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Published: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 8:06:21 AM

Locals hoping for a job at the proposed industrial park let down

Bukit Batu assemblyman Jimmy Puah Wee Tse (second from right) together with local s at the Sedenak Industrial Park in Sedenak, Kulaijaya on Dec 4, 2013.

Bukit Batu assemblyman Jimmy Puah Wee Tse (second from right) together with local s at the Sedenak Industrial Park in Sedenak, Kulaijaya on Dec 4, 2013.

KULAIJAYA: Locals looking forward to acquire jobs from the proposed Sedenak Industrial Park here are up in arms over the stagnant progress of the area for the past six years.

Farmer Mohd Affendi Kadir, 28, said that the development of the 283.28ha of land has been on a standstill since the project was launched in 2007.

”I was hoping of getting a job with a decent wage, but after six years and the birth of my three children, I am still waiting for a good job opportunity here.

“I have to work extra hard to harvest my vegetables and sometimes it is hard to make ends meet due to the unpredictable weather,” he said when met during a press conference here on Dec 4.

Maintenance worker Mohd Ismi Mohd Doon, 35, who has been working at the park for two weeks, said that the land was left abandoned with only a stretch of some 1km tar road.

“There are no other infrastructure available at the land and there is no progress for years,” he said adding that he only looked after the place to ensure the drainage was not clogged.

Mohd Ismi also said that many locals were interested to acquire the land for agriculture purpose and had come forward to enquire about it but did not know which channels to approach.

Bukit Batu assemblyman Jimmy Puah Wee Tse, who organised the press conference, also raised his concerns over the vast undeveloped land, which was still classified as agricultural land.

”Investors may be hesitant to lease the land as basic infrastructure is not provided and the land has not been converted for industrial use.

”Since the project cannot attract industrial business owners, the government should consider revising the initial plan and use the land for agriculture purposes instead,” he suggested.

Meanwhile, Johor Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries exco Ismail Mohamed said that the state government had decided to allocate the land for both agricultural and industrial use.

“We will divide the land according to the demands, as it is a vast land which can be use for agricultural purposes or converted for industrial use,” he added.

Tags / Keywords: Southern & Eastern Region, Property, Kulaijaya, farmer, development, land, agriculture


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