JOHOR, the southernmost state of peninsular Malaysia, will provide direct deep-water access to its second port from the shipping routes plying the Malacca Straits, says the state's Chief Minister Muhyiddin Mohamed Yassin. He said construction of the second port was expected to be completed when the existing port in Pasir Gudang reached its maximum cargo-handling capacity towards the end of the decade. ''The type of traffic to be handled by the second port will be complementary to that at Pasir Gudang,'' he told delegates at a recent seminar on The Enhancement of Economic Relations between Malaysia and Hongkong. The second port would be designed to accommodate bulk carriers of up to 200,000 deadweight tonnes (dwt) and container ships up to 70,000 dwt, he added. Mr Muhyiddin said the free-port status accorded to the port would also ensure smooth movement of goods and facilitate trading transactions. Complementing this, the state was also improving the inland transport system with the development of a dry port in central Johor. The inland clearance depot would allow speedier delivery of containers and other general cargo shipments, he added. Mr Muhyiddin said that to cater for increasing air transportation demand, especially cargo transportation within the region and the growth triangle, the Johor airport would be expanded and upgraded into a regional air cargo centre. The chief minister said one of the strategies that Johor would pursue to achieve the state's development goals and to maintain the rapid pace of economic development was the enhancement of regional co-operation between Johor, Singapore and Indonesia. Johor would follow the basic concept of full exploitation of the combined resources - natural, human, infrastructural and financial - of the entire area for mutual benefits, he said. Mr Muhyiddin said there had been continuous relocation of industries from Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, Hongkong, the United States, the Middle East and European countries to Johor. Singapore constituted the largest investor in Johor, with Hongkong ranking sixth, he said.