JOHOR Corp subsidiary Johor Technopark Sdn Bhd, which is developing the Tanjung Langsat industrial park into a petrochemical hub, might include a passenger terminal jetty in its development plan.
According to Johor Corp chief executive officer Tan Sri Muhamad Ali Hashim, the company would include non-industrial activity in view of a slowdown ininvestment flow into the park.
He said tourism was a new segment that the company could be involved in and plans were afoot to turn Pasir Gudang into Johor's latest tourist spot.
Ali, who is also the president of Pasir Gudang Local Authority, said that the area already had several tourism products to attract visitors including car and motor racing tracks, Kite Museum and traditional kampungs.
“We’ll be submitting the master plan to the state government and hope to start the project this year,” he said.
Ali told reporters this yesterday at the launch of Program Orientasi Tunas Bistari 2003, an entrepreneurship programme for secondary school students in Johor Baru.
Ali said Tanjung Langsat Port received its first passenger ship - Star Cruise - last Saturday and the passengers embarked on the jetty dedicated to handling liquid petroleum cargo and other hazardous chemicals.
Tanjung Langsat Port Sdn Bhd general manager Mazlan Othman told StarBiz that the company hoped to attract other cruise ships to call at the port once it had proper facilities for passengers.
He said Star Cruise was on a 3-month trial call at the port, carrying mostly Taiwanese passengers.
Mazlan said the cruise company decided to call at the port as it was becoming costly for cruise companies to berth at the terminal at the Singapore World Trade Centre.
Mazlan said he hoped that once the passenger facilities were in place at the port, including customs and immigration checkpoints, more international cruise ships would make Tanjung Langsat their regular stop.