Foreword from the Johor Chief Minister


YAB Dr. Sahruddin JamalChief Minister of Johor

The state of Johor has always played a major role in ensuring continuous and sustained development in Malaysia. We strive to continue this role by contributing to further success of the nation and wellbeing of the people. In recent times, under the guidance of a pro-business and development state government, Johor experienced progressive economic transformation into one that is based on ideas, innovation and creativity. At the same time, we continue to develop and strengthen our competitiveness in traditional economy that is based on agriculture and manufacturing. This transformation bodes well with the aim of the state government to create a thoughtfully planned, inclusive and welfare-based economy that benefits all sectors. 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 ranked state.

Under the theme of “Gagasan Johor Berkemajuan”, the state government introduced six initiatives to ensure that the people are able to become a progressive society in line with the development taking place in the state. The term “Gagasan Johor Berkemajuan” reflects the Johor government’s aspiration and resolve to create a progressive state and society which is anchored upon a strong economic base. The six initiatives are Inclusive Development, Welfare Economy, Sustainable Johor, Entrepreneurial Johor, Skilled Johor and Islamic Johor. In addition, the state government introduced various developmental policies to ensure the creation of a holistic ecosystem that is beneficial to the people. The state of Johor also possesses a unique feature as the only state in the nation that is home to two economic corridors: Iskandar Malaysia and East Coast Economic Region.

With all these policies in place, Johor has emerged to become a progressive state, where the fruits of development will be shared with the people, creating opportunities and a better lifestyle for the current and future population. I believe that Johor will also be more internationally competitive and ready to face current and future global challenges. With that, I would like to invite you to be part of the growth story of Johor and work together with us to bring Johor to even greater heights.