‘Chase the Lion’

MB Johor Dato’ Seri Khaled Nordin

Menteri Besar Johor Dato’ Seri Khaled Nordin had strategic economic agenda for the state to be an economic powerhouse and to ride on the growth and spill over effect of the Singapore economy and global trading and financial standing.

The Edge Market story:

GE14: Johor BN launches manifesto, aims to “Chase the Lion”


JOHOR BAHRU (April 14): Johor Barisan Nasional (BN) launched its manifesto, based on five thrusts including ensuring sustainable economic development, providing comprehensive infrastructure and talent development.

The ruling coalition will not let Johor become the ‘backwater’ to Singapore, said Johor BN chairman and menteri besar Datuk Seri Mohd Khaled Nordin at the launching event held at the Persada International Convention Centre in Johor Bahru today.

“Johor BN will not let Johor be the backwater to anyone, especially Singapore. We will not just sit here and watch Singapore develop itself, while not doing anything on our side. The southern tiger will chase the lion,” said Khaled, drawing loud applause from the attendees.

As the incumbent state government, Johor BN wants to position the state as a new economic power in the region, and become an economic and development competitor to any state or region, especially its southern neighbour.

The coalition offers a total of 230 pledges for the people in Johor over the next five years. Among the most notable pledges include developing each district based on its economic strengths and needs.

For example, Muar’s furniture manufacturing industry will be developed further with the development of Muar Furniture Park. The district will also be turned into an education hub for the country, mostly through the Pagoh University City which is home to about 7,000 students.

Segamat will be developed into the “Agriculture Hub of National Importance” or “The Holland of Malaysia”. The state government has planned to develop nucleus farms – named Agro Mix Farms – on a 46 acre site, which will be expanded to 100 acres over the next five years.

The state’s BN also pledged to increase the growth rate of the gross domestic product (GDP) to an average of 6% over the next five years , said Khaled. BN Johor is also committed to ensure the success of mega projects in the state, he added.

The mega projects that the coalition is promoting include the Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID), the development of Pengerang Industrial Park with a RM1.1 billion investment, Ibrahim International Business District and Johor Bio Desaru Food Valley.

Other mega projects include :

1.       Developing Jemaluang Dairy Valley to create job opportunities in dairy processing industry

2.       Developing Nusajaya Tech Park with the aim of creating 20,000 job opportunities

3.       Johor Halal Park

4.       Sedenak Iskandar Data Centre Hub

5.       Boosting Johor’s position as the National Logistics Hub

Continuing on the coalition’s target to “Chase the Lion”, a reference to Singapore, which is known as the Lion City, Khaled said that it will develop the state’s tourism attractions and infrastructure, in order to compete with Singapore in attracting tourists from across the region.

“If Singapore has Gardens by the Bay, we will develop Desaru Coast, a multibillion tourism development which will see many world-class hotels and resorts. Desaru Coast will also have the largest wave pool in Southeast Asia,” said Khaled.

Desaru Coast, which is currently being developed at a cost of RM4.5 billion, will be operational this coming June, the manifesto read. In addition to that and Legoland and Hello Kitty Town, other tourism attractions that will be developed in Johor include :

1.       Sci-Fi Universe, a science fiction-based theme park with an investment of RM400 million

2.       Johor Eco Entertainment Park to be developed in Bandar Akademi YPJ Kota Tinggi with an investment of RM2.7 billion

3.       Pengerang Waterfront worth RM100 million

On the social side, Johor BN also pledges to reduce the burden of the high cost of living among the bottom 40 (B40) and middle 40 (M40) through several programmes, including by expanding “imCoop” across Johor by adding 50 more fair price shops by 2020.

The coalition also pledges to continue the Johor Affordable Housing Scheme, or Rumah Mampu Milik Johor (RMMJ) by building another 100,000 houses  by 2023. Johor BN also wants to expand the rent-to-own scheme to those with a household income of below RM3,000.

On the pledge to build 100,000 RMMJ by 2023, which coincidentally is similar to what Pakatan Harapan offered in their manifesto for Johor, Khaled said that the opposition coalition copied the state government’s ideas.

“When they copied our ideas, this shows that we are on the right track,” said Khaled.

Through the mega projects and economic policies, the state BN targets to create about 250,000 new job opportunities, including 14,000 high skill jobs through Iskandar Shares Services and Outsourcing initiative, 5,000 jobs in the furniture industry and another 5,000 in the oil and gas industry.

This commitment to increase job opportunities in the state will be followed by efforts to reduce dependence on foreign labour, said Khaled. For starters, the state government is in the midst of developing a Labour Rationalisation Plan, he added.

On infrastructural development, some RM600 million will be allocated for the maintenance of rural roads. The North – South Expressway between Yong Peng and Johor Bahru will also be upgraded to six lanes, from the current four lanes.

RM350 million worth of investment will be channelled towards developing the state’s sports infrastructure, mostly for the construction of the Johor Bahru Sport City and Arena Larkin. Mini stadiums will also be built in each districts, said Khaled.

Ending his presentation, Khaled said that Johor BN is not competing against Pakatan Harapan when crafting the manifesto. Instead, the coalition has a bigger aim, which is to make Johor as competitive as Singapore in the international arena.

“We must work hard to make Johor as the best state in Malaysia, so that within five to 10 years, the story of our success will be echoed, not only throughout the nation, but also across the Tebrau Strait. Let everyone knows that this Southern Tiger can roar as loud as the Red Lion,” he said.


The Edge Market story based on Bernama report:

Johor set to outperform Klang Valley in economic contributions

ISKANDAR PUTERI (March 6): Johor’s rapid growth, which has been projected to continue in the next few years, may result in the state outperforming the Klang Valley in terms of contributions to the nation’s economy.

Johor Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, said he was confident the state’s economic growth would continue to accelerate within the next 10 years due to factors such as the over-development in the Klang Valley and its lack of space for future development.

He said his confidence was also based on Johor receiving the highest amount of investment in the manufacturing sector for four consecutive years since 2013 and being among the highest contributors to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP).

“If we want to compare among Johor, Selangor and Penang, Penang is a small state, whereas Selangor is benefiting from the spillover from Kuala Lumpur (KL).

“When KL spends around KL, Selangor benefits. We do not have that in Johor, but look at how the state has been developing now,” he told Bernama in his office in Kota Iskandar recently.

Johor’s economic growth was backed by its strength in various sectors, he said, adding that the state was the nation’s third biggest contributor in major economic sectors, except for the mining sector.

Mohamed Khaled, who was also the Joint Chairman for the Iskandar Region Development Authority, said that from 2011 to 2016, Johor’s economic growth had surpassed the nation’s economic growth rate, with an average of 5.9% compared with Malaysia’s 5.1%.

In 2016, the state’s GDP growth was recorded at 5.7%, the third highest following Labuan (7.2%) and KL (5.9%).

In order to boost the state’s economic growth, the state authority had launched the Johor Strategic Development Plan in 2016, he said.

He said among other things, it included plans to capitalise on each district’s economic potential according to their respective niche and advantages.

For example, Muar would be developed as an education and furniture hub, while Mersing would be developed under the tourism sector, he said.

Mohamed Khaled, who is also the Permas Assemblyman, said the plan was crafted in such a way as it would be impossible for each district to be developing the same project.

“We do not want what is being done in Iskandar or Pengerang to be done in other districts, that is impossible.

“This is why we choose to develop each district according to their respective niche,” he said.

He said the rapid development in Johor Bahru, Pengerang and the Iskandar Malaysia Economic Region should not spark any jealousy among the residents in other districts, as the gains from the developments in those districts would be used to fund the developments in other districts in the state.

“The state government’s approach will ensure that the development in Johor is inclusive, balanced and ensures the people’s prosperity.

“If we do not have any development in any districts, especially in Iskandar and Pengerang, we will not have any resources or capability to develop other districts,” he said.

Mohamed Khaled said that by choosing to develop Johor in an inclusive and balanced manner, the state government would have to ensure that there would not be a large economic gap between the districts.


This is a good strategy considering the projected Singapore GDP for 2018 is USD350 billion and the GDP per capita in the terms of purchase power parity (PPP) is third highest in the world.

In a Straits Times report, Johoreans prefer the investment from Singapore compared to other investor nations.

Johoreans ‘prefer Singapore investments’

Chinese developer Country Garden Pacific View responded to criticism that its RM444 billion (S$150 billion) investment in property project Forest City did not benefit locals by announcing last year that more than 40 per cent of its capital expenditurPUBLISHED

Poll shows state residents do not see China’s economic presence as beneficial to them

JOHOR BARU • Residents in Malaysia’s southern state of Johor welcome foreign investments generally, but favour investments from neighbouring Singapore over those from China, says a recent survey.

A poll conducted last month by the Merdeka Centre for Opinion Research showed that 69 per cent of 1,007 survey respondents in Johor were in favour of investments from Singapore, but only 56 per cent of them welcomed investments from China, according to The Malaysian Insight (TMI) news site yesterday.

Johoreans, according to the news site, do not see themselves benefiting from China’s growing economic presence in the state, largely in the form of multibillion-ringgit property developments.

“We don’t feel the positive effects,” Mr Zayani Ismail told TMI.

“The only thing they have done is drive up the local property prices and make it harder for people like me to buy a home in Johor Baru,” said the 32-year-old executive.

Many locals view Chinese investments with a mixture of disinterest and suspicion, mainly because the bulk of these investments were in high-end real estate, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute senior fellow Francis E. Hutchinson told TMI.

“The perception is that this drives up housing prices and many of those buying the newly completed units will not be local,” he said.

The survey also showed that more Johoreans – 29 per cent – were dissatisfied with Chinese investments than with Singaporean investments, which saw a dissatisfaction rate of 18 per cent.

Average Johoreans believe that Chinese projects do not provide enough local job opportunities, Dr Hutchinson said, in contrast to the involvement of Singapore-based multinationals in the 1980s development of Pasir Gudang that had directly benefited Johoreans.

“Beyond the jobs created, an important new township was developed in a sparsely populated part of the state,” he explained.

  • 69%
  • Of respondents were in favour of investments from Singapore.
  • 56%
  • Welcomed investments from China.

According to the TMI report, Chinese developer Country Garden Pacific View responded to criticism that its RM444 billion (S$150 billion) investment in property project Forest City did not benefit locals by announcing last year more than 40 per cent of its capital expenditure went to pay local firms.

Despite its revelation that RM4.7 billion was spent on local consultancy services, law and architecture firms and construction materials, the average Johorean’s scepticism remains, the report said.

The historical relationship between Malaysia and Singapore – they were part of the Federation of Malaysia until 1965 – also plays a part in Johoreans favouring Singapore, said Dr Hutchinson.

Singapore investments are also viewed as more relevant to Johor because of their close geographical location, with the two linked across the Johor Strait by the 1km-long Causeway at Woodlands and the 2km-long Second Link at Tuas.

Nine in 10 Johoreans polled said there should be a high-speed railroad between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur; 81 per cent said there should be a third link between the two countries and 88 per cent said Johor and Singapore should be linked by an MRT service.


Khaled’s economic strategy to turn Johor into an economic powerhouse would have a desired effect on the creation of a quarter of million new jobs.

The Star story:

MB: Johor govt plans to turn state into economic powerhouse

  • Sunday, 21 Jan 2018

  • by mohd farhaan shah

    PASIR GUDANG: The Johor government has a long-term plan for the state and an aspiration to make it the new economic powerhouse in Malaysia, said Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.

    The Mentri Besar said mega projects such as the Rapid Transit System, Gemas-Johor Baru double tracking system, Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail and the Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development project in Pengerang would set Johor above others once completed.

    “More importantly, these mega projects – together with other developments taking place here – will generate 250,000 employment opportunities in the state,” he said in his speech before officiating SMK Dato’ Penggawa Timur’s 44th Parent-Teacher Association meeting here on Sunday (Jan 21).

    Mohamed Khaled also blasted certain parties for questioning the state government’s efforts in attracting foreign investments.

    “Without these investments, the state government cannot develop Johor’s economy. We can see how vibrant are the developments here,” he said.

    Mohamed Khaled added that unlike Barisan Nasional, the Opposition does not have any concrete plans for Johor.

    He said that the state government has been proactive in addressing the high cost of living, especially in urban areas, through building affordable homes and other initiatives.

    “We have built 27% of affordable homes in Johor so far with a price range of between RM40,000 and RM150,000, which is the cheapest in Malaysia,” he said.

    Mohamed Khaled said it was the responsibility of the Barisan-led state government to ensure that the people is able to benefit from development.

    “It is our aspiration to make Johor a developed state and its rakyat enjoy prosperous lives,” he added.

    Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/01/21/mb-state-govt-plans-to-turn-johor-into-economic-powerhouse/#3UW2vOVCdaJ4ZIiV.99


The Johor GLC firm of RM5.1 billion turnover Johor Corporation is set to embark on the Industrial Revolution 4.0, which is a manifest the shift on the state turning into an economic powerhouse.

Utusan online story:

JCorp sedia teroka Industri 4.0


JOHOR BAHRU 27 April – Kumpulan Johor Corporation Bhd. (JCorp) sedia meneroka bidang perniagaan global baharu terdiri daripada sektor Revolusi Perindustrian Ke-4 (Industri 4.0) pada masa depan.

Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin berkata, perancangan JCorp untuk me nyertai era Industri 4.0 merupakan satu usaha berterusan yang digerakkan pihaknya.

Mohamed Khaled yang juga Pengerusi JCorp bagaima napun membe ritahu, syarikat milik kerajaan negeri itu tidak akan tergesa-gesa sebalik nya akan mengikut perancangan ditetapkan.

“Penerokaan sektor Industri 4.0 ini akan dibuat mengikut keupayaan dan perancangan ditetapkan syarikat.

“JCorp merupakan instrumen terbaik kerajaan ne geri dalam menerokai bidang tersebut, sekali gus dapat memberi manfaat kepada rakyat seluruh negara,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian dalam sidang akhbar selepas me nyempurnakan Majlis Pelancaran Laporan Tahunan Johor Corporation Bhd. di Hotel Puteri Pacific, di sini hari ini.

Yang turut hadir, Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan negeri, Datuk Md. Jais Sarday serta Pre siden dan Ketua Eksekutif JCorp, Datuk Kamaruzzaman Abu Kassim.

Sementara itu, Kamaruzzaman mengumumkan JCorp telah merekodkan perolehan berjumlah RM5.579 bilion bagi kewa ngan 2017, peningkatan 4.1 peratus berbanding perolehan tahun sebelumnya.

Katanya, kejayaan itu merupakan satu pencapaian yang memberangsangkan dalam keadaan ekonomi glo bal yang tidak menentu sepanjang tahun lalu.

“Keuntungan selepas cukai bagi peringkat kumpulan pada 2017 turut mencatatkan peningkatan sebanyak 31 peratus iaitu sebanyak RM542 juta berbanding RM415 juta pada 2016.

“Daripada segi pemilikan aset, jumlah aset Kumpulan JCorp bagi 2017 adalah sebanyak RM21.795 bilion,” katanya.

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The RM120billion GDP Johor economy is poised to grow bigger, upon such prized investment such as the USD27 billion Petronas RAPID with investors such as Aramco of Saudi Arabia.

“It is a confidence shown for the Malaysian economy”, Minister in-charge Dato’ Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said at the signing between Petronas and Aramco.

Aramco committed USD7 billion in the project termed as a ‘Green Field project’. “Saudi Aramco will support any financing for the project”.

The past five years saw MB Johor Khaled policies and leadership brought transformation and increment in the Johor economy.

The trickle down has been felt by the rakyat.

This is attested by a professional serving one of the Johor GLCs, who saw MB Khaled move to follow through policies and being implemented through GLCs and SPVs.

“MB Johor Khaled has delivered what he promised since five years ago. His ratings for delivery and implementation have actually gone up”.

‘Chase the Lion’ is one of the MB Khaled’s strategy to put Johor at even better spot, in the challenges of the overall transformation of Malaysia.

*Updated 7 May 2018 1500hrs

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