Forest City is a new urban development in the Iskandar Malaysia Special Economic Zone in Johor, Malaysia. The project is made up of four man-made islands covering 30km2, located in the Johor strait opposite Singapore.
The islands will be a mix of residential, leisure, commercial, and industrial space, and will have an estimated population of 700,000 residents.
The project is being developed by Country Garden Pacificview Sdn Bhd as a joint venture between Country Garden Group and the Malaysian-government-backed Esplanade Danga 88 Sdn Bhd (EDSB). Country Garden (headquartered in Guangdong, China) own 60% of the project and it’s a project under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Forest City has been touted as the Shenzhen of Southeast Asia, referring to its proximity to Singapore as Shenzhen is to Hong Kong. The new city is being promoted as a “smart and green futuristic city that combines environment, technology and cutting-edge technology to create an ideal, idyllic and technology-driven living and working space ecosystem.”
Forest City Location Map
Nothing is official yet, but are plans for public transport which may include a light rail system and water taxis.
Forest City is also close to the proposed Singapore to Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail. It remains to be seen how close and how Forest City will be connected to Iskandar Puteri Station.
[Iskandar Puteri Station.]
Forest City is near the Malaysia–Singapore Second Link.
Official Links and Resources
Official website: forestcitycgpv.com.
Developer: forestcitycountrygarden.com.my en.bgy.com.cn (China).
Forest City Green Lava Skyline – LAVA won 2nd prize in the international competition.
Country Garden shrinks its Malaysia staff as sales of Forest City’s property trickle to a stop amid Covid-19 travel bans – [01/09/21]
“Country Garden has cut its Malaysia staff to 500 as of June following three rounds of retrenchments over the last 18 months, from 1,700 in 2019. The company has sold fewer than 10 homes at Forest City in the past 18 months, according to salespeople who declined to be identified.”
Coronavirus slows China-funded $100bn city in Malaysia – [07/07/20]
“Chinese and Singapore investors stay away as pandemic crisis persists.”
Country Garden achieves over 80% sales – [09/03/20]
Malaysian ‘forest city’ wins sustainability award – [09/12/19]
“The Asian Townscape Award was given for the ‘Feathers of the Sea’ business complex, which is part of the overall Forest City being developed in Johor.”
Chinese companies are worse at business than you think – [21/11/19]
“A megaproject in Malaysia shows how quickly deals with private Chinese investors can become massive boondoggles.”
In Johor, Forest City set to deliver 20,000 units to China, other buyers this year – [10/09/19]
“The Forest City development in Johor’s Iskandar region is expected to deliver over 20,000 units to buyers this year, saying previous concerns prompted by the prime minister’s remarks about foreigners have subsided.”
Malaysia’s Forest City to hand over more than 20,000 residential units this year as it unveils new golf course – [09/09/19]
“To date, investments into Forest City, a project comprising four man-made islands total more than 17 billion ringgit (US$4 billion).”
Multi-billion ringgit Forest City project in trouble? – [05/09/18]
“An ambitious US$100 billion (RM414 billion) island city being built off Johor has found itself in troubled waters as the new government takes aim at the development, the latest in a series of China-linked mega projects started under the scandal-plagued ex-prime minister to come under attack.”
Forest City foreign buyers’ ban is likely to be ‘temporary’ – [28/08/19]
“Units already sold won’t be affected as the govt will abide by international laws, says a consultant.”
Johor’s Forest City opens new classic 18-hole golf course – [26/08/19]
“The master developer of Forest City has unveiled the second of three 18-hole championship layouts with the opening of the classic golf course in Gelang Patah in Johor.”
No picnic for Country Garden as shares tumble despite buybacks – [04/10/18]
“Share buybacks are doing little to help stem a US$24 billion selloff in China’s biggest developer by sales.”
Let foreigners in Forest City if you want Malaysians to live in ‘wooden houses’, Dr M tells Johor MB – [07/09/18]
“Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian can let foreigners buy up Forest City units if he wants Malaysians to live in wooden houses, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said in jest.”
Malaysia leaves $100 billion real estate project in limbo – [05/09/18]
“The fate of Country Garden Holdings Co.’s $100 billion project in southern Malaysia remains in limbo as Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said foreigners are welcome to invest, but they might not be allowed to stay for long in their new homes.”
Dr M: Chinese nationals can buy Forest City units, but no residential visas – [04/09/18]
“Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has confirmed that Chinese nationals can indeed purchase residential units at Forest City but they would not be issued visas to live there.”
Forest City a ‘ticket’ to bring in 700,000 Chinese nationals – [01/09/18]
“The development of Forest City will be reviewed due to its property unit sales terms which do not benefit the country.”
Forest City developer believes Dr M’s statement ‘taken out of context’ – [27/08/18]
“The developer of the Forest City mega project maintains that it has complied with the all laws and regulations with regards to approvals needed to sell their property to foreign buyers.”
Malaysia bars foreigners from Forest City project that drew Chinese buyers – [27/08/18]
“Malaysia will not allow foreigners to buy residential units in the $100-billion Forest City project in its southern state of Johor bordering Singapore, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday.”
Minister: Foreigners can buy freehold properties in Forest City – [02/08/18]
“The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government will continue allowing foreigners to buy freehold properties in Forest City, in line with the ruling issued by the National Land Council in 2014, says Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar.”
Malaysia’s opposition pulls off shocking election win – [10/05/18]
“Mahathir Mohamad’s alliance wins 113 seats in parliament, ending the 60-year reign of the ruling Barisan Nasional.”
Inside China’s ghost city in Malaysia – [04/02/18]
Integrated transport system for Forest City – [29/11/17]
“Forest City in Johor will have an integrated public transportation system that can provide seamless travel for residents and visitors, while protecting the environment. It will likely incorporate light rail transit, electric vehicles and water taxis, and have links to the proposed high-speed rail (HSR) network connecting Kuala Lumpur to Singapore.”
Johor assembly hears concerns over Forest City’s water supply – [27/11/17]
“A Johor politician told the state assembly on Monday (Nov 27) that the Johor government had told developer of the Forest City project to source for its own water supply.”
Developers lobby for KL-Singapore high-speed rail station in Forest City – [14/10/17]
“Developers of Forest City in Johor have lobbied the Malaysian government to place a high-speed rail (HSR) station in the mega property project just west of the Second Link crossing between Singapore and Malaysia…”
Malaysia’s Forest City and the damage done – [30/08/17]
“Taking a closer look at a sultan’s grand $100-billion megaproject in Johor.”
Troubles in Malaysia’s Forest City ‘paradise’ – [06/05/17]
“Flats in the much-touted development are being handed out as freebies to buyers of luxury properties in Shanghai.”
Country Garden halts Malaysian housing sales amid capital flight crackdown – [09/03/17]
“Chinese developer Country Garden Holdings has closed all sales centres in mainland China for its flagship Malaysian housing project amid Beijing’s intensified crackdown on capital flight.”
Malaysia’s city of the future is an uncanny valley – [22/03/16]
“Forest City is quartet of islands born from reclaimed land in the Straits of Johor, the thin strip of water between neighbours Malaysia and Singapore, but it may as well be the uncanny valley so much is it like wandering into a video game.”
Country Garden unveils RM175b ‘Forest City’ project – [22/01/16]
Forest City’s critics are jealous: Johor Sultan – [23/03/15]
Land reclaiming for Forest City project starts after CNY – [16/02/15]
“The developers of the controversial Forest City project will start reclaiming land after the Chinese New Year holidays following the greenlight given last month by the Department of Environment (DoE).”
Forest City to be split into four islands – [21/09/14]
Johor reclamation works stopped – [24/06/14]
“The Department of Environment has issued a temporary stop-work order against all coastal land reclamation works for the development of the massive Forest City off Tanjung Kupang here pending a detailed study.”
Singapore concern over Johor project – [21/06/14]