PIPC a boost for Johor

ISKANDAR PUTERI: The Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC) is expected to push the state as a regional petroleum hub in the next three years.

Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin said that the PIPC together with Singapore would be able to offer a capacity of 10 million cubic metres in 2020.

“Together with Singapore, we can be a regional petroleum hub,” he said, adding that the project would also create job opportunities including 50,000 jobs for construction workers to complete the project.

Once it was done, he said the project would offer 4,000 full time jobs and 5,000 jobs for the support staff.

“The Federal Government has also allocated RM2.49bil for infrastructure projects in Pengerang,” he said in his reply to Tan Hong Pin (DAP-Mengkibol).

Once completed, he said the project would contribute RM18.3bil towards the country’s gross income.

When questioned by Dr Shahruddin Mohd Salleh (BN-Jorak) and Dr Sheikh Ibrahim Salleh (PAS-Sg Abong) that some companies, which invested in Pengerang, had terminated workers, suspended and even cancelled their projects due to the decreasing global oil pricing as well as ringgit value, Khaled said it only happened in the upstream lines, not downstream.

He said that even during his trade mission to Japan, there were also requests to invest in the PIPC.

Meanwhile, Local Government and Housing committee chairman Datuk Latiff Bandi in his reply said that the government was studying the present local council bylaws on how to regulate food trucks and food caravans in the state.

“We need to fine tune our regulations to prevent licence holders from awarding their licences to foreigners,” he said, adding that once the new regulations were in place, it would be implemented statewide.

He said that at present, there were no standard licences issued statewide and all licences were issued by each of the local authority based on their own set of conditions.

Latiff said the state encouraged the use of such vans and trucks to prevent shops to be built along the roads or places that would be a nuisance to others.