• “The proposed industrial park, about the size of 1,000 football fields, will be one of the largest purpose-built fully integrated new industrial estates in Johor."

KUALA LUMPUR (March 5): Iskandar Waterfront Holdings Sdn Bhd (IWH) and PLS Plantations Bhd, two entities linked to tycoon Tan Sri Lim Kang Ho, are in talks with a China state-owned company to develop an industrial park and innovation hub in Johor.

The two companies inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Shenzhen provincial government-owned Shenzhen Shenyue Joint Investment Co Ltd (SSJI) on Tuesday, for the proposed development of a 1,000-acre Johor-Shenzhen Industrial Park in Ulu Sedili, together with a 50-acre Johor-Shenzhen Innovation Development Hub in Johor Bahru, according to a statement from IWH.  

“The proposed industrial park, about the size of 1,000 football fields, will be one of the largest purpose-built fully integrated new industrial estates in Johor. It will be designed to provide companies with offices and production facilities, as well as related support services to promote industrial development and collaboration,” the property developer said.

“This will be supplemented by the Johor-Shenzhen Innovation Development Hub to be set up within the Johor Bahru central business district, which will provide resources and support for innovative activities and research and development initiatives in Johor,” the group said.

PLS Plantations is the landowner of one of the identified locations for the developments, said IWH, adding that SSJI’s parent, Shenzhen Investment Holding Co Ltd, has developed 50 industrial parks covering 8,000 acres in Shenzhen.

Lim, who represented both IWH and PLS Plantations at the signing of the MOU, said the two projects would ride on Johor’s industrial wave spurred by the Johor-Singapore Special Economic Zone (JSSEZ) and the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS).

“These two projects are a positive value proposition for Johor and will attract interest from businesses, both domestic and foreign,” he added.

IWH, in which the Johor state sovernment owns 37% through Kumpulan Prasarana Rakyat Johor Sdn Bhd (KPRJ), is one of the biggest land developers in Iskandar Malaysia. The IWH group owns more than 4,200 acres of land bank, including prime waterfront land in Johor Bahru.

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