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JOHOR BARU, Feb 4, 2016:

The Johor government today introduced the Gagasan Johor Kemajuan concept as an instrument to create a balance in development of the state for the future.

Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the idea was one of three major new development agendas of the state.

“The other two important agendas touch on new economic growth and both the function and role of the government.

“The three agendas will complement the state government’s intention to boost Johor as an economic power in the region,” he said after his address at a ceremony for Johor Civil Service (JCS) members at the Persada International Convention Centre here today.

About 2,000 attended the ceremony which was a key highlight for the state administration in the first quarter of 2016.

Present at the ceremony were Johor state secretary Datuk Ismail Karim, Johor state government executive committee chairmen, community leaders and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from around Johor.

Mohamed Khaled said economic development would not be possible without achieving a good balance of development.

“The development of a nation and a country requires balance between material prosperity, social welfare and the strength of the people.”

Mohamed Khaled also stressed that it was not right to assume that the particular strength of a country was built on economic and material development.

“It’s not right. Material progress will definitely depreciate.”

Mohamed Khaled said in order to work towards a developed nation, a social shift was needed towards creating a community-minded progressive culture and attitude.

He said there was a difference between building a developed nation and building a developed society.

“A country is not only measured as being developed based on its employment opportunities, large multi-layered highways and mega shopping malls.

“But it is also measured by the people who are developed in thought and culture because without that, ideals of becoming a developed country would fail to materialise,” Mohamed Khaled said.

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