Melaka CM: State govt not named as respondent in judicial review, port project still ongoing

MELAKA: The Melaka government is not named as a respondent in a judicial review filed by Melaka Gateway developer, KAJ Development Bhd (KAJD) on Saturday (March 13), says Chief Minister Adly Zahari.

He said the integrated deep-sea port project is ongoing as per agreement by the state government and KAJD.

“The negotiation on the supplementary development of a Third Island as a tourist based island is being discussed between KAJD and my government, due the recalibration in the original plan.

“In a nutshell, the Melaka Gateway project is still on, and we are ready to listen to KAJD on expediting the project,” he said, after visiting a technology based company at Batu Berendam here on Tuesday (April 16).

Adly was commenting on a question whether the state government was also listed in the judicial review filed at the Kuala Lumpur High Court to challenge Transport Minister Anthony Loke's decision to
cancel the port operating licence granted to the developer by the previous Barisan Nasional-led federal government.

KAJ Development Bhd has named the Melaka Port Authority, Loke and the Malaysian government as respondents in the judicial review application.

The developer is also seeking general damages to be assessed by the court, and special damages of RM139 billion.

Melaka Gateway is a project worth RM43 billion with 552.8 hectares launched in 2014, and is expected to be completed by 2025.

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