PONTIAN: Pakatan Harapan wants to ensure that all projects in Tanjung Piai initiated by its late MP Datuk Dr Md Farid Md Rafik would be carried out until completion.
Johor Pakatan Harapan (PH) elections director Datuk Salahuddin Ayob said that PH hopes to fulfil all promises Dr Md Farid made before his death.
“Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddun Jamal and I met with village heads from Tanjung Piai to find out about the promises made to the people here.
“We will try to ensure that they are realised and any projects mooted during the MP’s tenure are carried through, ” he said.
He said this to reporters when met after a briefing session with village heads from Tanjung Piai at the Pontian District office here.
Salahuddin, who is also Agriculture and Agro-based Minister, said that Dr Md Farik, who was from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), was a gentleman who always made time for the rakyat. He added that whoever was picked to contest in the upcoming Tanjung Piai by-election had big shoes to fill.
The Election Commission has fixed nomination day on Nov 2, with the by-election to take place on Nov 16.
Meanwhile, Dr Sahruddin said that the late MP, who was also Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department for National Unity and Social Wellbeing, had just received approval for a RM14.75mil allocation for development projects in Tanjung Piai.
“The allocation was for 17 projects in Tanjung Piai including for improvement works of community halls and school fields.
“We will try to ensure that these projects will be able to run as usual in Tanjung Piai, ” he said after his working visit here.
The parliamentary seat became vacant following the death of Dr Md Farid of heart complications on Sept 21.
On another matter, the Mentri Besar said that the Kukup International Ferry Terminal is expected to open its doors to the public by next month.
“We hope to reopen the terminal, which is now under Johor Public Transport Corporation (PAJ), as soon as possible.
“We target to open by Oct 15 or latest by Nov 1 but for now we still have to work out a few details to ensure the terminal can run as usual, ” Dr Sahruddin said.
It was earlier reported that the ferry terminal had stopped operations from Sept 1 and would only continue once the state government had found a suitable concession company to take over its management.
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