Melaka’s entry point uninviting to tourists

Visitors to the Melaka ICQS Complex will be greeted by these worn-out chairs at the concourse area.

Visitors to the Melaka ICQS Complex will be greeted by these worn-out chairs at the concourse area.

THIS year is Visit Melaka Year but the Immigration, Customs, Quaran­tine and Security (ICQS) Complex in Taman Kota Laksamana is in a shabby state.

Despite serving as the main entry point for tourists from Indonesia, especially from Dumai and Bengkalis in Sumatra, the complex’s facilities are in a poor condition.

The seats in its concourse are mostly damaged with the covers torn and sponge exposed.

Upon seeing this unwelcoming sight, Chief Minister Adly Zahari instructed that the complex be properly maintained by the parties responsible.

He said proper maintenance works were vital as the Federal Government spent a huge amount of money to build the complex.

“The state government will inform the relevant ministry about the situation at the ICQS Complex.

“We will request for maintenance to be carried out continuously and properly,” he told reporters when met at the complex.

Also present was State Secretary Datuk Hasim Hasan.

Adly said the ICQS Complex was under the purview of the Federal Government and the state government could only notify them if any action was required. It was reported that about 101,535 passengers of cruise ships and 141,601 ferry passengers entered and exited the state via the ICQS Complex in 2017.

On another matter, Adly said the state government had no plans yet to develop Pulau Konet in Kuala Sungai Baru, Alor Gajah, which has been identified a location for illegal Indonesian immigrants to enter and exit the state.

He said regular patrols and operations by various security agencies were able to address the influx of illegal immigrants, smugglers and other illegal activities in the waters off the state and neighbouring Negri Sembilan.

“As at Feb 12, security agencies have made eight arrests for various offences around the waters off Melaka and Negri Sembilan,” he said, adding that 28 and six arrests were made in 2018 and 2017 respectively.