Malaysia

Pagoh education hub not just hot air, says Muhyiddin

November 23, 2012

PAGOH, Nov 23 — The RM1 billion Pagoh Higher Education Hub project will propel development in Northern Johor and is not just an empty promise, emphasised Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today.

Muhyiddin (picture) said the first phase of the project will start next year, putting a stop once and for all claims that the government has been lying about it.

“This is not just talk. Someone told me the signboard was put up more than a year ago but the project has not been started.

“When we do something, we’ll complete it,” he said at a Deepavali celebration, here today.

Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said the 202 hectare development will have three universities, a polytechnic and secondary school, and would balance the growth in the state’s south, which includes Iskandar Malaysia and the oil and gas hub in Pengerang, Kota Tinggi.

The owner of the land, Sime Darby, had been informed to start construction next year and the first university was expected to open in 2015, he added.

“This is Pagoh’s plus point. In Southern Johor, there’s Iskandar Malaysia and Petronas RAPID, so here in the North its best to have the higher education hub,” he said.

Meanwhile, Muhyiddin urged the area’s communities to fully support the Barisan Nasional leadership in order to ensure a better life.

The people of Pagoh should understand and be confident about the government’s struggle, so that they do not lag behind other areas, he said.

He cut a Deepavali cake before the celebration commenced with traditional Indian performances.

Also present were his wife Puan Sri Norainee Abdul Rahman, Jorak assemblyman Datuk Dr Shahruddin Md Salleh and Bukit Serampang assemblyman Datuk Tahir Mohd Taat. — Bernama