‘Pinewood Studios’ Category

  1. Iskandar Johor follows the Shenzhen script

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    June 10, 2013 by iskandarinsider

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    Efforts to transform the Malaysian border zone near Singapore into a bustling commercial corridor appear to be on track after a rocky start.

    The zone, known as Iskandar, is emerging as an attractive opportunity that deserves to be on the radar of those considering investment in the new growth centres of Asia.

    Iskandar is a 2,216 square kilometre urbanisation project, three times the size of Singapore. Nusajaya, the residential zone at its core, which stares across the water at the Singapore skyline, is just a 45-minute drive from Singapore’s Changi airport. The zone is geared towards a residential metropolis with educational, medical and theme-park infrastructures being used to attract resident migrants from Singapore. Logistics, transport and industrial-related infrastructure is being developed in adjacent zones.

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  2. IRDA Eyes Up To Six Theme Parks In Iskandar Malaysia

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    March 25, 2013 by iskandarinsider

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    KUALA LUMPUR, March 25 (Bernama) — Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) is eyeing up to six international theme parks in Iskandar Malaysia within the next two or three years.

    Its chief executive, Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, said Iskandar Malaysia currently has two theme parks — Legoland Malaysia and Hello Kitty theme park.

    “We are currently in talks with several international theme park companies and we will be making the announcement at the appropriate time.

    “We are not in the position to reveal the names yet as they are still under intend discussions,” he told Bernama on the sidelines of the second Global Free Trade & Special Economic Zones Exhibition and Summit here today.

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  3. Indonesian Entrepreneurs Keen On Developing Hotels In Iskandar Malaysia

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    March 20, 2013 by iskandarinsider

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    JAKARTA, March 20 (Bernama) — The vibrancy of the tourism industry in the Iskandar Malaysia economic region in South Johor, triggered by among others, the presence of tourist resorts and international theme parks, has attracted the interest of a number of Indonesian entrepreneurs wanting to build hotels within it.

    Apart from the tourism sector, they are also keen to invest in the health, education, creative industry, oil and gas as well as the food and agriculture product sectors.

    This development is the result of promotions by the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) in two Indonesian cities, Jakarta and Surabaya, this year.

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  4. Investors make a beeline for Iskandar’s Medini

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    February 1, 2013 by iskandarinsider

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    Global Capital and Development Sdn Bhd (GCD), one of the development managers for the multi-billion ringgit Medini Iskandar Malaysia project in Johor, is poised to announce a substantial investment for the first phase of Medini’s Media Village.

    GCD chief executive officer Keith Martin said the impending investment will represent a built-up development value in the region of RM1.5 billion over the next three to five years.

    In an e-mail interview with the Business Times recently, he said GCD is seeing more investors coming in offering to buy segments of Medini within its three development zones, namely Medini Business, Medini Living and Medini Lifestyle, totalling 658ha.

    The 142ha Medini Business zone will be the site for Media@Medini media village, business parks and mixed commercial buildings, he said.

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  5. Iskandar now poised to roll in the money

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    January 9, 2013 by iskandarinsider

    With most projects now broken ground or operating, Iskandar Malaysia is in position to rake in the value from investments made
    puteri-harbour-catalyst-developmentWas it a rebranding, the entry of the Singapore government’s own investment vehicles, improved bilateral relations, or the entry of crucial names like Pinewood Studios (of James Bond fame), Legoland, Marlborough College (of Kate Middleton fame), Traders Hotel and the Hello Kitty theme park? Or was it the attractive tax and government incentives, the heating up of the Singapore property market, or just timing in its serendipitous mysterious way? Whatever it is, it seems like the Iskandar Malaysia economic region in southern Johor, since its grand scheme was announced as the South Johor Economic Region about seven years ago, is coming together.

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  6. Iskandar Waterfront Holdings gets the task of remaking Johor Bahru

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    December 9, 2012 by iskandarinsider

    Connection to the past: Johor Baru’s old bridge.

    TAN Sri Lim Kang Hoo was beaming with excitement to show off his grand plan for the makeover of Johor Baru when StarBizWeek met him for an interview recently.

    He had just got the plans approved for the makeover of the central business district (CBD) and the eastern side of the tip of Johor Baru (JB). The makeover of the CDB will change the face of several streets such as Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Jalan Segget, Jalan Ibrahim, and Jalan Meldrum which now house buildings that have been abandoned for a long time.

    In his opinion, and that of others, JB has not recovered from the property glut after the 1997 Asian economic crisis.

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  7. Iskandar Malaysia set to become a Movie Capital

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    November 27, 2012 by iskandarinsider

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    The development of Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios in Iskandar Malaysia will position Johor at the forefront of the local creative industry and transform it into Malaysia’s movie capital, says its CEO, Michael Lake.

    He said that while Pinewood was marketing Malaysia as a destination for film-making, it was also promoting it for companies to set up their infrastructure as well.

    “Johor is going to be the real beneficiary economically of what we’re doing here,” he said.

    By the end of 2013, he said, the development of Pinewood, a studio complex located on a 20-hectare site in Nusajaya at the heart of the Iskandar Malaysia Development Region, would have created 1,500 jobs in an export-oriented industry, while financing from overseas over the next decade was estimated to be around RM1.8 billion.

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  8. Iskandar Malaysia Shapes Model ‘Smart City’

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    November 26, 2012 by iskandarinsider

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    KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 (Bernama) — With over half of the world’s population living in cities and still growing, more governments and urban planners are leaning towards the ‘smart city’ concept.

    The hunt for a model future city may yet lead them to Malaysia’s biggest economic development zone, Iskandar Malaysia, the largest mega region in Southeast Asia and three times the size of neighbouring Singapore.

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  9. Expatriates snap up homes in Johos’s Nusajaya area

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    October 29, 2012 by iskandarinsider

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    SOME expatriates working in Singapore have moved to live in Johor’s Nusajaya area, attracted by lower prices of homes and the extra space there.

    They have bought houses to live in and commute to work in Singapore. Many plan to continue working in Singapore for the long haul, but say they moved because their housing allowances were reduced or cut altogether.
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  10. Iskandar Malaysia a magnet for investment

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    October 27, 2012 by iskandarinsider

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    JOHOR BAHARU, Oct 27 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak nailed it when he described Johor as an “investment catchment area” for its attractiveness in drawing in multi-billion ringgit investments which will bring huge benefits to its people.

    Najib’s (picture) off-the-cuff remark when officiating Johor’s Umno function last month bears testimony to the rapid transformation this southern state has undergone during the last few years.

    Speaking in front of the state’s Umno leaders, he had also hinted that another wave of “huge investments” were imminent to the state, without disclosing specific details on the purported deals.
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