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Monday, April 26, 2010

More foreign investors targeted for Nusajaya

GELANG PATAH: UEM Land Holdings Bhd is targeting more international investors to participate in the development of Nusajaya this year.

»Nusajaya will have enough content to attract investors and residents« DATUK WAN ABDULLAH WAN IBRAHIM

Its managing director Datuk Wan Abdullah Wan Ibrahim said the company was eyeing investors from China, India, Europe, Singapore, South Korea and the United States.

“Nusajaya is progressing well and moving on the right track and we are confident of keeping the momentum going as planned,’’ Abdullah told StarBiz.

He was speaking at the launch of “Green Programme”, a collaboration between UEM Land and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia at SK Taman Nusa Perintis 1, near here on Saturday.

The Green Programme is outlined under the Nusajaya Green Plan launched in December last year to ensure a sustainable development of the country’s first economic growth corridor.

Abdullah said the company was unfazed by the Dubai World saga and now the Greece debt crisis as the two were unlikely to affect the global economy.

“Even during the global economic slowdown in the last two years, Nusajaya attracted interest from both local and foreign investors,’’ he added.

Abdullah said the company believed there were always opportunitie,s even during times of economic uncertainty, as there were investors and individuals with funds.

He said the company’s high-end residential projects, East Ledang and Horizon Hills, a joint venture between UEM Land and Gamuda Bhd, had attracted a large number of foreign buyers.

Abdullah said foreigners made up 65% and 56% of the buyers at East Ledang and Horizon Hills respectively and that the projects had recorded good take-up rates.

UEM Land is the master developer of the 9,308ha Nusajaya, the key driver of Iskandar Malaysia which was launched on Nov 4, 2006.

Nusajaya comprises eight catalyst developments – Kota Iskandar (Johor State New Administrative Centre), Southern Industrial and Logistic Clusters, Puteri Harbour Waterfront Development, EduCity, Medical City, International Destination Resort and Nusajaya Residences.

Nusajaya is one of five flagship development zones in Iskandar. The other four are the JB City Centre, Western Gate Development, Eastern Gate Development and Senai-Kulai.

Abdullah said works on infrastructure and several development projects in Nusajaya were on schedule and were expected to be completed in the next three to five years.

These include the RM1.4bil Coastal Highway linking Johor Baru city centre to Nusajaya, Asia’s first Legoland Theme Park, Indoor Theme Park @ Puteri Harbour, Marlborough College, Newcastle University Medical Faculty and Pinewood Studios.

“On completion of these projects, Nusajaya will have enough content to attract investors and residents,’’ he said.

Abdullah said it would be much easier to convince and attract investors to Nusajaya as they could witness the developments taking place.

He said another contributing factor was that Iskandar received continuous support and commitment from the Federal and Johor governments.

“The support from the Federal and Johor governments is important to ensure the success of Iskandar, which in turn will ensure that Nusajaya succeeds too,’’ Abdullah said.

He said other stakeholders, namely Iskandar Regional Development Authority and Khazanah Nasional Bhd-backed Iskandar Investment Bhd, also played crucial role in determining Nusajaya’s success.

Abdullah said its close proximity to Singapore was another added advantage for Nusajaya as it would not only able to attract Singaporean investors but also expatriates and multinational corporations there.

“As the master developer, UEM Land has an enormous task to ensure that Nusajaya succeeds and looking at its progress, we are well on our way to achieving it,’’ he said.

By The Star

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