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Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:05

Successful Iskandar

New Straits Times

by Sim Bak Heng, p.B1, 11 Dec 2013

The opening of Traders Hotel, Puteri Harbour Indoor Theme Park and Legoland Resort Malaysia reflects the success in developing Iskandar Malaysia as a tourism and business destination, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, here, yesterday.

Since their opening in June, Traders Hotel and the Puteri Harbour theme park have welcomed 90,000 visitors.  The Legoland Malaysia Theme Park, which opened more than a year ago, has played host to about two million visitors ... Of the total RM129.44 billion investments, 35% are from foreigners.  His speech was read by Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin...

"A lot have been achieved but much more needs to be done if Iskandar Malaysia is to achieve its 2025 target of having a population of three million, 1.46 million jobs and a cumulative investment of RM383 billion over 20 years. "The Federal Government is committed to ensuring the success of Iskandar Malaysia and we are working with the Johor government, the private and public sectors, and the people of Johor to ensure the economic region's growth."

Najib is thankful that Iskandar Malaysia is well and truly off the ground and the people are starting to see growth taking shape in the economic region.  "It is vital to ensure that projects are successfully completed on time and within the budget to build investor and public confidence in Iskandar Malaysia and attract more investments.  "This will generate a momentum that will bring about multiplier effects and sustainable economic activities."  ... Read the whole article here: