December 2017

More Affordable Homes, Stringent Policies for Developers Needed to Solve Housing Woes – Part Two

State should press developers more vigorously to build social housing While there are existing policies in place to build affordable homes, the study suggests more could be done to press more private developers to do so rather than allowing them to surrender land or pay a hefty fine. Currently, developers in Johor are required to allocate 40% of total houses as affordable housing if the projects exceed five acres. This

Ibrahim International Business District (IIBD): JCorp Unveils Eco Cornerstone 2

Johor Corporation (JCorp) unveiled the first four key cornerstones; Eco Cornerstone sculpture or known as the Urban Tree within the Southwest gateway of Ibrahim International Business District (IIBD) at Jalan Dato’ Onn that encapsulates the preservation of Johor’s eco legacy through design. The 20-feet tall Eco Cornerstone metalwork sculpture commissioned by a Johorian sculptor, Nizam Abdullah, took shape as the majestic yet endangered Shorea Johorensis (Pokok Meranti Johor) with its

Hatten Land 1Q 2018 Net Profit Up 63.2%

Hatten Land Ltd., an award-winning Melaka-based developer, said that its net profit for the three months ended 30th September 2017 (“1Q 2018”) rose 63.2% to RM3.0 million from RM1.8 million in 1Q 2017, and announced healthy sales for its new wellness-themed development. Revenue for the Singapore Exchange Catalist-listed developer with significant projects in Melaka rose 5.0% to RM56.5 million from RM53.8 million over the comparative periods on progress of construction

Development of Maritime and Logistics Studies 1

Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) has sealed an agreement with University Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) for the development of maritime and logistics studies through training of its students and platform sharing for research and development in maritime technology and port management. The Memorandum of Agreement was signed by officials from both PTP and UMT for an industry-academia collaboration and training and development partnership during the 2017 UMT Business Partners Appreciation Ceremony

Towards More Caring and Inclusive Communities 4

On a recent road trip around Johor with stops and overnight stays to explore and experience several towns, I saw how less developed, smaller towns and municipalities like Muar and Batu Pahat, Johor were compared with our state capital city, Johor Bahru. With its well preserved heritage buildings and pre-war shophouses, Muar, the historic town of Bandar Maharani, struck me as a laid-back and charming destination. As in Kluang and

Why Blame Shouldn’t Be Your Voice – Part 1

We have learned that blame is the voice for pain called guilt, and even a small presence of guilt in a relationship can lead to an expression of blame. Therefore, it’s important to shift the way we communicate without projecting blame. Here are some pointers that you can use in your daily communication in dealing with blame and guilt. Recognise Blame. One way to know if we are using blame

Malaysia Develops Infrastructure to Support Regional E-fulfilment Ambitions 1

Several major international retailers are opening logistics centres in Malaysia, furthering the country’s aim of becoming a regional distribution hub. In March, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba announced it would set up an integrated logistics and distribution facility in Kuala Lumpur, part of an initiative to develop a Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) in concert with the Malaysian government. Set to be launched in late 2019, the Alibaba facility will combine

Mah Sing’s Meridin East Launch Fern (Phase 2) 1

Mah Sing Group Berhad (Mah Sing) had launched Fern (Phase 2) in Meridin East which comprises of 130 units of freehold 2-storey homes with indicative built ups starting from 1,622 sq ft, priced from RM410,550 onwards. The official launch of Fern (Phase 2) is set to be an exciting one with the government’s initiative to develop more Chinese schools in Selangor and Johor, one of which will be in Meridin

Budget 2018 Supports the Continuity of Iskandar Malaysia Development 1

The Budget 2018 will prioritise the people’s well-being inclusive of the prospering economic growth which is in line with the Iskandar Malaysia Comprehensive Development Plan. “We would like to extend our appreciation to the Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak on the Budget 2018 announcement that will benefit the people and businesses in various sectors in Malaysia in general, and in Iskandar Malaysia in particular,” said Datuk

Iskandar Malaysia Makes Significant Progress in its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Reduction 2

Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) shared the results of its second Iskandar Malaysia Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory 2016 at the Malaysia Pavilion during the Conference of Parties (COP) 23, the decision-making body responsible for monitoring and reviewing the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in Bonn, Germany. Iskandar Malaysia, had taken the initiative in 2015 to address its greenhouse gas emissions within its flagships, and