Kota Iskandar, the Johor State Administrative Centre


A catalytic & conducive work environment at the heart of Johor!



Kota Iskandar, a catalyst development by Cahaya Jauhar Sdn. Bhd., a joint venture company between Permodalan Darul Ta’zim Sdn. Bhd. (a subsidiary of State Secretary Johor (Incorporation)) and UEM Land Berhad was recently voted as the recipient of the “Most Conducive Workplace” award at TIMA 2016/17 (The Iskandar Malaysia Accolades).


Standing on a 274-acre land (formerly a large oil palm estate), the completion of phases 1 and 2 of Kota Iskandar has transformed it into a modern and well-equipped State Administrative Centre.  Phase 1 comprises the State Legislative Assembly Building, Bangunan Sultan Ismail; the Chief Minister’s and State Secretariat, Bangunan Dato’ Jaafar Muhammad; State Government Complexes, Bangunan Dato’ Abdul Rahman Andak, Bangunan Dato’ Muhamad Salleh Perang and Bangunan Dato’ Muhamad Ibrahim Munsyi and a central plaza, Dataran Mahkota. To date, a total of 35 State departments with more than 3,000 staff are already working out of the area.


Phase 2 saw the completion of Kota Iskandar Mosque which was officially opened for public use in June 2015.


Inspired by the Moorish-Andalusian and Johor-Malay architecture, this development also features beautiful landscape with themed gardens such as Laman Firdaus (Paradise Garden), Laman Bunga Rampai (Potpourri Garden), Laman Kasturi (Musk Lime Garden), the Carmen and Al-Yanna. Here too, local endangered plant species have been given a home under the Hutan Kita (Our Forest) programme, where more than 1,800 forest plants have been planted and tagged.


In addition to this, Kota Iskandar has achieved several firsts in the real estate industry in Malaysia for

creating an open, public-friendly and sustainable environment, namely:-

  • A first fully-integrated, non-intrusive solid waste collection and disposal system
  • The first district cooling system (DCS) outside greater Kuala Lumpur
  • Integrated innovative landscapes with softscapes to lower ambient temperature
  • Active conservation of local endangered forest species
  • Use of eco-friendly microbes instead of chemical fertilisers
  • Use of advanced technology to create skylights that minimise the sun’s glare


Other developments in the pipeline include Federal Government and additional State Government complexes and a tourism hub in Laman Jauhar.


Further information on Kota Iskandar could be acquired by contacting Cahaya Jauhar Sdn. Bhd., No. 27 & 29, Jalan Indah 15/3, Bukit Indah, 79100 Iskandar Puteri, Johor at 07-235 0800, or login to the websites: www.cahayajauhar.com and , or email at: