KOTA TINGGI: Johor's most popular beach Desaru, located some 100km from here, will be developed into an international water sports centre in line with efforts to promote the country as a sports tourism destination.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman Said said the long, unpolluted and unspoilt white sandy beach of Desaru fitted the criteria for a water sports centre.
She said the fact that Desaru had already established itself as a favourite beach spot in the region would help to sell the centre in Europe and America.
For a start, the Government has set aside an allocation to build a bridge across Sungai Johor to shorten travelling time between Desaru and Johor Baru by more than half.
I have also arranged several meetings with the state government to discuss other infrastructures that need upgrading, including the all-important communication facilities, she said after launching the Saske Desaru Weststar Golf championship in Desaru.
I was disappointed that most foreign participants of the Desaru Triathlon opted to stay in Singapore simply because of lack of some facilities, she said.