JOHOR BARU: The development and improvement of transport access network to connect areas in the state including Iskandar Malaysia are among the proposals suggested by the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) at the closed-door briefing with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad tonight.
IRDA chief executive Datuk Ismail Ibrahim said the proposal was crucial to accommodate future developments in the state, encompassing various modes of transportation such as rail, roads, sea and land.
“It (improvement and development of transport access) does not necessarily concentrate on Iskandar Malaysia Bus Rapid Transit project only. This concerns highways, roads that link the town centres not only in Iskandar Malaysia but also across the state of Johor.
“We look at aspects such as the North-South Expressway which links not only Iskandar Malaysia but across Johor and Peninsular Malaysia. We need to look at how the existing highways can accommodate usage based on the developments in Johor in the near and distant future,” he said when met by reporters her, today.
He was commenting on IRDA’s closed-door briefing with Dr Mahathir, who is also joint chairman of IRDA, on the development progress in Iskandar Malaysia at a hotel near Kulai.
The briefing session was also attended by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal who is also joint chairman of IRDA and Johor state secretary and IRDA board member Datuk Azmi Rohani.
Ismail said besides the transport access network, other proposals and views brought forth by IRDA at the briefing included issues on human capital and increasing community-based business, as well as business opportunities.
He said Dr Mahathir accepted the proposals and views made by IRDA while at the same time the Prime Minister also gave his proposals and views on how the Federal Government and IRDA could work together to address the prevailing issues.
He said even though the briefing session with the Prime Minister was not the first being held, it was greatly appreciated by IRDA.
“Tun (Dr Mahathir) was positive on the efforts undertaken in Iskandar Malaysia and puts his trust that Iskandar Malaysia will continue to develop according to plan, based on the vision for the economic corridor,” he said. - BernamaSource: New Straits Times