Status of Langkawi New City project remains unclear
Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir

MB says the project has not been proposed, discussed, considered or approved by the Kedah govt

By ALIFAH ZAINUDDIN / Pic By ISMAIL CHE RUS

The Kedah state government denied that it has received any development proposal for the multibillion ringgit development known as the Langkawi New City project.

Kedah Mentri Besar (MB) Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir (picture) said he found such report puzzling as the project has not been proposed, discussed, considered or approved by his government.

“I wish to explain that the project was once proposed when I was made MB the first time under the then Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

“Ting had then proposed a reclamation project to build the property which would be sold to local and foreign buyers.

“However, that proposal was never followed up with a deposit payment, in line with the state’s conditions for a mega project of this nature,” he said in a statement last Friday.

This came following reports that developer Tan Sri Ting Pek Khiing will embark on a RM30 billion development in Langkawi.

The 73-year-old developer is said to be building Langkawi New City on 81ha of reclaimed land off the west side of the island.

The mega project includes the construction of 30,000 high-end condominium units, commercial centres and berthing facilities for ocean liners and yachts, among other facilities.

The development will be managed by Ting’s group of companies, but the names of the firms have not been disclosed.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had earlier said any project in Langkawi is subject to approval from the Kedah state government.

He said anyone with money can invest in the island and it is up to the authority of the state government on whether to approve it.

“This is a project in the state of Kedah, so it will be dealt with by the state,” he said after Pakatan Harapan’s presidential meeting in Petaling Jaya last Friday.

In a separate statement, Dr Mahathir agreed to establish the National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption Centre (GIACC), aimed at coordinating and monitoring all good governance activities in the country.

Former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed has been appointed to lead GIACC.

Abu Kassim currently sits on the 1Malaysia Development Bhd special force team and is the CEO expert in the International Anti-Corruption Academy, Austria.

Among the initial tasks of the GIACC is to ensure the 21 promises related to governance, integrity and anti-corruption identified in Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto will be implemented in phases.