IRDA signs MoUs on data sharing, urban observatory

By BERNAMA

The Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) yesterday inked two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with the Town and Country Planning Department (PLANMalaysia) and Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) on data sharing and urban observatory.

Its CEO Datuk Ismail Ibrahim (picture) said the move was in line with efforts to make Iskandar Malaysia, the economic region in Johor, a smart city.

“We can use data to predict what is needed for Iskandar Malaysia and help craft policies that will stimulate the right developments at the right time.

“We’re not only building Iskandar Malaysia for the people of today but also for future generations,” he told reporters at the event held on the sidelines of the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Ismail inked the MoU for IRDA while PLANMalaysia was represented by its DG Rokibah Abdul Latif. Chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin was there for DOSM.

The signing and exchange of documents were witnessed by Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry secretary general Datuk Seri Mohammad Mentek.

Ismail said what is being developed and applied in Iskandar Malaysia by PLANMalaysia, DOSM and IRDA provides a basis for the development of smart cities, urban observatory and data sharing framework as Malaysia raced to be a developed nation.