NUSAJAYA: The Kedah and Johor governments are exploring opportunities to work together in developing the tourism and trading sectors in both states.
Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, who was in Johor for a two-day work visit, said that the two potential sectors were identified as they were found to have similarities between both states.
He said that there would be more opportunities to bring in products from small and medium enterprises in Kedah to Johor and vice versa, but they would have to sort out the logistic matters.
“For tourism, there is much to learn from Johor in terms of promotions, and I am sure that there are many tourism products within the state to attract Kedahans,” said Mukhriz in a press conference after attending a briefing on Johor’s developments.
He added that the visit to Johor was the second stop in the Kedah government’s Transformation Ties programme where they made a courtesy call to the Malacca government in February.
“Johor also contributes largely to the nation’s tourism, oil and gas industry, service sector and property development, so I believe that through this visit, we were able to learn from the state administration’s experience and challenges,” said Mukhriz.
Meanwhile, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin said that they welcomed the 60-strong Kedah entourage, which included its state secretary, executive councillors, heads of departments and state representatives.
Mohamed Khaled added that there was a lot of potential for their partnership to flourish as Kedah was the largest paddy producer in the country, while Johor produces the most fruits and vegetables in Malaysia.
“This is the beginning of a good relationship between both states, and we have formed an understanding between us for more opportunities to work together in future,” he added.
Among the places visited by the Kedah entourage were the Kota Iskandar state administrative centre, Pinewood Studios and BioXCell biotechnology park in Nusajaya.