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Johor Menteri Besar Johor, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin the state government is now focused on promoting the bio-economy sector. File pix by HAIRUL ANUAR RAHIM.

JOHOR BARU: The state government has identified the bio-economy sector as one of the future drivers of the local economy that will create job opportunities for Johoreans.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the state government is now focused on promoting the sector and has given the responsibility of leading the state’s bio-economy to Johor Biotechnology and Biodiversity Corp.

"We are focusing on three areas, namely bio-industry, bio-health and bio-agriculture. We want to develop these areas in order to create job opportunities for the people of Johor," said Khaled.

The menteri besar was speaking to the media after attending the open house of Pasir Gudang Member of Parliament Datuk Normala Abd Samad.

Khaled was commenting on a statement by Bioeconomy Corp senior vice president (bio-industrial) Zainal Azman Abu Kassim that the world's first bio-based chemical manufacturing plant is expected to begin operations in Johor in 2019.

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