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Surging Ahead: En Ismail Ibrahim, Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA)

Constantly innovating and upgrading itself, IRDA is all geared up to make Iskandar Malaysia the booming economic corridor of Southern Peninsular Malaysia.

En Ismail Ibrahim Chief Executive, Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA)En Ismail Ibrahim
Chief Executive
Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA)
Published: 2011

Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) is the Malaysian Government’s statutory body vested with the responsibilities of regulating stakeholders, in both public and private sectors, in order to transform Iskandar Malaysia into a developed metropolis.

Despite the economic crisis, IRDA attracted investments worth RM65.73 billion up to October 2010, of which 43% were foreign direct investments from some of the world’s biggest names including Pinewood Studios, Legoland, Maersk, Evergreen, GE, Mubadala and Kuwait Finance House. Iskandar Malaysia is currently (2010–2015) implementing various development blueprints. During 2016– 2025, it will be involved in sustaining and innovating the projects already implemented, particularly through the Comprehensive Development Plan.

“Iskandar Malaysia is a long-term, sustainable investment destination and we are looking for investors willing to commit long-term investments as this will help fight economic adversities. Unique in having exceeded investment targets, even during an economic downturn, we made the most of this calamity by


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