Ismail Sabri: Govt agrees to continue four east coast projects
09 Sep 2022
The Government agreed to continue implementing four projects in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang as well as the Segamat and Mersing districts in Johor, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
He said all the projects were decided in the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) meeting held at the Kelantan State Secretary Office in Kota Bharu on Friday (Sept 9).
He said the projects cover the construction of the East Coast Expressway Phase 3 from Gemuroh, Terengganu to Pengkalan Kubor, Tumpat, Kelantan over a distance of 147km, and Phase 2 of the flood mitigation project in Rantau Panjang-Golok, which were approved with a cost of RM897 million.
“Apart from that, the Government also agreed to the extension of the Kuantan-Segamat Highway involving the route from Runchang to Simpang 3 Keratong over 51km.
“The Government is also developing towns at the border with Thailand by building a bridge in Sungai Golok in Rantau Panjang, and the Tak Bai-Pengkalan Kubor bridge,” he said when speaking at the opening of Kampung Laut Heritage Village here.
Also present were Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob, Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar, Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail and Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi.
Present in the meeting as well was Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali and Kelantan state secretary Datuk Nazran Muhammad.
Commenting further, Ismail Sabri said the Government has always been fair to all states when implementing development.
“I appreciate the efforts of the ECERDC in leading national economic recovery initiatives in the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) through the implementation of various development programmes on human capital, strategic projects, and attracting new investments.
“The efforts succeeded in stimulating economic activities in the ECER, and added value to the prosperity of Keluarga Malaysia (the Malaysian Family),” he said, adding that the programmes implemented in the ECER targeting the bottom 40% income group, unemployed and the Orang Asli community have attained impressive success.
He said taking into account current developments and the ECER 2.0 Master Plan that will end in 2025, the ECERDC needs to conduct a study of the ECER 3.0 Master Plan to draw up a socio-economic implementation plan until 2030.
“I understand that this matter will be discussed further later,” he said.