Johor’s New Decade Growth plan is taking into account the national aspiration to ensure development and progress is in tandem with national development.

ISKANDAR PUTERI: Johor’s New Decade Growth plan is taking into account the national aspiration to ensure development and progress is in tandem with national development.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the state government’s mission and vision was to ensure that the next 10 years would be the Golden Decade for Johor.

He said the initiatives and programmes outlined by the state government in state building would complement those at the Federal level including Vision 2020 and National Transformation 2050 (TN50).

“We want to emerge not only as the new economic powerhouse in the country but also proud of its harmony and tolerance among Bangsa Johor, sustainable environment and good social standing,” said Khaled.

He was replying to questions by Mohd Azhar Ibrahim (BN-Tenang) on how Johoreans were responding to Johor’s New Decade Growth plan introduced last October.

Khaled said the state government would focus on two key areas in the plan namely infrastructure development and human capital development.

“Concerted effort is needed from all stakeholders from the public and private sectors and community at large to ensure the success of the plan,” he said.

Khaled said the initiatives and programmes outlined in the plan were based on local reference without following other countries or regions.

He said 10 years were deemed appropriate and realistic to develop, transform and position Johor into an economic powerhouse and bring the state to the next level.

Meanwhile, Johor Tourism, Trade and Consumerism committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said Johor had the right ecosystem to emerge as the new economic powerhouse.

He said Johor emerged as the only state in Malaysia which recorded the highest investment in the manufacturing sector for five consecutive years from 2013 until 2017.

“We are confident of maintaining our position as the top investment destination for manufacturing sector this year based on our previous records,” Tee said after the state assembly sitting ended in Kota Iskandar here.

He said Johor received RM14.4bil investments in 2013 in the manufacturing sector and RM21.1bil (2014), RM31.1bil in 2015, RM26.4bil (2016) and RM21.9bil (2017).

Tee said the state government was not worried although there was a decline in figures from 2016 to 2017 because of slower global economic growth and economic uncertainties.

"For the past five years, we have recorded RM115.06bil in investments in the manufacturing sector, creating 74,576 job opportunities,” he said.

Source: The Star Online