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Iskandar gets Najib's backing

By Monday April 20th, 2009 No Comments

JOHOR BARU: Iskandar Malaysia will proceed. This is the assurance of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Najib said his administration was merely a change in leadership and not a change of government.

“Continuity is very important in ensuring growth for our country and one thing which I see as particularly relevant is the development of Iskandar Malaysia.”

He said without an alternative growth centre, the Klang Valley would be severely over-crowded.

“I see Johor as an important state in our country’s strategic development plans.

“I will ensure this project, initiated by (former prime minister) Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, continues to prosper.”

Speaking to some 1,000 civil servants here, Najib said in developing the region, he would be listening to the state government’s views and proposals.

He said Iskandar Malaysia had to be viewed positively.

“If Iskandar Malaysia is capable of bringing in investments, its growth will not only be a source of pride for the country but also to Johoreans,” he said.

Yesterday was Najib’s first gathering with government servants of any state since his appointment as prime minister on April 3.

In his speech, he also touched on his 1Malaysia policy and his priority on putting the rakyat first.

He said the present arrangement to allow toll hikes every few years, for instance, would be reviewed as they were “not in the people’s best interests”.

“We are a government which defends the rakyat’s interests, not that of large companies.”

Source : New Straits Times

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