Johor not included among the six states that have agreed to increase water tariff rates
Johor International Trade, Investment and Utilities Committee Chairman, Jimmy Puah Wee Tse stated that Johor will not be increasing its water tariffs anytime soon.
He told reporters at the International Chamber Networking Meeting at Big Wheel Seedbank near Sunway Iskandar that the last time the state government raised the tariffs was in 2016 and it was among the highest in the whole country.
Puah mentioned that the move to increase tariffs was to standardise rates throughout the nation.
Puah also highlighted the recent economic growth in Johor, “Generally, Malaysia’s economy recorded a respectable growth of 4.8% in 2018 and projected to grow 4.9% in 2019. The Johor economy has grown 5% in 2018 and is projected to grow at a rate of 5.2% for the year of 2019.”
“I believe the Johor government can work with everyone here to build a quality environment so that we can retain the necessary work force to develop the state. In Johor, traditionally, we have been focusing on manufacturing and logistics industries, but we cannot rely on this alone,” said Puah and believes that there has to be a shift in the industrial direction and vision in Johor.
Statistics from MIDA says that in Johor for the year 2018, total manufacturing growth is RM30.5bil whereby RM24bil is FDI and RM6.5bil is DDI. Johor has been number one in attracting investments and driving economic growth for the past 6 years.
“We aspire to be a high performance state, and preferred destination for investments and quality living,” added Puah.