MALACCA: A 464ha site has been set aside for the Warisan Heritage project in Telok Gong to reap benefits from the proposed construction of a bridge to Rupat in Sumatra.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said an integrated township together with an industrial estate would be developed by the state-owned Malacca State Development Corporation.
The Warisan Heritage project will be near the site of the proposed bridge and we will hold discussions with Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohd Hassan to develop the area bordering Malacca, he said.
Mohd Ali said the bridge would have two links one to Malacca town and the other to Port Dickson so that the two states can reap benefits from the development.
Replying to a question from Datuk Wira Amid Nordin (BN Telok Mas) at a recent state assembly meeting, he said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had given his assurance that the three economic corridors would not affect the two states.
Mohd Ali said the state would also submit a proposal to the Federal Government to turn Bemban into an educational and health tourism belt .
He said the state had received RM705.38mil in investments between January and August this year compared to RM422.68mil for the same period last year.
Petronas has submitted two proposals for expansion work totalling RM420mil and I have urged the Ministry of International Trade and Industry to include them in this years projects, he said.
To a question from Goh Leong San (BN - Banda Hilir), Mohd Ali said Malaysia had several incentives to attract investors compared to other countries in the region.
He said a delegation would be going to Brisbane and Sydney to visit a foreign investor keen on investing in a marina off Pulau Melaka.
They are proposing to make it a berthing point for cruise ships as well as a mooring area for yachts, he said.
To another question, Mohd Ali said that 23 investment projects were approved this year and 41 last year.
Replying to Betty Chew (DAP - Kota Laksamana), he said the visits to foreign countries by the state delegations had brought in investments as well as more tourists.