JOHOR BARU: Iskandar Malaysia continues to attract strong interest from domestic and foreign investors, securing RM208bil (S$69.47 billion) from 2006 until June 30, 2016.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that of the total cumulative committed investments, RM106.43billion, or 51 per cent, have been realised as projects on the ground.

He said from the total figure of RM208 billion, domestic investments made up RM124billion, or 60 per cent, while 40 per cent or RM84.05billion came from foreign investors.

"The Federal Government will continue to give our support to Iskandar Malaysia," Najib said in his speech at the opening of Iskandar Malaysia Greenland Smart City Experiential Centre (SmartXP) at Helios Cove, Permas Jaya, yesterday.

Also present at the event were Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin, Iskandar Regional Development (Irda) Authority chief executive officer Datuk Ismail Ibrahim and Greenland Group chairman and president Zhang Yuliang.

Najib, who is the co-chairman of Irda, said Iskandar Malaysia was on course to achieve its status as a strong and sustainable metropolis of international standing by 2025.

He said the country's first economic growth corridor was the best model of partnership involving both the public and private sectors which contributed to its progress and development.

"The success of Iskandar Malaysia today is the cumulative hard work by all stakeholders for 10 years.

"I'm looking forward to celebrating Iskandar Malaysia's 10th anniversary this year," said Najib.

He said Iskandar Malaysia, which was set up in November 2006, would be leading the way in the development of the smart city project in the region.

Ismail said the top five foreign investors from 2006 until June this year were from China, Singapore, the United States, Japan and Spain.

Earlier, when opening the Kota Tinggi Umno division meeting, Najib reminded Umno members to be loyal to the party and not to be influenced by lies spread via the social media.

The Umno president said these lies were spread by irresponsible people.

He wanted Johor Umno to remain strong as he hoped for the state to remain a Barisan Nasional stronghold in the next general election.

On the launch of the new political party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, Najib questioned how it could work with DAP when former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin have hit out at the party before as anti-Islam, anti-Malay and chauvinistic when they were in Umno.

He said that during the last Umno general assembly, he had extended his hand for peace and unity, but it was not accepted.