Malaysia seeks Australian tenants for IT park

Australian IT exporters wanting to expand into the Southeast Asian market have been offered a high-tech home in Malaysia.

Located at Johor, on the southern tip of Malaysia, the UNI-IT Park is scheduled to be opened in March 2001 and is negotiating now with potential clients.

"We have found that relocation and international expansion plans have a significant lead-time, and UNI-IT Park is pleased to enter into negotiations with Australian companies now and in the lead-up to the facility opening," said Dr V Kanapathy, UNI-IT Park's director. With the Asian economies generally in recovery mode, led by Singapore and Malaysia, there is huge potential for IT uptake, Kanapathy said.

The bulk of the technology park is pre-leased to JIITEC, a Malaysian-registered IT incubator.

Australian exporters wanting to set up a base can either lease office space within JIITEC and have access to incubation facilities or lease space outside JIITEC.

Incubation facilities within JIITEC include assistance with legal and marketing activities, among others. Johor was chosen as the location for the technology park due to its proximity to Singapore, which is "running out of physical and economical space for siting back-office activities, warehousing and assembly, R&D and start-up operations", Kanapathy said.

The location also takes into consideration the forthcoming opening of a second causeway linking Singapore to Malaysia and the upgrading of Johor's Senai airport to regional status.

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