PORT DICKSON: Forty-two fishermen and their families, near here, will each receive “compensation” of RM1,000 a month for five years following an agreement reached between the state government and a developer who plans to build a five-star 760-room resort here.
Port Dickson MP Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the KL Metro Group, which is slated to start the construction of Lexis Hibiscus 2, its fourth property here, early next year, will set aside RM12mil for the purpose as well as help the community in other ways.
“This is the first time such an agreement has been reached.
“Other state administrations should emulate the Negri government which has not only prioritised tourism but looked into the interests of the local community first before approving any project,” he said at an event to announce the construction of Lexis Hibiscus 2, which is estimated to have a gross development value of RM500mil, on Saturday night.
The payment is to assist the fishermen in the event they face any hardship or loss in income during the construction of the project.
Anwar said when he was in Penآang recently to hear grouses from fishermen about the proposed Penang South Reclamation project, he had also asked the state authorities to look at the Negri Sembilan model.
Anwar, who witnessed the signing ceremony between Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun and KL Metro group managing director Datuk Low Tak Fatt, said the Negri government will also get 20% of profits from the Lexis Hibiscus 2 venture annually as the property will be built on a 32ha plot owned by the state.
“There has been a delay in the signing of today’s ceremony as the new state government renegotiated some of the terms in the agreement.
“There were no such benefits to the state or the fishermen in the agreement signed by the previous state government,” he said, adding that locals would also be trained for employment in the hospitality industry.
The new property will be located next to Lexis Hibiscus and will feature 582 water villas and 178 sky pool villas. Just like Lexis Hibiscus, each villa at Lexis Hibiscus 2 will have its own private dip pool.
KL Metro Group chairman Datuk Mat Hassan Esa, in his speech, said once completed, Lexis Hibiscus 2 will surpass Lexis Hibiscus’ current position as the world’s largest water homes development.
“Upon completion, Lexis Hibiscus 2 will bring in an estimated 400,000 tourists annually to Port Dickson.
“If each tourist spends an average one-night stay of RM600, this will generate tourist receipts of RM240mil per year and benefit the local communities and enhance Port Dickson’s appeal as a premier tourist destination,” he said.
Mat Hassan said the group’s three other properties here – Lexis Port Dickson, Grand Lexis Port Dickson and Lexis Hibiscus – had brought in 5.2 million tourists, half of whom were foreigners.
He said among the key facilities at the new resort are a sunken aquarium with a built-in restaurant, a musical fountain, and a grand ballroom, which will be the largest in the state with a capacity for 2,000 people.
The resort, he added, will be managed by the multiple award winner Lexis Hotel Group.