‘Focus on sustainable development of Kampung Sungai Melayu’


The river cruise along Sungai Melayu is one of the attractions in Kampung Sungai Melayu.

THE redevelopment of Kampung Sungai Melayu in Iskandar Puteri, Johor, needs to consider the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), says Jimmy Leong.

The Johor Tourist Guides Association chairman said the focus should be on preservation, conservation and education.

“Of the 17 SDGs, 11 are relevant to redeveloping the village, such as life on land, life below water, clean water and sanitation, as well as responsible consumption and production.

“Kampung Sungai Melayu is located within the Iskandar Puteri business district, so we need clear guidelines for core protected areas and buffer zones.

“Anything within these zones must be preserved and left undisturbed.

“If we achieve this, we can balance economic growth with environmental protection,” he said, adding that the state government should also implement policies to ensure nearby industries contribute to environmental preservation.

In last year’s budget announcement, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi allocated RM12.2mil for the redevelopment of Kampung Sungai Melayu.

During a working visit to the village, Onn Hafiz said he wanted it to be a model village for eco-tourism.

Johor National Park Corporation (PTNJ) director Taufik Bahar said Kampung Sungai Melayu needed good basic infrastructure to become an eco-tourism destination.

“Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP) has been tasked with this responsibility, and as a start, they will provide ample parking space.

“There will also be a gallery showcasing the village’s history and lives of the villagers,” he said.

Taufik said it was important to train the local community in soft skills, especially interacting with foreign tourists.

“We need more storytellers to share information about the village.

“The main activity is the boat tour along Sungai Melayu, where visitors can see the mangrove forest and wildlife.

“Visitors will also learn how to catch mud crabs and harvest mussels,” he added.

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