JOHOR BARU: Iskandar Malaysia will give the young in Johor a better future, said Johor Baru MP Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad.
He said Iskandar Malaysia was “neither about real estate nor higher prices of property. It's about creating a future for the young”.
“Projects that have been implemented in Iskandar Malaysia will enable the new generation to build their future in the state.
“If business activities and development are Kuala Lumpur-centric with the aim of building a metropolis in the Klang Valley, youths will continue leaving their hometowns and villages to seek greener pastures in the federal capital.
“Without the development of economic corridors, many towns and cities may lose their importance as Kuala Lumpur will be absorbing all the young talents, the resources and interest of other states,” he said in a Malaysia Day interview.
Shahrir said the Johor populace had started to take ownership of some of the Iskandar Malaysia projects as seen by their enthusiasm in landmarks such as Legoland Malaysia, Cruyff Court Iskandar and Johor Premium Outlet.
“In six years, Iskandar Malaysia has changed Johor Baru with the potential it could offer to youths through Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios, University of Southampton campus and hospitals,” he said.
According to Shahrir, children and students should be exposed to the achievements of Iskandar Malaysia so that they could build affinity with the landmarks in the development corridor in the southern part of the peninsula.
Launched in November 2006 with an area of 2,217km, Iskandar Malaysia was identified as one of the high-impact developments under the Ninth Malaysia Plan and 10th Malaysia Plan. - Bernama
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