KUALA LUMPUR, 21 March 2016:

Bandar Malaysia is estimated to involve a cummulative gross development value (GDV) of RM160 billion and will be completed over the next 20 years, says Iskandar Waterfront Holdings (IWH) executive vice chairman Tan Sri Lim Kang Hoo.

Lim said the China Railway Group Ltd (CREC), which acted as a first mover in Bandar Malaysia with its US$2 billion (RM8.2 billion) commitment to building its regional centre, represents 30% of Bandar Malaysia’s first phase project.

“There will be three phases of development in Bandar Malaysia. “We will bring in the investors to come in and join hands to develop with us, just like what we are doing in Iskandar Malaysia.”

CREC president Zhang Zongyan earlier announced the company would invest US$2 billion to build its regional centre in Bandar Malaysia and would consolidate all its current regional businesses and operations once its new headquarters in Bandar Malaysia is completed.

Zhang made the announcement in the presence of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin and several cabinet ministers at a ceremony here today.

“Judging from the artist’s impression…in the near future, this fully integrated city would be the largest underground development in the whole world,” said Najib, adding Bandar Malaysia was set to be a new real landmark development.

CREC is a Chinese state-owned company and a Global Fortune 500 company which was ranked 71st in 2015.

Zhang said CREC’s project in Bandar Malaysia will kick off next year and may create up to 10,000 jobs.

CREC’s development blueprint includes an integrated underground city modelled after Canada’s Montreal underground city, with dedicated space for financial and commercial centres, tourism and shopping facilities, high-end corporate offices, theme park and themed theatres, said Zhang.

On the high-speed rail project, Zhang said the company may bid for the project if it is invited to participate in the tender.

Bandar Malaysia, when completed, will serve as Malaysia’s gateway to the world through the rail to Singapore and the proposed Pan-Asean Rail to Bangkok and beyond.

The Bandar Malaysia development is being developed under the public-private partnership (PPP) model with the Ministry of Finance holding 40% of the development company and the IWH-CREC consortium holding 60%.

IWH is also a PPP company with the Johor state government, through Kumpulan Prasarana Rakyat Johor, owning 40% of the company and the remaining 60% by Credence Resource Sdn Bhd, a company controlled by Lim. Bandar Malaysia is situated at the old airport site in Sungai Besi just 7km from Kuala Lumpur city centre.

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