Mersing to see developments worth more than RM100mil

Khaled (left) handing a certificate of excellence to an entrepreneur during the Mersing Development Initiative announcement at Penyabong Jetty.

MERSING: Johor mentri besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin offered some friendly advice to Parti Amanah Negara deputy president Salahuddin Ayub – to focus on his own election campaign and serve the people.

“This is the time for him to look within his party to improve it.

“As a friend, I advise him to try and talk about something which can help the people when he meets with them instead,” he said during a press conference held near Penyabong Jetty in Mersing.

Khaled said this in response to reports of various allegations Salahuddin made during the series of the former’s political ceramah sessions that took place throughout the state.

Salahuddin is tipped to be a candidate for the Mentri Besar post should Pakatan Harapan wrest control of Johor in the general election.

This is the second election that Salahuddin will be contesting in Johor. In the 2013 general election, he contested for the Pulai parliamentary seat as well as Nusajaya state seat but lost both.

On the competition for seats among Barisan component parties in Johor, Khaled said nominations were not within his power.

“Johor has given all the candidate names to the Prime Minister. If there are any changes or exchanging of seats, it cannot be done at my level anymore,” he said.

Earlier, Khaled announced that construction for projects in Mersing worth over RM100mil in total would begin and be carried out via the East Coast Economic Region Development Council.

The projects include a RM70mil integrated fish processing park in Endau, a RM26.5mil dairy processing centre in Jemaluang and upgrading of infrastructure in the area at an estimated cost of RM4mil.

“Mersing has vast untapped potential and with these new developments in place, I hope to make it a major tourism spot known for its beautiful beaches and islands,” he said, adding that the Government would spend RM15mil to set up a “kampung stay” – a type of homestay tourism that would involve the Air Papan village.

Khaled said he was making it a priority to build a new bridge and flyover in Mersing town which would cost RM170mil.

“This bridge will help reduce congestion in the town as well as solve some of the problems that big boat operators here face.

“With a fresh mandate, I will push to make this a reality for Mersing folk,” he said.

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