Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has approved the creation of three new nodes in Iskandar Malaysia in addition to Medini in Nusajaya, reported the media.
Notably, a node is an area dedicated to certain development or activities with those having projects there benefiting from certain privileges.
The additional nodes, which are expected to be announced this year, will likely be located in the Western Gate Development Zone, Eastern Gate Development Zone and Senai-Kulai growth corridor.
The Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and the Johor government submitted the proposal for the additional nodes, which was presented at a meeting held at Putrajaya in Q4 2013.
Sources revealed that IRDA representatives and Johor officials had a hard time convincing the federal government to agree to the proposal prior to the meeting.
Nonetheless, “Najib was happy with the progress and development taking place in Iskandar Malaysia since its inception in 2006, and agreed to the proposal,” noted the sources.
The new nodes are expected to accelerate Iskandar Malaysia into the next level to be an international metropolis comes 2025, based on its Comprehensive Development Plan from 2006 to 2025.
“The nodes will cater for different economic activities and Irda is contemplating oil and gas, education, tourism, health and aviation,” added the sources.
IRDA also plans to set up the halal park in one of the nodes with firms involved in upstream and downstream halal-related activities.
Located in southern Johor, Iskandar Malaysia was launched on 4 November 2006 and spans 2,217 sq km, while Medini was created in 2007 covering 929.20 ha.