JOHOR BARU: The Johor government is confident Kulai Iskandar Data Exchange (Kidex) will bring in RM17.5bil worth of investments into the state and provide more than 1,600 employment opportunities once ready in three years’ time.
Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said Kidex, designed to attract the development of data centres, was being built on a 301.4ha of land in Sedenak by TPM Technopark Sdn Bhd (TPM Technopark), which is a subsidiary of Johor Corporation (JCorp).
He said the development was in line with Johor’s aim of bringing in more high-impact investments to the state.
“This project is capable of becoming a catalyst for growth of the data industry, which will lead to Sedenak becoming a regional data hub in the near future.
“Their target investors are players from data centres and cloud computing sectors, ” he said.
Hasni stressed that Kidex was a key component in developing Kulai Industrial Park (KIP), which involved 2,950.01ha of land.
He expressed confidence that KIP would attract Industrial Revolution 4.0 investors.
He said this development, characterised by sustainability, would have environmentally friendly energy through solar farm and co-generation plant as its sustainable source of energy.
“Kidex, expected to be fully operational by 2023, has successfully attracted both domestic and foreign investors, namely from China, the United Kingdom and Japan.
These investors have come to survey the site, ” he added.
Hasni said Kidex had the advantage in terms of logistical support and efficient connectivity, such as the North-South Expressway and Senai International Airport as well as Johor’s strategic location as neighbour to Singapore.
He said Kidex was one of the initiatives to realise the physical development agenda of the Smart City Iskandar Malaysia (BPIM) encompassing six dimensions — smart governance, smart people, smart mobility, smart environment, smart economy and smart living.
“A robust and stable data communication infrastructure will benefit all stakeholders in the Iskandar Malaysia economic corridor – the government, the business sector and the people.
“Based on Iskandar Regional Development Authority’s assessment, such efforts will not only help achieve our vision to make Iskandar Malaysia a metropolis of international standing but also help realise the Digital Johor agenda at the state level as well as the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan at the national level, ” he added.
Hasni was reported saying a digital Johor plan was important for a good delivery system.
“Use of technology will enhance the function, role and effectiveness of the state government.
“We will invest in artificial intelligence as well as big data to create and execute policies in a transparent and competent manner, ” he said.