The project by the Malaysian government is intended to be a showcase of modern living, relying upon renewable resources for energy and employing environmentally comprehensive methods of living. Everything from waste to energy will be recycled. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak had this to say of Iskandar Malaysia:

Iskandar Malaysia [is] a smart city template – protecting the environment, promoting equitable development and addressing urban development challenges [through] the creation of smart, liveable urban communities that will yield an improved quality of life for thousands of citizens, with safer, cleaner, healthier, more affordable and more vibrant neighbourhoods, serviced by more efficient and accessible transportation systems – great destinations for businesses.”

[The Guardian]