Muhyiddin: Over RM320bil invested in Iskandar Malaysia

JOHOR BARU: Iskandar Malaysia has recorded RM322.1bil in total cumulative investments until June this year and helped create more than 750,000 jobs within the southern economic corridor, says Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) co-chairman said he was glad the people within Iskandar Malaysia continue to benefit from its development.

"Iskandar Malaysia, as an economic region, has shown excellent investment achievements from its inception until today.

"However, I am more excited to see the region's many accomplishments in ensuring that the rakyat are not left behind and building a cohesive and resilient community amidst its fast-paced development," he said in a statement here on Wednesday (Oct 21).

Muhyiddin recently chaired Irda's members of authority (MOA) conference via video on Sunday (Oct 19) where several proposals were made.

Among the proposals include organising a data collection effort through civil society organisations (CSOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Another proposed initiative was to enhance community-based institutions leaders' competencies and skills where the committees as well as appointed community representatives would go through a structured capacity-building exercise to enhance their effectiveness in delivering their roles.

A third proposal was to support the current Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package (Prihatin) and the Economic Recovery Plan (Penjana) government initiatives by incorporating financial literacy learning modules in all existing empowerment programmes.

The Pagoh MP said he believed other MOA members concurred with him on the rakyat-centric agenda in Iskandar Malaysia and endorsed all the proposed initiatives to help the rakyat further, especially during and after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Irda chief executive Datuk Ismail Ibrahim said that wealth sharing and inclusiveness was one of the main agenda of Iskandar Malaysia.

"Wealth sharing and inclusiveness agenda in the Comprehensive Development Plan aims to achieve equitable wealth for the community living in Iskandar Malaysia.

"An important aspect in ensuring that this agenda is sustainable is to ensure that the ecosystem promotes social connectedness to help society participate in the decision-making process and implementation of locally-based initiatives," he said.

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