State may increase local councillors’ allowance

Tan says the paperwork for reviewing fixed rate allowance and payments allowance is in the final stages.

ISKANDAR PUTERI: Johor is looking at increasing allowances for local councillors, says local government urban wellbeing and environment committee chairman Tan Chen Choon.

The Jementah assemblyman said the move was in line with empowering local councillors and reforming the administration at local government level.

“The paperwork for reviewing fixed rate allowance and payments allowance is in the final stages.

“Any decision about the matter will be decided upon after getting approval from the state government, ” he added.

Tan said this in his reply to Chew Peck Choo (PH-Yong Peng).

He said it was important for the government to review local councillors’ allowances and be fair to them.

“The expectations of the rakyat from councillors are very high and the state must increase their allowance similar to that of Selangor and Penang, ” he said.

Meanwhile, tourism, women, family and community development committee chairman Liow Cai Tung said the state government has prepared various tourism products throughout the districts in preparation for Visit Johor 2020.

Liow said the campaign is also in line with the Federal Government’s Visit Malaysia Year 2020 campaign.

She added that preparations do not only involve products and services offered but also incorporates the development of infrastructure and the organising of various programmes to welcome tourists.

“In Mersing alone we have 11 programmes lined up such as Mersing Art Fiesta, Pulau Besar Regata, Mersing Beach Run, Mersing International Fly Fest and Mersing International Coastal Clean-Up.

“Another example is Pengerang, Kota Tinggi where 24 programmes have been prepared such as the Asean Tourism Golf Tournament and Pengerang Fest, ” she said.

Liow added that as for infrastructure development, it involved the opening up of Sungai Buluh beach in Sedili, the establishment of Pengerang Tourism Information Centre, and the Sungai Rengit Recreation Centre.

Upgrading works have also been conducted at Arena Warna Ayer Hitam, and Dataran Yong Peng.

“One of the latest tourist attractions that the state government, through Tourism Johor, will introduce is the maize plantation in Parit Ghani, which has managed to attract 55,000 visitors.

“We are also targeting over 40,000 visitors to the Virtual Reality (VR) Centre of Excellence – the latest attraction in Iskandar Puteri next year, ” she added.

Liow also called on the private sector and tourism industry players to come up with potential tourism products to be listed as attractions in the Visit Johor 2020 campaign.

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