Iskandar Puteri is dubbed as Johor’s second city after Johor Bahru and Malaysia’s 14th city when Johor Bahru Central Municipal City Council is now known as Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP).
The new city council was launched by the Johor Sultan, His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar together with Johor Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, and Urban Well-being, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar at Kota Iskandar.
“It is a historic event for today’s launch as Iskandar Puteri was once the name of the state administrative centre after its relocation from Teluk Belanga, Singapore, before it was changed to Johor Bahru in 1866,” said Khaled in his speech during the launch of MBIP.
“Secondly, this declaration proves the rapid development in the Iskandar Puteri area. It did not only evolve into one of the most planned developed district but also into a cosmopolitan and internationally oriented one,” he continued.
Khaled also mentioned in his speech that Iskandar Puteri has a strategic importance to the competitiveness of Johor and Malaysia in making the state a new economic powerhouse for the country.
In conjunction of the establishment, former YDP of Johor Bahru Central Municipal Council, Adib Azhari bin Daud has been appointed as the first MBIP Mayor and to date, the new city has a population of almost 700,000 with a jurisdiction area that covers 40,296 hectares including 157 residential estates and 45 villages.