Weaving Heritage into the Urban Fabric of Johor Bahru

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Heritage Cornerstone structure

Unveiling of Ibrahim International Business District (IIBD) Heritage Cornerstone

Johor Bahru’s main business district has gone through a few iterations throughout the years, and with the unveiling of the Heritage Cornerstone, it looks like Johor Bahru’s main business district is about to get the love it deserves.

Johor Corporation (JCorp) had officially unveiled the Heritage Cornerstone within the Southeast Gateway of Ibrahim International Business District (IIBD). The event was officiated by Dato’ Haji A. Rahim bin Haji Nin, State Financial Officer of Johor as the Official Representative of Datuk Haji Azmi bin Rohani, State Secretary of Johor, and witnessed by Dato’ Kamaruzzaman bin Abu Kassim, President and Chief Executive of JCorp and Dennis Ng, Group Managing Director of United Malayan Land Bhd (UMLand Bhd).

(Fourth from left onwards) Dato’ Kamaruzzaman bin Abu Kassim, President and Chief Executive of JCorp, Dato’ Haji A. Rahim bin Haji Nin, State Financial Officer of Johor as the Official Representative of Datuk Haji Azmi bin Rohani, State Secretary of Johor, Dennis Ng, Group Managing Director of UMLand Bhd and KK Wong, Group Director of Townships of UMLand Bhd

The IIBD Heritage Cornerstone signifies the celebration of Johor’s diverse cultural legacy, showcased via the local traditional design elements of the Urban Tree. Symbolising the three main ethnic groups in Johor, the cornerstone is made up of three metal branches that extend upwards and outwards to form a broad leaf covering and revealing patterned cut-outs dispersed on its surface. The various cut-outs are inspired by cultural motifs found on existing heritage buildings in IIBD, paying tribute to the richness of Johor’s multiracial and multicultural treasures.

“Heritage demonstrates a significant role in sustaining local communities, not only reinforcing local identity, traditions, and practices, but also bringing economic benefits. A healthy sociocultural environment encourages businesses from various cultures to benefit localised economies, inevitably impacting the overall economy in Johor Bahru. IIBD stands as an avenue for advancing further all-around economic growth, which is the backbone of urban development,” said Dato’ Haji A. Rahim bin Haji Nin.