Pahang MB: 101ha site in Gambang not for spiritual tourism project

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  • Thursday, 03 Oct 2013

KUANTAN: The state government has approved 101ha of land in Gambang for a housing and commercial development and not for a so-called 1Malaysia Spiritual Tourism project, said Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob.

He said the state never approved the 1Malaysia Spiritual Tourism project, which came under the spotlight following complaints from people who claimed they had been misled into buying columbarium niches there.

Adnan said construction firm Waras Mekar was given the go-ahead last year for mixed development work on the site.

“We understand that Waras Mekar is looking for a joint venture partner but it has not entered into an agreement with 1Malaysia Spiritual Tourism’s developer Enchant Acres,” Adnan said.

A video on the Enchant Acres website says the project will feature a huge pyramid, a Guanyin statue, a Guanyin temple, a shopping mall and a columbarium.

It is offering five million columbarium niches at RM12,000 each.

Adnan said Waras Mekar had lodged a police report. “This 1Malaysia Spiritual Tourism project was never discussed by the exco and will never be built in Pahang,” he said.

However, Enchant Acres group managing director Datuk Dr Allan Ho has maintained that the project is above board, saying that the company was offered the land in a joint venture with a construction firm, except the premium had not been settled yet.

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