Iskandar Malaysia Development Can Cause Malays To Be Sidelined, Says Dr Mahathir
"The residents there will be quite rich and they will be from Singapore. In the end, there will no be more Malays there because they will not be able to buy land (due to high prices) and when the outsiders are too many, they will start asking for this and that right," Dr Mahathir said in a dialogue session here Saturday.
In that regard, he reminded Malays in the development corridor to not easily sell their land when offered very high prices by certain quarters.
The corridor that was also known as the South Johor Economic Region (SJER) was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on July 30, 2006.
Its name was changed to Iskandar Development Region on Nov 4, 2006 in line with the name of the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Iskandar, before it was again changed to Iskandar Malaysia on April 11 this year.
More than RM47 billion is needed to develop the area as the largest growth centre in the region until 2025.
The total development area is said to be about 2 1/2 times the size of Singapore when fully completed with Khazanah Nasional Berhad as the primary driver of this development vision. (Bernama)
***** Dr Mahathir is increasingly becoming synonymous with scaremongering, a devious tactic he had not only mastered but had used to perfection during his twenty-plus-year rule of the country. But that cunning strategy will not pay him dividends at this point in time although he so desperately hopes it would. And to that end he is prepared to use every dirty trick in the book to get his way.