ISKANDAR PUTERI: Information technology will be the driving force for the state administration in creating an intelligent Johor where the government and its people become more innovative in the digital era.

Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin stressed that Iskandar Malaysia needs new impetus to make its growth more dynamic with economic activities that are future-orientated.

“Malaysia and Johor would not be competitive without moving towards the digital economy in a big way.

“The government and its branches must also move towards the era of digital government,” he said at the launch of the TM One state-of-the-art Iskandar Puteri Data Centre (IPDC) here at Nusajaya Tech Park.

Mohamed Khaled pointed out that the current government structure was built not for the future but the last century and has not fully utilises the power of data to help the government when formulating policy.

“Currently and in the future, the emphasis should be more on data and empirical evidence.

“Our vision for the state is to create what I call an intelligent Johor, where the government and its community are being developed through ideas, creativity, innovation and digital technology,” he said.

Mohamed Khaled added he was excited about the presence of the IPDC in Johor.

“Such initiatives will help us realise our vision of creating an intelligent Johor,” he said, adding it was in line with the Federal Government’s aim to make Malaysia the world data hub centre under the National Key Economic Areas.

Mohamed Khaled added IPDC would help position Malaysia and Johor as an attractive destination for investors.

“IPDC has the potential of creating employment opportunities for more than 10,000 Malaysians,” he said.

Source: The Star Online