Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the land reclamation work, which started eight years ago, was supposed to be completed by now but was only 40% completed covering 85.4ha.
Much to his dismay, Idris said, he would not hesitate to take drastic action, including replacing the developer if they were found to have failed to implement the project in accordance with the phases determined.
He said the disappointing development not only affected the state government’s economy in terms of domestic and foreign investors but also tarnished Melaka’s image as a tourist destination.
“I hope KAJ Development will double their efforts to find as many investors they can to hasten the Melaka Gateway development and intensify works to complete all the plans as schedule.
“Let me remind the developer that they need to give immediate priority to the project as eight years have passed since we signed the first agreement.
“Even though there is some progress but it is behind schedule,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the state government and KAJ Development in Melaka on Wednesday.
The MoU was signed by Idris and Melaka State Secretary Datuk Seri Naim Abu Bakar on behalf of the state government while KAJ Development was represented by its chairman Datuk Yahya Hamzah and chief executive officer Datuk Michelle Ong.
The latest agreement involves another component of the Melaka Gateway, namely an international cruise passenger terminal that needs to be developed within the next three years.
The Melaka Gateway spanning 1,504.9ha is a private initiative project encompassing mixed development over four artificial islands and is classified as a national project under the National Key Economic Areas.
Besides the international cruise passenger terminal on Pulau Melaka East 1, a commercial city will be built on Pulau Melaka East 2, a liquid bulk terminal on Pulau Melaka East 3, and a multi-purpose terminal, including container, and a maritime industrial park on Pulau Melaka East 4. - Bernama