Johor – The Door Next to Singapore

Johor is a Malaysian state, located in the southern portion of Peninsular Malaysia. It is one of the most developed states in Malaysia. The state capital city and royal city of Johor is Johor Bahru, formerly known as Tanjung Puteri (Malay for Princess’s Cape) and Muar respectively. The old state capital is Johor Lama. The state administrative capital has moved to Nusajaya.


Johor is surrounded by Pahang to the north, Malacca and Negeri Sembilan to the northwest, and the Straits of Johor to the south which separates Johor and the Republic of Singapore. Johor is the 5th largest state by land area and 2nd most populous state in Malaysia, with a total land area of 19,210 km2(7,420 sq mi), and a population of 3,233,434 as of 2010.  Jojor has a tropical rainforest climate with monsoon rain from November until February blowing from the South China Sea

Johor has one international airport (30 km away from JB city centre), Senai International Airport in Senai . It was opened on 6 June 1974 and has been expanded several times since. Currently, it has a 5-million passenger capacity, with a parallel taxiway under construction.

Johor has three ports

The Pasir Gudang Port
The Port of Tanjung Pelepas
Tanjung Langsat Port

The culture of Johor is influenced by visitors and traders throughout history. A major influence was the Bugis – who first set foot in Malaysia in Johor before continuing on to Melaka, Linggi, Selangor, Pahang and Terengganu – Javanese and the Arabs.


With the development of Iskandar plan in Johor, Malaysia government encourages and initiates various collaboration with local and foreign company to develop the tourism of Johor. Below is some of the popular tourist destinations in Johor:

Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque constructed between 1892 and 1900
Tebrau – Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple- The world’s first Hindu glass temple
Desaru – beaches & golf courses along the South China Sea
Kukup – a fishing village with seafood restaurants built over water
Endau Rompin National Park – pristine jungle

Johor has several local & international institutions of higher learning. It has three local universities, namely Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) situated in Skudai, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) in Parit Raja, Batu Pahat , Universiti Teknologi MARA Johor ( UiTM) in Segamat and UiTM City Campus in Johor Bahru. There are international schools such as Seri Omega International School, Excelsior International School, Pegasus International School, etc.

Under the Iskandar Educity development plan, there are Newcastle University Medical Malaysia, University of Southampton Malaysia, University of Reading Malaysia, Marlborough College Malaysia, Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology, Raffles University Iskandar and Raffles American School.

Newcastle University Medical Malaysia

University of Southampton Malaysia

University of Reading Malaysia

Marlborough College Malaysia

Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology

Raffles University Iskandar

The Iskandar, Johor (also known as Iskandar Development Region and South Johor Economic Region), encompassing Johor Bahru, Johor Bahru Tengah, Kulaijaya, Pasir Gudang and Nusajaya is a major development zone in Johor. It was named after the late Sultan Iskandar Al-haj. At 2215 km², it is two-and-a-half times bigger than Singapore and 48 times the size of Putrajaya. It is intended to draw investment and business to Johor and will be among the biggest development projects in Malaysia. The state administrative capital will be moved to Nusajaya. Residential areas include Bukit Indah and Horizon Hills townships.

TheStarOnline: Johor likely to retain top spot as preferred investment destination

Thursday, 29 January 2015  BY: ZAZALI MUSA

JOHOR BARU: Johor is likely to retain its leading position as the most preferred investment destination in the country in the manufacturing sector for 2014, according to Malaysian Investment Development Authority executive director, manufacturing development (resource) N. Sangaran.

He said Johor had always emerged as one of the top five investment destinations in Malaysia over the years.

He said in 2013, Johor received the highest investment in the country in the manufacturing sector totalling RM14.4bil with 197 projects.

“From January until September 2014, Johor received 142 projects with investments worth around RM20.1bil,’’ Sangaran told a press conference yesterday. The press conference was held after the Food Technology Industry seminar jointly organised by Mida, Spring Singapore, Singapore Manufacturing Federation and Iskandar Regional Development Authority. Sangaran declined to give the total investment received by Johor for last year.

“But, it is safe to say that Johor is still the top investment destination in the country with most of the investments for the oil and gas sector in Pengerang,’’ he said.

Sangaran said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed would announce the country’s total investment in the manufacturing sector for 2014 in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 28.

He said from January to September 2014, Mida had approved 619 projects in the manufacturing sector nationwide with a total investment of RM63.5bil, compared with 787 projects for 2013 worth RM52.1bil.

“The food manufacturing activities including beverages received 51 projects worth RM2bil during the period against RM4.7bil with 77 projects in 2013,’’ said Sangaran.

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