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BETTER FUTURE: Nusajaya development plans thrill locals

NUSAJAYA: THE two-day Karnival Nusajaya celebrating the development of the regional city proved to be a resounding success as it attracted 100,000 visitors.

Organised by Khazanah Nasional, UEM Land and Iskandar Investment Berhad, the carnival, which ended yesterday, drew locals together for a fun-filled weekend.

To mark the launch of several projects in and around Nusajaya and Iskandar Malaysia, the event was supported by the state government and the Iskandar Regional Development Authority.

Local trader Amran Kassim, who came with his family, was amazed at the fast-paced development.

"Looking at these grand buildings here, like the Sultan Ismail building, I never thought that one day it would be so developed and a centre for the state capital," said the 45-year-old.

Tanjung Pelepas Port terminal operator Azhar Mohamad Maulan, 32, who came with his family from Pekan Nanas, was happy to see the plan for Educity in Nusajaya.

"With a number of campuses to be set up here, our children need not to travel far for an education."

Visitors also took the opportunity to register for the Iskandar Learning Festival 2012, a series of free courses to be held at KSL Resort in Johor Baru from Nov 1 to 7.

The courses, jointly organised by the authority, UM Land Bhd and Junior Chamber International's (JCI) Johor Chapter, will cover personal development, business management and leadership training.

Nadiah Aisyah Bainamin, 25, who signed up for the project management workshop, hoped to gain new skills to add to her resume.

"The job market is very challenging and we need all the help we can get," she said.

Media Prima Television Networks chief operating officer Ahmad Izham Omar, whose company had set up several booths, said Nusajaya was forming into the proverbial hub for the world.

"Many projects, like Pinewood Studios and Hello Kitty Land Town Malaysia, which are to open by year-end, even the visitor turnout, exceeded our expectations. Besides entertainment, visitors can also check out job opportunities at a career fair here."

Nusajaya State Assemblyman Datuk Abdul Aziz Sapian hoped the carnival would be an annual affair as it could help the local economy and tourism sector.

"It can help local traders and create interest in our new tourist attractions like Legoland and Puteri Harbour," he said.

Rahila Shamsudin, 26, and Suhaida Abdul Muin, 26, did not miss their chance of taking a picture with the Red Cube poster at the Nusajaya Eksplorasi Camp. Pic by Mohamad Shahril Badri Saali

Best friends Aemma Nursyakira Isa (left) and Suliza Abdul Rahman (right) had their faces painted with Hello Kitty cartoon at the LegoLand Play. Pic by Mohd Yusni Ariffin

Amin Muhammad Amin and his wife out for a stroll with their four sons Mohd Iman Zaquan (far left) and Mohd Ifran Zafran (right) and including twins Mohd Ifran Fami and Mohd Iquan Fikri at Dataran Mahkota in Kota Iskandar.

A massive crowd showing the ‘1Malaysia’ sign as they watch a concert in conjunction with the Nusajaya carnival at Dataran Mahkota in Kota Iskandar, Johor Baru, yesterday.


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