JOHOR BARU: Johor government will take a pro-business and investor-friendly approach to attract more investments as part of its measures to recover from the impact of Covid-19 and the movement control order to stem its spread.
State investment, entrepreneur development, cooperative and human resource committee chairman Mohd Izhar Ahmad said such actions were important to make Johor an ideal destination for investors.
“We need not only maintain investors that are already here, but also attract more foreign and domestic investors to Johor.
“This is because we are not only competing with other states but also neighbouring countries in attracting high quality domestic and foreign investors,” he added.
Mohd Izhar, who is Larkin assemblyman, said this during a press conference after conducting a working visit to Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP) here.
He added that for foreign investors, the state government would help fast track their applications for Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) to enter the country via Johor-Singapore Causeway and Malaysia-Singapore Second Link.
The RGL will allow 400 Malaysians and Singaporeans to travel to and from the two countries every week but this is restricted to official travel and important business matters.
Mohd Izhar said besides that, the state government would be working closely with agencies including local authorities in attracting investors.
“We have to make sure that our industrial areas, which is under the jurisdiction of local councils, are conducive to maintain investors and factory owners.
“We need to continue having more engagement programmes with present investors and business owners, besides industrial area developers,” he added.
He pointed out that in Iskandar Malaysia alone, there were 110 industrial areas with MBIP having the most with 26 locations under its jurisdiction.
Mohd Izhar added that among the major industrial areas under MBIP was the Nusajaya Technology Park, which was jointly developed by Singapore’s CapitaLand and Malaysia’s UEM Sunrise.
He said the park was located within a 210ha land area, which would provide 20,000 employment opportunities from 200 local and international companies.
Mohd Izhar also said he would be conducting working visits to other districts such as Pontian, Pengerang, Batu Pahat and Kluang within the next four months.
“With the cooperation and commitment shown by local councils, I do hope that our measures will bring a positive effect in spurring investment activities throughout Johor,” he added.
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