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Malaysia's Got Talent

After decades of struggling to connect with mainstream moviegoers, Malaysian cinema is on a roll, buoyed by three films that each surpassed the market’s previous alltime box office record set by Skop Production’s action flick K.L. Gangster in 2011.

Iskandar Malaysia BRT system gets the green light

The government has given the green light for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system for Iskandar Malaysia, in a report by Bernama. According Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) chief executive officer Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, the project was expected take off by next year.

The project will involve three phases, with the first scheduled for completion by 2020. “We (IRDA) have not finalised the cost because we need time to prepare the working paper including on the financing module and engineering aspects,” he said.

‘Make JB the second biggest city’

JOHOR BARU: The Sultan of Johor has set the target of making Johor Baru the second biggest city in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur.

Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar said the southern city was poised to make the grade because of its swift transformation and strategic location next to Singapore, which other states did not enjoy.

He said in many countries, there were always two competing cities, citing Beijing and Shanghai, Melbourne and Sydney, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, and New York and Los Angeles.

The lure of Iskandar

ISKANDAR Malaysia, previously known as the Iskandar Development Region, is the main southern development corridor in the country. Located in the south in Johor, the development area is administered by the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and encompasses some 2,217 sq km covering Johor Baru city, Pontian, Senai, Pasir Gudang and the new administrative capital in Iskandar Puteri.

While the idea of the Iskandar Development project and its vision rocked the real estate industry when it was launched, all the hype and conundrum fizzled out as fast as it flourished.

Msia to develop special bike lanes for immigration clearance at Causeway, Second Link

SINGAPORE: There will be less hassle for motorcyclists as Malaysia will implement M-Bike at both the Causeway and Second Link for immigration clearance. The development of M-Bike facilities and infrastructure will see a total of 100 lanes in Bangunan Sultan Iskandar and 50 lanes in Kompleks Sultan Abu Bakar. It is similar to the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority’s Bikes II which allows simultaneous automated self-immigration clearance. The travel facilitation was discussed at the 12th Malaysia-Singapore Joint Ministerial Committee Meeting for Iskandar Malaysia, Tuesday.

PM says four mega projects to propel Johor’s development

ISKANDAR PUTERI, March 6 — The Forest City and High-Speed ​​Rail projects are two of four mega projects that will become the catalysts of Johor’s development, the prime minister said.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the other two mega projects were the Gemas-Johor Baru electrified double tracking project and the Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex.

Reading university in Johor eyes S'pore students

The EduCity education hub in Iskandar has its sights set on the international student market, with Singapore a key part of the target audience.

For the University of Reading, which officially opened its EduCity campus on Thursday, part of its pitch is that students get the same quality British education at half the cost of attending the campus in Britain. It aims to have international students form about 30 per cent of the overall intake.

Johor aims to be a major world player with new halal park

PASIR GUDANG: Johor is aiming high and wants to emerge as one of the main players in the global halal industry with the setting up of the Johor Halal Park (JHP) in Cahaya Baru near here.

Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin said Johor had the advantage compared with other states which also have their own halal parks as the JHP was totally different in its set up.

Johor plans its own cyber city in Iskandar

JOHOR BARU: A second cyber city to rival Cyberjaya in Selangor is being planned for Johor, with 20,234 hectares of land in Iskandar Malaysia being set aside for a global data hub. The menteri besar, Mohamed Khaled Nordin, said several sites had also been identified for other industries in Sedenak and surrounding areas.

Country Garden unveils RM175b 'Forest City' project

SINGAPORE: "Forest City", a lush urban getaway on four man-made islands in Iskandar Malaysia was formally unveiled on Friday by Country Garden Holdings Co Ltd, a Hong Kong-listed property developer.

Sprawled over 1,386.05ha, Forest City is a joint development with Johor's Esplanade Danga 88 Sdn Bhd.

Forest City is South-East Asia's first and largest mixed-use green development in terms of the number of units to be built with a vertical greenery and smart city design theme.