THE Johor government has allocated more than RM700,000 to upgrade public amenities in Tongkang Pechah, Batu Pahat which will start before the new year.
Mentri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi said the funds were to ensure the safety of road users and liveliness of the town.
“The state government has allocated RM250,000 to upgrade Dewan Orang Ramai Tongkang Pechah and instal air-conditioning in the hall.
“The Housing and Local Government Ministry has also allocated RM500,000 to repave the road at Taman Bistari Tongkang Pechah and build a new landmark at the entrance of the town near the Yong Peng toll plaza,” Onn Hafiz said in his speech during a meet-and-greet with Sri Gading constituents at Dewan Orang Ramai Tongkang Pechah.
There are plans to upgrade the roads connecting Tongkang Pechah and Batu Pahat city centre to ensure a smooth and safe flow of traffic, he added.
Later, during his visit with Chinese and Indian communities at Dewan MCA Sri Gading, the Mentri Besar presented RM600,000 to help upgrade the amenities at six Chinese new villages.
The villages are Kampung Baru Sri Gading, Kampung Baru Parit Yaani, Kampung Baru Tongkang Pechah, Kampung Baru Rangkaian Parit Buloh, Kampung Baru Rangkaian Panchor and Kampung Baru Parit Raja.
He also handed over RM200,000 for the upgrading of the Ladang Linting Sri Gading temple.
Onn Hafiz also visited Kompleks Niaga Parit Raja, where he has allocated RM500,000 to build a new bridge at Kampung Parit Raja.
“We will also provide RM300,000 to upgrade the roads at Kampung Parit Baru and the nearby villages,” he said.
Earlier, Onn Hafiz visited Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), where he said universities should continue working with the private sector, especially on high-skill learning that aligns with plans to turn Johor into a developed state by 2030.
“The state government will continue to ensure that each university student has a place to work once they graduate.
“One of the main concerns voiced by the investors planning to come to Johor is the number of talents we have, especially for high-skilled workers.
“This is their top priority, and that is why the state government will join forces with stakeholders in the state to ensure that our graduates have jobs when they finish their studies,” he added.
On Hafiz said this was one of the state government’s long-term plans and to achieve this, he urged continued collaboration with local universities, the graduates and the private sector.