LANGKAWI is not losing its lustre and efforts are being taken to revive abandoned private projects, Kedah Public Works, Energy and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Nawawi Ahmad said.
Denying a newspaper report that the resort island had lost its lustre because of abandoned projects and dilapidated buildings marring the landscape, he said: “The writers should have made an in-depth study.”
He clarified that most of the abandoned projects belonged to private developers.
“I have held a meeting with Lada (Langkawi Development Authority) and the district officer, and found almost all the abandoned projects belonged to private developers.
“The companies were affected by the economic downturn about a decade ago and they have yet to regain their econo-mic strength.
“Some of the companies no longer exist here. They have wound up their business,” he said.
Nawawi said a special committee would be formed to re-vive abandoned projects, inclu-ding those belonging to private companies in Langkawi.
He said the Taman Nilam housing project in Jalan Kisap in Langkawi for Kedah Malay Muslims was now 70% comple-ted.
He said the Summer Palace replica built for the shooting of the Anna and the King movie in Pantai Kok had been closed be-cause the structure was no lon-ger stable.
“We have transferred the contents to the Oriental Village. It is not financially viable to re-build the replica,” he said.
He also said the Sungai Hulu Melaka village project was not dying as a restaurant operator had opened an outlet to keep the area lively at night.
In a related development, Nawawi said the state government had invited bidders for the abandoned Aquabeat water theme park project in Langka-wi.