Mohamed Khaled said for instance, Muar was well-known internationally for furniture making, Batu Pahat for its textile, electrical and electronics industries, Segamat for its agricultural activities and Mersing for fishing.
“Kota Tinggi is being developed and positioned as one of the leading oil and gas (O&G) hubs in the region with Pengerang as the main driver for the O&G sector,’’ he said.
Mohamed Khaled said the state government would also encourage home ownership with the development of homes under the Johor Affordable Homes Scheme in all districts.
“While demand is higher in Iskandar Malaysia due to the higher population in south Johor, there is also demand for such houses in other parts of Johor,’’ he said.
He said the number of units would be built accordingly in the respective districts.