The Johor government will implement the Johor Strait Development Corridor Master Plan early next year until 2025, in coordinating development in the coastal areas involved.
State Housing and Local Government Committee chairman, Datuk Abd Latiff Bandi said complete details of the plan were expected to be announced by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin at the tabling of the Johor State Budget 2016 later this year.
“This master plan will be the development framework for the coastal areas along the Johor Strait, which is the first such plan in the country.
“At the moment, we are giving the public the opportunity to forward feedback, suggestions or objections to the master plan before it is implemented.”
Abd Latiff said this to reporters at the launching of the Public Feedback Session on the Johor Strait Development Corridor Master Plan Study 2014-2025.
He said among the issues that required the drawing up of the master plan was the high development pressure along the Johor Strait stretching from the Tanjung Piai Ramsar area, near Pontian, to Sungai Johor.
He said it was also to protect the interest of the local residents in the area involved so that they would not be left behind from the rapid development taking place, hence also avoiding unplanned development.
Abd Latiff said among the suggestions in the plan was the international strategic zone policy with the main focus on not giving freehold ownership of property to foreigners, but only leasehold.
He said the public could give their feedback, suggestions or objections on the feedback form from today until Aug 19.
The feedback can be given at six master plan study display locations, namely Bangunan Datuk Abdul Rahman Andak in Kota Iskandar, Johor Baharu Tengah Municipal Council building, Johor Baharu City Council building, Pasir Gudang Municipal Council building, Pontian District Council building and office of the Iskandar Regional Development Authority, or via http://www.johor.gov.my/kpsj.