How Can Johor Stay Sustainable and Economically Secure?

Datuk Haji Ir. Hasni Mohammad, Menteri Besar Johor and Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive of Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) during the launch of Iskandar Malaysia 15-Year Commemorative Campaign (IM15CC) and SECURE@IskandarMalaysia via an online conference

Iskandar Malaysia had launched its 15-year campaign ‘Iskandar Malaysia 15-Year Commemorative Campaign’ (IM15CC) and the ‘SECURE@IskandarMalaysia’ initiative to help the rakyat and small businesses preserve their economic recovery.

“15 years ago, Iskandar Malaysia was earmarked as the economic corridor for the southern region and as the first, out of five, to be created in Malaysia mainly due to the location and the abundance of resources that the state of Johor can offer.”

“Today, I believe Iskandar Malaysia has proven itself to be capable of reaching to its vision of becoming a strong and sustainable metropolis of international standing, with the teamwork and support from all the players,” said Datuk Haji Ir. Hasni Mohammad, Menteri Besar Johor at the online launch.

According to Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive of Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), “The campaign is not a celebration, but an inspiration based on the past 15 years of development and achievements of the region”.

With some of the biggest foreign investors coming from China, USA, Japan, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, Spain, India, Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, France and ASEAN countries, Iskandar Malaysia recorded a total cumulative investment of RM337.3 billion. Since 2006, these investments have led partly to the development of more than 800,000 jobs and 95,000 SMEs in the country.

Iskandar Malaysia has taken measures to ensure that not only small businesses and individuals survive through the pandemic but even afterwards. Their recovery and survival can be maintained for a longer time.

SECURE@IskandarMalaysia (Sustainable Socio-Economic Recovery) Initiative in Iskandar Malaysia

It is a set of programmes to help the socio-economic recovery of Iskandar Malaysia’s population and small and medium-sized enterprises across three areas: capacity building, reskilling and upskilling, and funds and grants.

Applicants may search for the right programme under this initiative to help them recover and retain their livelihoods from reskilling and upskilling technical skills, developing soft skills to having the requisite grants and funds to support their companies.

IM Makmur programme

This programme focuses on minority communities, such as single mothers, orphans, fishermen, people with disabilities, elderly people and indigenous people, to help them address income barriers. This includes support for their children’s employment-based and entrepreneurial skills and tuitions.

Iskandar Malaysia Employment Grant

A way of helping local companies retain existing workers and hiring new ones for up to 6 months by salary grant matching.

Iskandar Malaysia Urban Farming

Urban farming is becoming increasingly common and the Iskandar Malaysia Urban Farming programme can be looked forward to by interested parties. Either through the outdoor integrated farming concept, the indoor farming system or the hi-tech modular vertical farming with IoT solutions, there are several options for becoming a modern farmer in Iskandar Malaysia.

Iskandar Learning Festival (ILF)

This year-long informative and educational festival through numerous online sharing sessions is aimed at improving people’s awareness and skills.

E-commerce, smart cities, jobs, tourism, human resources, leadership, capacity building, and unique sectors are among the topics addressed.

For more information on the Iskandar Malaysia 15-Year Commemorative Campaign or IM15CC, please visit