Written by Rui Hoe
Speaking to a friend about Johor, Malaysia and he has this perception that Iskandar Malaysia is Johor. It’s not the first time where I’ve met someone who has this perception. So to be clear, Iskandar Malaysia is a development plan encompassing 5 areas (Flagship Zones) of Johor.
Flagship A: Johor Baru City
As Iskandar develops, this area will continue to be Johor’s Central Business District and the main gateway into and out of Singapore, via the Causeway. The Iskandar authorities have plans to revamp Johor Baru into a cultural and commercial hub to draw tourists.
Flagship B: Nusajaya
Nusajaya, sitting on 9,712ha of land, is where most of Iskandar’s “catalyst” projects will be developed. These are the projects expected to drive Iskandar’s economic and population growth. The authorities expect half a million people to be living in Nusajaya by 2025.
Flagship C: Western Gate Development
This former fishing village has been turned into one of Malaysia’s most important maritime hubs, centring on the Port of Tanjung Pelepas. Its economy will be driven by warehousing and logistics, the petrochemical industry, high-tech manufacturing and food production. Upcoming projects in the area include a power plant, a bunker terminal and an 896ha maritime centre that has attracted up to RM16 billion (S$6.7 billion) of foreign investment.
Flagship D: Eastern Gate Development
This industrial and manufacturing hub is focused on the electronic, chemical and logistics industries. The flagship D area has the largest concentration of palm oil refining industries and downstream activities in the world.
Flagship E: Senai-Skudai
This area covers two small towns in Iskandar Malaysia, namely Senai and Skudai. Skudai is a rapidly expanding suburb of Johor Baru, while Senai is part of the new growth corridor of south-west Johor. Apart from Senai International Airport, this area is also the base for several major multinational electronics manufacturers. With more than 405ha of available land within the vicinity of Senai Airport, the authorities here are hoping to draw investors to set up large-scale commercial and airport-related developments.