Budget 2024 to help Greater JB take shape as a metropolis

Deputy Investment, Trade, and Industry Minister Liew Chin Tong (middle) overseeing the road improvement works during his visit to the Chinese Cemetery in Kampung Gelang Patah, Iskandar Puteri

ISKANDAR PUTERI: Budget 2024 is expected to cater to the development of Greater Johor Baru, which will transform it into the second metropolitan city after the Klang Valley, says Deputy Investment, Trade and Industry Minister Liew Chin Tong.

The proximity to Singapore will also have a spillover impact for the state in terms of electric vehicle (EV) industries, making Johor a hub for EVs in the country, he added.

“I have proposed the concept of Greater JB (to the government), which includes the Iskandar Malaysia area, to be given extra attention due to the active development in these regions.

“Paired with the migration of industries from China to South-East Asia, the Greater JB area can play a huge role in attracting more investment and boosting the country’s economy.

“One of the industries we are looking at is EV, and since our neighbour Singapore has adopted the industry, we can expect Johor to become an EV hub as well,” he told reporters after a working visit to the Chinese Cemetery in Kampung Gelang Patah here on Monday (Sept 25).

Liew, the Iskandar Puteri MP, said the Local Government Development Ministry has allocated RM200,000 to repair the road at the cemetery.

“The development started on Aug 30 and is expected to be fully completed within the next two weeks,” he said.

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