SHAFAQNA- Mohamed Khaled Nordin, an official in the state, said Johor had the advantage compared with other states which also have their own halal parks as the JHP was totally different in its set up.
“You have to be different in order to attract investments and this is just what we are doing with our halal park,’’ he told reporters after opening the SK Taman Rinting 2 Parents-Teachers Association annual general meeting.
Mohamed Khaled said that the park would have its regional marketing and clearing house, integrated packaging, warehousing and logistic, one-stop centre, scientific and halal laboratory and incubator with international standard.
According to him, the regional marketing and clearing house could be a collection centre for products including perishable items such as fruits, vegetables and cut flowers produced by farms located outside the halal park.
“We have received enquiries from investors in China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan planning to set up their operations at the halal park,’’ said Mohamed Khaled.
He said a group of businessmen from one of the provinces in China would make a site visit in the coming weeks, adding that they had expressed strong interest to invest in the halal park.
Mohamed Khaled said the location of the park in the Eastern Gate Development Zone of Iskandar Malaysia would make it attractive to domestic and foreign investors.
He said Iskandar Malaysia’s close proximity with Singapore – an international trading and finance centre – was another strong selling point of the project.
“Johor as the main food producer in the country and located along the busiest international shipping route has the right eco-system to become a leading halal hub in the world,’’ he said.
The freehold halal park is a joint-venture project between United Malayan Land Bhd and the Johor State Government-linked company Johor Biotechnology & Biodiversity Corp.
The 141.63ha project is located on a 141.63ha site in Cahaya Baru near here with a gross development value of RM1.5bil. It will be developed over the next five to seven years.