About Johor


Johor, also known as the “Southern Gateway of Malaysia”, is the second largest state with an area of 19,016 km2. It is one of the most developed states in the nation and is bounded by:

  • Melaka, Negeri Sembilan and Pahang in the north;
  • South China Sea in the east;
  • Straits of Johor in the south; and
  • Straits of Melaka in the west

Johor’s economy has grown tremendously over the past several years. The development was attributed to the growing industrialization and diversification of its economy base. Its hallmark stability, competitiveness and highly conducive business environment positions the state as one of the best investment destinations in the Southeast Asia Region.


Coordinate1°29'07.3"N 103°45'42.5"E

Rank Flag Districts Hectare Acre Sub-district Population
(As per 2015)
1 Johor Bahru 106,399 262,917.67 6 1,494,800
2 Batu Pahat 187,775 464,002.17 14 443,600
3 Kluang 285,170 704,670.47 8 305,600
4 Kulai 75,377 186,260.64 4 263,800
5 Muar 135,465 334,741.33 12 264,400
6 Kota Tinggi 348,355 860,804.02 10 203,300
7 Segamat 285,136 704,586.46 11 196,800
8 Pontian 91,943 227,196.12 11 164,400
9 Tangkak 99,162 245,034.66 6 143,400
10 Mersing 283,847 701,401.26 14 73,400


  • Office of the Johor’s State Director of Lands and Mines
  • Department of Statistics Malaysia

Why Johor?

RM93.7 billion GDP in 2014

top investment destination between 2010 and 2015

3.61 million people

2nd largest population in Malaysia

3 major seaports

to dock and transfer cargo smoothly

>10 universities

that offer a vibrant skilled community

2 accessible

international airports

6 hours flight radius

to major Asian cities and markets (40% of world’s economic output)

Pro-business government

The Johor state has a very stable and pro-business government who is constantly looking to partner with investors to bring economic development to the state. As a result, the Johor state has been the highest recipient of investment in the country since 2010. For the first sixth months of 2016, the state managed to attract RM5.4 billion of investment, nearly double the second highest ranked state in Malaysia.

Enjoy the advantages of a developed state without its burden

Johor has a wide economy base, from low value-adding to high value-adding industries, supported by well-established infrastructure. The cost of doing business is very competitive and is generally 30% lower than Kuala Lumpur and 60% lower than Singapore.

Be part of the next growth centre

Johor has high growth potential and rapid development which investors can leverage on. Since 2010, the Johor state has been the highest recipient of investments in the country. Investors are encouraged to invest in the state to enjoy first mover advantage.

Close proximity to largest markets in ASEAN

Johor is located within a 6-hour flight time of major international cities, which is home to 28% of the world’s population that also accounts for 40% of the world’s economic output.

Greenfield development for new growth ideas and innovations

Being one of the largest states in Malaysia, Johor is well positioned to exploit this advantage in offering greenfield development solutions to potential investors. This greenfield development solution will enable investors to constantly search for new growth ideas by conducting active research, sharing research ideas, encouraging new business models and promoting an innovative culture.

Home to two economic corridors

There are five economic corridors in Malaysia and Johor is the only state that is home to two economic corridors: Iskandar Malaysia and the East Coast Economic Region.

Strong, Multilingual, Diverse Talent Pool

Johor has a ready pool of multilingual (English, Mandarin, Tamil, Hindi, Malay, Japanese, and Korean) technical talent that is available at an affordable cost with the established and upcoming presence of tertiary and technical education institutions.

Most liveable developed state in Malaysia

Johor is more affordable to live in compared to other developed states/cities in Malaysia and Singapore. Despite being in close proximity to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Johor’s cost of living is 68% and 16% lower than these two cities. From a safety perspective, Johor is getting increasingly safer as crime rates declined by 33% between 2010 and 2014. Travelling within the state is also easy as traffic is significantly less congested than other developed states/cities. Residents in Johor are also able to enjoy quality healthcare and education services as more international institutions are setting up their bases in Johor. All these services are available at competitive prices vis-à-vis other states/cities.