Maressa Esa

Row, Row, Row Your Boat 1

Ever dreamt of owning a boat? We may have embedded in our minds that boating is associated to luxurious lifestyle but little known is that it’s now a trending scene among the locals to have any kinds of water vessels either for leisure or non-leisure (commercial and chartering) purposes. If you decide to own a boat and live the sea life, several matters would need to be taken into consideration

Iskandar Puteri City Council Will Be the New MPJBT 1

By end of November 2017, Johor Bahru Tengah Municipal Council (MPJBT) will be upgraded and renamed as the Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP). At a recent MPJBT Hari Raya open house which was attended by Johor Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin and Johor State Secretary Datuk Azmi Rohani, MPJBT Yang Di-Pertua Adib Azhari Daud said that more promotional programmes will take place for the public about the upgrade.

Johor MB Plans to Increase Sarawak Community Leaders

There are as many as 35,000 Sarawakians living in Johor and Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin will consider increasing the number of Sarawak community leaders here if the current number isn’t sufficient to address and solve any issues raised by their community. “We will appoint more to give better attention to the Sarawak community living in the state and assist the state government to solve their problems.

UMLand’s Seri Austin Turns 12

UMLand’s Seri Austin township developed by Dynasty View Sdn Bhd received a grand celebration on its 12th anniversary in conjunction with Hari Raya celebration that saw over 500 people including its business partners, stakeholders, authorities and residents. After its opening since 2005, Seri Austin spread across 500 acres of freehold land, has attracted a community of 20,000 residents over the years – selling a whole range of properties from apartments,

Celebrating Johor’s Stories 1

Prominent Johorian writer and The Iskandarian’s resident contributor, Peggy Loh published a book of her collection of cherished memories of post-Independence Johor during her growing-up years entitled ‘My Johor Stories: True Tales, Real People, Rich Heritage’. As she penned for several years in a pull-out section in ‘Life & Times’ of The News Straits Times and ‘My Johor Stories’ column in The Iskandarian alongside her personal blog at, most

“Seeing the Importance of Building a Hospital Despite Slow Start”

After its successful opening in November 2015, Gleneagles Medini Hospital has reached another milestone with two big events that saw the official opening of Pantai Integrated Rehab Services Centre and receiving the Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH) accreditation award. In Gleneagles Medini, approximately 1400 square feet with 5 treatment rooms and open neuro gymnasium was allocated for Pantai Integrated Rehab Services Centre and is the 14th branch that

Putting a Soul to the City 1

Calling all Johor artists; a joint initiative between Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), Think City Sdn Bhd and Bandung Creative City Forum (BCCF) has launched ‘Iskandar Malaysia Community Public Art’ programme to highlight Johor Bahru’s unique culture and heritage through tangible artistic elements. In line with the mission making Johor Bahru ‘A Vibrant Heritage and Cultural City’, BCCF will bring in their experience and international flavour by conducting Artist Residency

Silent Walk for the Animals 2

Get your white t-shirts on and walk in silence as Johor Birds & Animal Association (JOBA) and Penang animal activist, Elsa Aeria are organising the ‘Silent Awareness Walk Johor 2017’ in homage of animals suffering and educating the public on animal rights on 19th August 2017. The walk will commence from Johor Zoo and move on to Jalan Gertak Merah, Jalan Dato’ Onn, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee and Jalan Dhoby

First Cohort of UoRM Graduated 1

Mortarboards flew in the air as the first cohort of 20 students from University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM) graduated at its campus in EduCity, Iskandar Puteri. The inaugural graduation ceremony saw the cohorts who began their undergraduate programme in Finance and Business Management at Henley Business School Malaysia and 9 Malaysian students completing postgraduate degrees at the University of Reading in United Kingdom. Ooi Dai Jing was presented with EduCity

Baju Kurung Teluk Belanga for the Royal Wedding 1

The weddings bells are ringing as Johor’s beloved princess, Tunku Tun Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah to wed Dutchman Dennis Muhammad Abdullah on 14th August 2017, and are all set to showcase in a rich Johor tradition and custom ceremony. In a statement, Tunku Aminah expressed her pride in donning a traditional ‘Baju Kurung Teluk Belanga’ for her upcoming wedding while Dennis would wear ‘Baju Melayu Teluk Belanga’, matching it with two