• Menteri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi said the Johor-Singapore SEZ could make Johor like the city of Shenzhen, which flourished after four decades of being an SEZ. He noted that in just four decades, Shenzhen has changed from a small city with a population of around 300,000 people to a high-tech international metropolis with a population of over 17 million people.

ISKANDAR PUTERI (Sept 14): Further discussions between Malaysia and Singapore to create a Johor-Singapore special economic zone (SEZ) will be followed by an agreement on terms of reference (TOR) next month, said Menteri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi (pictured).

Last July, the two countries agreed to create a special task force to study the establishment of the SEZ, which is expected to report its progress to the leaders at the Malaysia-Singapore Leaders' Retreat scheduled for October.

"God willing, in October, during the Leaders’ Retreat in Singapore, which will be attended by the prime ministers of Malaysia and Singapore, this matter will be discussed further, and followed up with approval for the TOR," he said at the 15th State Legislative Assembly meeting here on Thursday.

Onn Hafiz said the Johor-Singapore SEZ could make Johor like the city of Shenzhen, which flourished after four decades of being an SEZ. He noted that in just four decades, Shenzhen has changed from a small city with a population of around 300,000 people to a high-tech international metropolis with a population of over 17 million people.

"What Shenzhen has achieved proves that the Johor-Singapore SEZ can produce the best results for Johor. However, this matter definitely requires help and cooperation from all parties, from the Singapore government as well as the federal government," he said.

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