ISKANDAR PUTERI: Johor hopes the process of declaring Segamat as a new economic growth area in the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) corridor can be expedited.
Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said this would help the state government drive economic development in Johor.
He said the plan to make Segamat part of ECER was mooted by the Federal Government two years ago, following the success of the economic corridor in attracting RM1.61bil investment in Mersing.
“Following this, ECER announced plans to widen its territory through its ECER Masterplan 2.0, which involved the Segamat district.
“The state government has plans for this district by focusing on the agriculture sector through our food security initiative, ” he added.
Hasni, who is the Benut assemblyman, said this in his winding-up speech during the state assembly sitting held at Bangunan Sultan Ismail here.
He also said the state government was appealing for the Federal Government to make the declaration official as soon as possible.
Segamat district covers 2,807 sq km and is home to more than 200,000 people. Its main economic activities are agriculture, agritourism, ecotourism and light manufacturing.
Hasni said the state welcomed and supported economic development corridors such as Iskandar Malaysia and ECER to spur growth within an area.
Development projects within Iskandar Malaysia focused on three districts — Johor Baru, Kulai and Pontian — while ECER only covered Mersing, he said.
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced that Segamat would be part of the ECER when launching the groundbreaking ceremony of the Gemas-Johor Baru double-tracking and electrification project on April 3,2018.
The ECER was introduced in 2007 and covered the east coast of the peninsula, namely Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Mersing in Johor.