ALOR SETAR: Aman Laut, a RM1.2bil mixed development project here dubbed the "Dubai of Malaysia", has been issued with an immediate stop work order.
The order was issued by the Department of Environment (DOE) through a notice dated May 15.
This was confirmed by DOE director-general Datuk Dr Ahmad Kamarulnajib Che Ibrahim.
"The move is in accordance with Section 34AA (2) of the Malaysian Quality Environmental Act 1974 (Amendment) 2012 that no work can be carried out prior to the approval of the department.
"Once it has been approved, only then should construction work be carried out," he said when contacted on Sunday.
The project, which comprises high-end bungalows, chic condominiums, malls and high-end eateries, was meant to transform the state, including the Kuala Kedah fishing town.
However, it was protested against by fishermen, who said the project had jeopardised their income.