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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Govt to spend RM1b in Kota Iskandar

NUSAJAYA: The construction of six buildings expected to house more than 50 federal departments and agencies in Kota Iskandar here will commence next year.

Historical record: Ghani, State Secretary Datuk Abdul Latiff Yusoff and Ghani’s wife Datin Paduka Dr Jamillah Ariffin looking at the coffee table book in Nusajaya.

Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said the buildings which cost RM1bil would be built in the northern part of Kota Iskandar, the new state administrative centre.

“The project is expected to be completed in two to three years. It is part of the Government’s expenditure under the 10th Malaysia Plan,” he told reporters after launching a coffee table book entitled Johor In the 21st Century: The Making of Kota Iskandar here recently.

Abdul Ghani said the book delved into events behind the development of Kota Iskandar.

“The state realised the need for a new administrative centre to replace Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim. The project involved Johoreans especially in the design of the buildings,” he said.

“The book sheds light on the first phase of Kota Iskandar involving the construction of the State Assembly building, the Mentri Besar’s office complex, Dataran Mahkota and other government offices in 2006.

“It illustrates how the building designs are inspired by Johor Malay history and Moorish elements,” he said.

The book which cost RM200 also served as a reference on the history of Kota Iskandar, he added.

By The Star

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