Malaysia's Government Transformation Programme (GTP) introduced in 2010 is aimed at radically transforming the way the Government works to deliver real solutions to real issues and making strong advances forward as a nation.Magnificent to behold, Kota Iskandar it is an integrated development of meticulous planning and inspired design comprising of the Johor State Government and Federal Government offices.
In Johor, the state government is working diligently at promoting change in the public services delivery system. The Johor State New Administrative Centre, Kota Iskandar, is the symbol of a new attitude towards government efficiency located in the new administrative capital of Nusajaya.
Kota Iskandar sits proudly on 320 acres of manicured gardens and parks. Magnificent to behold, it is an integrated development of meticulous planning and inspired design comprising the Johor State Government and Federal Government offices. The location of various component government complexes within one area is planned to facilitate efficiency of the government machinery befitting the status of a modern and progressive administration in a modern and smart city inspired by the best the world has to offer. Kota Iskandar will house more than 6,000 civil servants in 76 state and federal level government departments handling more than 1 million transactions a day.
The Johor State new administrative centre consists of the Bangunan Sultan Ismail – the Johor State Legislative Assembly Building; Bangunan Dato' Jaafar Muhammad – the Chief Minister & State Secretary Complex; Dataran Mahkota Plaza and the State Departments Complex.
Kota Iskandar was officially launched by Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, the late Sultan of Johor on 19 April 2009.
DesignThe impressive architecture is inspired by Johor-Malay, Andalusian and Moorish influences while the front annex of Bangunan Sultan Ismail State Assembly Building pays silent homage to its predecessor, the Sultan Ibrahim Building on Bukit Timbalan in Johor Bahru. Everywhere you look in Kota Iskandar are vistas to behold and you will see modern interpretations of the old, creating a sense of continuity and respect for tradition while embracing the future. Set against the magical Puteri Harbour waterfront development, Kota Iskandar stands majestically as a symbol of belief, hope and industriousness. In 2010, Kota Iskandar was awarded the FIABCI Malaysia award for the Public Sector category and in Paphos, Cyprus, on 19 May 2011, it received global recognition by being awarded the prestigious FIABCI Prix d'Excellence 2011 for Public Infrastructure/Amenities (Runner-up) – a first for Malaysia in this category.
Progress2,200 civil servants moved into the new buildings in April 2009 while 19 June 2009 marked the first sitting of the Johor Legislative assembly in Kota Iskandar. It represented the first meeting at a new venue after 69 years of state assembly sittings at the Sultan Ibrahim building in Bukit Timbalan. It is only the fourth time in nearly 500 years that Johor's seat of government has been moved.
Public transportation in the form of buses was introduced in February 2010, providing reliable and efficient alternative transportation for the Kota Iskandar workforce through the route enhancement programme. The new six-lane Iskandar Coastal Highway cuts travelling time from Johor Bahru to Nusajaya to a mere 15 minutes.
SustainabilityKota Iskandar places an emphasis on sustainability, employing and incorporating many eco-friendly or 'green' features as part of its planning and design. It uses the Centralised District Cooling system employing chilled water as the coolant to cool the sprawling complex, reducing maintenance cost and chlorofluorocarbon emissions.
Safety and SecurityKota Iskandar was planned and developed using both passive and active safety and security features. CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) principles were adopted and implemented. The city-wide security master plan is also implemented over four tiers, together with the Nusajaya Safe-City Programme, which enhances the Police force's collaboration, contribution and presence in Nusajaya.
For more information, kindly visit www.kotaiskandar.com