Johor is set to become the second hub for data-centre parks in the country when one of the world’s top digital-based companies sets up operations in the state.
It is learnt that US-based Microsoft Corp will invest between RM5bil and RM6bil to set up its data centre in Sedenak, Kulaijaya.
A source told StarBizWeek that Multimedia Development Corp had aggressively courted the company to set up its operations in Cyberjaya, Selangor. “But Microsoft is more interested to invest in Iskandar Malaysia, citing its close proximity to Singapore as an added advantage for the company,” said the source.
The source added that the ongoing progress and development taking place in Iskandar Malaysia was another reason that Microsoft had chosen Johor over Selangor.
State trade executive councillor Datuk Tee Siew Kiong declined to give more details when asked whether the US firm would invest in Johor.
“Yes, Johor will receive a big investment from the US, with the investment in the region of RM5bil, but we can’t reveal to you the name of the company,” he said.
Tee said this at a press conference at the opening of the RM200mil Puma (M) Energy Sdn Bhd bitumen terminal at the Tanjung Langsat industrial estate in Pasir Gudang on Thursday.
He said discussions between Microsoft and the relevant agencies, including Iskandar Regional Development Authority, had been ongoing for some time, adding that an announcement would be made when the time was right.
Talk on Microsoft planning to invest in Iskandar Malaysia has been going around for months, but many have been tight-lipped, including Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
Iskandar Malaysia has been earmarked for the establishment of a second hub for data-centre parks in Malaysia under the Entry Point Project 3 of the Economic Transformation Programme.