The state of Johor in Malaysia will have three major theme parks worth nearly RM8bn ($2bn) in the near future, according to its chief minister.
Mohamed Khaled Nordin, chief minister of Johor, said that the southern state wants to become the new “economic power house in the region” allowing it to compete with Singapore and others.
Mohamed Khaled, who is also the state chairman of the Barisan Nasional party, made the comments during a speech launching its manifesto for the upcoming general election.
“For us to catch the lion, we must upgrade our tourism sector with new attractions because if Singapore has Gardens by the Bay, we will build a new tourism centre at the Desaru coast worth RM4.5bn ($1.15bn),” he said, according to The Star.
“In Singapore, they have Universal Studios but here, we will build the world’s first science fiction theme park near Legoland here,” he added.
The Barisan Nasional party has also committed to building a RM2.7bn ($694bn) eco entertainment park near the Yayasan Pelajaran Johor campus in Kota Tinggi.
“Once all the projects are completed, I would not be surprised to see Singaporeans coming to world class facilities available here,” Mohamed Khaled said.
Johor is already home to the Legoland Malaysia Resort, which includes the Legoland Theme Park, Legoland Water Park and Legoland Hotel. In January 2018, a ground-breaking ceremony was held for a new Sea Life aquarium, which is expected to open at the resort by the end of the year.