Honoring the Southern developers

Posted on Oct 8, 2018

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Johor stakeholders take the state to new heights

By Aisyah Suwardi

WITH its strategic location in Peninsular Malaysia and vast land area of 19,102sq km, Johor was in good stead when crowned the country’s southern economic corridor in 2006. Since then, the state has grown from strength to strength with innovative developments and outstanding projects.

The contributions of property developers in building the state into the next Klang Valley have been recognised through the Awards 2018: Jewels of Johor.

Back for its second year, the awards honour distinguished developers in 13 categories. The awards night on Sept 18 was graced by Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar and Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar receiving the token of appreciation from Star Media Group chairman Datuk Fu Ah Kiow while Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim (left) and Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai (right) look on during the Awards 2018: Jewels of Johor.

To celebrate the event, has published a coffee table book titled Jewels of Johor: Johor Most Exceptional Development 2018/2019. Inside the book, the Ruler noted that the modernisation of Johor has helped to improve the lives of his subjects and heaved the economy to new heights.

“One sector in particular that has made a major impact on Johor’s economy is the real estate market, which I hope will provide more quality homes for all Johoreans,” said Sultan Ibrahim.

Also present at the event were Star Media Group Bhd chairman Datuk Fu Ah Kiow, group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai, and chief revenue officer Lydia Wang.

Wong attributed the lively property market in Johor to the close collaboration between the state government and the private sector.

He said: “Johor has become a leading investment destination that offers quality businesses and trade opportunities as well as numerous mega projects to spur growth.

(From left to right) Johor State Financial officer YB Tuan Haji Rahim Bin Nin, Star Media Group chairman Fu Ah Kiow, Johor Corporation director Datuk Haji Azmi Bin Rohani, Johor Housing and Rural Development Committee chairman Dzulkefly Ahmad, Star Media Group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai, chief revenue officer Lydia Wang and StarProperty Business Unit assistant manager Ernest Bernard Towle during the awards.

“The influx of domestic and foreign investments will boost demand for residential and commercial properties, thus positioning the state as the next real estate hotspot.”

Members of the public are invited to view the winning projects at the Awards 2018: Jewels of Johor Showcase which will be held from Oct 16 to 21 (Tuesday to Saturday), 10am- 10pm, at Aeon Mall Tebrau City and Aeon Mall Bukit Indah, Johor Baru. Go to for more information.


The coffee table book will showcase the various exceptional project entries, on top of sharing a further insight on the Johor market. is giving out 100 copies of the book. Register at to be among the lucky recipients.

Visit to know more about the awards.

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