Malaysia Vision Valley

What is MVV?

Malaysia Vision Valley (MVV) is an integrated economic region complementing the development of Greater Kuala Lumpur and the National Conurbation. A new growth area located in the state of Negeri Sembilan. Now known as MVV 2.0, it is a state-led private sector-driven development envisioned to be a world-class metropolis that is Competitive, Inclusive and Clean. Driven by Public-Private Partnerships, MVV 2.0 aspires to deliver economic impact to Malaysia by bringing in international and local investors, creating job and business opportunities. The overall development spans across 379,087 acres (153,411 hectares) of land covering Districts of Seremban and Port Dickson.

The development is part of the National Physical Plan (NPP), where it has been identified as one of the 17 Promoted Development Zones to be given priority at national level. It is also part of the State Structure Plan (SSP), aimed at positioning the Seremban and Port Dickson districts as extensions of Greater Kuala Lumpur.

MVV 2.0 aims to position itself as a global player by taking full advantage of the positive spillover effects of the growth of Greater Kuala Lumpur, minimizing the competition effect of the much stronger urban core of Greater Kuala Lumpur. Launched on the 13th December 2018 by the YAB. Menteri Besar of Negeri Sembilan, the development will focus on more on economic growth and jobs creation concentrating more towards the green and clean technology and manufacturing based industries that delivers inclusiveness, competitiveness and sustainability to the people, economy and environment.

The launch also saw the unveiling of the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) for MVV 2.0 and the publicity for its local plan. The CDP defines the growth development plan for MVV 2.0, along with its catalytic development focus, economic & social benefits and sustainability and environmental aspirations. The CDP also prioritises various aspects of economy, environment and social development within the MVV 2.0 development area. This is in ensuring that the implementation and execution of MVV will be done in a holistic approach, benefiting all people and businesses as it grow.

The whole development will be facilitated by a state-led agency, MVV Secretariat which act as the governing body in ensuring that the development follows the guidelines and initiatives that has been outlined in the CDP MVV 2.0. Focusing on four economic drivers which are the High Technology Manufacturing, Wellness Tourism, Skill-Based Education & Research, and Specialised Services.

When will the 1st phase of MVV kickstart?

Sime Darby Property Berhad will be undertaking this project as the Master Developer, which allows for an enhancement of the value of landbank within the MVV 2.0 development area. Key projects that will become among the principal drivers of the country’s future economic growth and social development will be taken on. The company’s significant role in MVV 2.0 is a continuation of their commitment towards the development of Negeri Sembilan.

In line with the priorities of the State Government, Sime Darby Property Berhad is planning for the development of a high-tech and industrial park, which is the first heartbeat project among the identified six within the first phase of developments to be activated. Sime Darby Property currently owns 2,838 acres within the MVV 2.0; and has the option to acquire another 8,796 acres from Sime Darby Berhad within five years from the date of its listing. The first phase of MVV 2.0 spans over a 30-year development period covering 27,000 acres.

The first developmental project will be in Parcel A, Nilai which is actually a set of palm oil estates namely Hamilton, New Labu, Labu and Kirby along the stretch of North South Expressway near the R&R Seremban. The development order for the physical development approval has been submitted by the master developer and once all are cleared by this year, we expect the construction works to start next year.

The State Government also welcome any interested parties to invest and participate in the development as long as it’s in line with the four economic clusters highlighted in the CDP MVV 2.0. The State Government, through MVV Secretariat, will facilitate the whole process with end to end handholding exercise in ensuring the smooth sailing of the investment realization in the area.

In your view, how would the Malaysia Vision Valley 2.0 growth development plan play boost the potential of property development across Southern Klang Valley?

Located at the south of the Klang Valley, MVV 2.0 is the natural destination and sponge for the spillover impacts of the Klang Valley where developments thrive. Its strategic location next door to the country’s international gateway i.e Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), its proximity to major towns and growth centres in the National Conurbation such as Putrajaya, Cyberjaya, Kajang and Bangi, and its relatively still serene and low-keyed affordable living environment makes MVV 2.0 an attractive alternative location sought after outside of the Klang Valley area. This is further influenced by the strong southward development push driven by market forces and enhanced connectivity between MVV 2.0 and Klang Valley.

What facilities, infrastructures and utilities do you deem as necessities for a township development to be sustainable on the long term?

Infrastructure is a key enabler to a successful development. Good infrastructure provides stability and confidence for investments, particularly in a regional context such as MVV 2.0. In planning for infrastructure needs within MVV 2.0, the current infrastructure was assessed to determine MVV’s readiness to support aggressive growth patterns in the following years. The assessment includes utility and infrastructure components such as water, sewer, power, gas, telecommunications, highways, roads and railways.

While the existing utility infrastructure within MVV provides a generous capacity to accommodate the growth pace of current socio-economic activities, the injection of growth outlines in the CDP MVV 2.0 is more aggressive. Current planning by utility service providers will need to be enhanced to include the development projections in MVV. Several initiatives have been outlined as follows:

Provide Sustainable Water Resource Management
With this initiative, we evaluates strategies to implement sustainable water management practices and water balance strategy that address both supply and demand. By focusing on sustainability, MVV’s goal is to identify and propose the means by which the region can maintain adequate quantity and quality of water supply for current and future residents, without compromising the community’s ability to benefit from the economic opportunities of MVV 2.0.

Provide Clean and Efficient Energy
With the growth of activities and population anticipated in MVV 2.0, the region must implement policies in curbing carbon emission through efficient consumption as well as optimisation of RE utilisation.

Develop High Speed Connectivity and Smart Applications
For a high economic growth area like MVV 2.0, reliable High Speed Broadband (HSBB) is a key enabler which attracts investors and population into the region. The delivery of HSBB to all parts of MVV must be a priority. MVV’s strategy follows the National Broadband Implementation Strategy initiative which provides basic broadband services in areas that could not be commercially served, and the Heartbeat projects which provide fibre based connectivity in key areas across MVV 2.0.

Integrate Solid Waste Management Applications
The development of MVV takes into account a solid waste management strategy which provides strategic directions for residential, commercial and industrial waste management activities. At present, all municipal solid waste within Seremban and Port Dickson are delivered to the 700 tons per day capacity SMART Waste to Energy Landfill in Ladang Tanah Merah which is currently managed by Cypark Resources Bhd. The strategy must outline methods for practical and sustainable waste management service delivery in each of the short, medium and long term periods. It should also focus on waste reduction and reuse strategies for the region to ensure that the lifespan of landfills are prolonged and expansion or addition of new landfills are avoided in the future.

The provision of comprehensive mobility in MVV 2.0 depends on the availability of transport infrastructure that provides international and regional connectivity with MVV 2.0 as well as provides local linkages within surrounding area. Enhancement in connectivity is much needed in order to strengthen the connections between here and its surrounding regions particularly the National Conurbation (Greater Kuala Lumpur/ Klang Valley) which has played a major role in the formation of MVV 2.0.

The identified heartbeat projects are anticipated to drive economic activities in MVV 2.0 within the planning period; as a result, more people are expected to reside in, commute to MVV 2.0 for work or visit the area. Hence, the development of green/clean transport infrastructures must be complemented with urban planning and design concepts that encourage people to adopt cleaner lifestyle, because the green/ clean transport infrastructures and services alone will not push private vehicle users into public transport. We strongly believe that a comprehensive mobility is important as a basic human needs. Mobility allows a human being to realise his/her freedom and not be challenged or marginalised.

MVV 2.0 is highly connected at the regional level through several transportation infrastructure networks i.e. rail and roadways. This makes the development accessible from all parts of the country. There are four main highways that provide accessibility to MVV 2.0 namely North South Expressway (E2), ELITE (E6), LEKAS (E21), and Seremban–Port Dickson Expressway (E29).

However, reconfiguration of the road network system in MVV is crucial to help achieve the objectives for comprehensive mobility. The re-configuration includes revamping of the existing right-of-way and road cross section to include a more efficient and safe pedestrian walkways and to install cycle lanes within the road composition. Reconfiguration of the road network system includes construction of new highways and roads to complete both regional and local connectivity for areas in MVV 2.0.

YB. Dato’ Dr. Razali bin Ab Malik
State Secretary of Negeri Sembilan
March 2019