Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Khazanah) along with UEM Sunrise Berhad and Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB) jointly presented the sixth installment of the ISKARNIVAL 2017 with the launch of the Iskandar Puteri City and Community Portal. The portal will serve as an online resource for communities living and working in Iskandar Puteri as well as the public.
With Iskandar Puteri’s landmark achievement of gaining City status on 22nd November 2017 officiated by the Sultan of Johor, His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, ISKARNIVAL 2017 is set to be a double festival, celebrating art, culture and sporting activities in Iskandar Puteri, Johor through ISKARNIVAL Kool and ISKARNIVAL Aktif.
The Mayor of Iskandar Puteri, Tuan Haji Adib Azhari Daud launched the Iskandar Puteri City and Community Portal as a dedicated online point of reference for the people of Iskandar Puteri and as a move towards the creation of a more digitally-empowered and engaged community in the region. The portal will enable residents and visitors alike to share and exchange ideas and information, and create opportunities for interaction amongst various communities of residents and businesses that will go a long way towards strengthening the community living in Iskandar Puteri. The portal will also help to brand Iskandar Puteri locally and internationally as an open, engaging, collaborative, vibrant, optimistic, effective and futuristic city.
“The launch of the Iskandar Puteri City Portal is another key milestone in the development of Iskandar Puteri, and a fitting tribute for the elevation of Iskandar Puteri as a city. As the second City in Johor and the 14th in Malaysia, Iskandar Puteri has now joined an elite club, where nationally and internationally it is recognised as a place that means business,” stated Datuk Ir. Khairil Anwar Ahmad, Iskandar Investment’s President/Chief Executive Officer.
On the other hand, ISKARNIVAL 2017, comprising of Iskarnival Kool and Iskarnival Aktif, brings the local communities and creative talents from various sectors together to raise awareness of the city’s key ecosystems and showcase the good life in Iskandar Puteri.
Headlining ISKARNIVAL Kool included Los Angeles-based internationally- acclaimed singer-songwriter Yuna, Datuk Sheila Majid, Datuk Zainal Abidin, Datuk David Arumugam of Alleycats, community growers Johor Green, gourmet food bazaar Taste of Tiffin, Johorean ska-punk outfit Plague of Happiness, and tech and start-up initiative, Johor Startup. They were accompanied by outdoor activities, such as flyboarding, giant board games and the Mini Spartan Race.
According to UEM Sunrise’s Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib, “This year’s ISKARNIVAL Kool had some of the most exciting performances and activities spread over four stages and numerous other locations within the majestic waterfront of Puteri Harbour. We attracted 65,000 visitors from diverse backgrounds to sample the lifestyle as experienced by residents or home owners, workers or holiday-makers at Iskandar Puteri.”
Following the lifestyle-oriented Iskarnival Kool, Iskarnival Aktif will take place from 2nd to 3rd December 2017 at EduCity Sports Complex and will be offering a variety of sports and fitness events ranging from international sports tournaments to demonstrations and workshops.
Iskarnival Aktif, organised by IIB will focus on sports and outdoor recreation, offering a variety of fitness- themed events and games for participations of all ages. Highlights include the inaugural Iskandar Puteri Sevens rugby tournament, an international event by the Johor Rugby Union; Iskarnival K1 International, a two-day competition showcasing fighters from Brazil, America, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia, and MMA Ultimate Beatdown – a mixed martial arts half-day tournament consisting 20 bouts. Other activities include a youth futsal tournament, skateboarding and drone workshops, archery tag and the Academy of Esports, which brings partners to educate Esports enthusiasts and explore career opportunities in the Esports industry.
In addition, Iskarnival Aktif will also feature free concerts with local artistes Joe Flizzow, Zainal Abidin and Alleycats.
The successful launch of IP City Portal on 25th November 2017, was followed by a VIP Walkabout at Iskarnival Kool activities where Mayor Adib Azhari was joined by Tan Sri Dato’ Wira Azman Mokhtar, Managing Director of Khazanah; Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad, Johor Bahru Member of Parliament; Dr. Zaini Abu Bakar, ADUN of Nusajaya; Konsul Jenderal Haris Nugroho, Consulate General of Republic of Indonesia in Johor Bahru; Dato’ Azmir Merican, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of UEM Edgenta; Datuk Ir. Khairil Anwar Ahmad; Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib, and other dignitaries.