JOHOR BAHRU, Sept 13 (Bernama) -- The Johor government hopes the upcoming 2019 Budget will give attention to the development of e-commerce sector and digital industry.
State International Trade, Investment and Utilities Committee Chairman Jimmy Puah Wee Tse said these were among the key points that are currently being fine-tuned by the committee before submitting it to the federal government for consideration.
“We are looking at ways to expand the e-commerce and digital industry services in the country and state and we hope to get much more allocation in these sectors.
”We will also broaden our cooperation with several companies such as Telekom Malaysia or telecommunication agencies in this industry,” he said.
He said this to reporters after launching SGShop’s equity crowdfunding campaign here, today.
Puah said investments in these sectors were important as Johor was the leader in e-commerce and digital industries in line with the Nationwide Fiberisation Plan (2017-2019) which is being implemented currently.
“We expect the whole of southern Johor region will be covered with fibre network within the next three years. Some areas are fully covered such as Kota Iskandar in Iskandar Puteri, besides industrial areas in Pasir Gudang and Tanjung Langsat which are expected to be fully completed at year-end.
“This is because without the fibre network, we will not experience high-speed Internet services and all discussions related to e-commerce or digital industry would not be meaningful,” he stressed.
He further said the fibre network expansion plan had started in industrial and commercial areas and would be broadened to residential areas soon.
In another development, Puah said Johor is still a key investment destination from China even though the state is facing the Forest City issues.
“I had recently made a working visit for four days in China and met with several investors there. Generally, they still consider Malaysia as a positive location for investment and Johor is still an investment area they are interested in.
“We had also briefed them that we have no issues regarding the purchase of residential units in Forest City. They also viewed the Forest City issue as not a big issue that would stop them from investing.
“However, the citizenship issue is not under the jurisdiction of the state government but the federal government and Home Ministry,” he said.
Johor could also take advantage of the tariff war between China and the United States by attracting investors particularly in the digital industry, he added.
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