KUALA LUMPUR, June 1 — The Kedah government has not received any proposal regarding the RM30 billion Langkawi New City Project, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said today.
In a statement, Mukhriz explained that developer Tan Sri Ting Pek Khiing had proposed such a project during the former’s previous term as a Barisan Nasional MB, but has not submitted a new one to the Pakatan Harapan government now.
He added that the proposal stalled as it was not accompanied by the deposit payment needed for project of the size.
"So, the state government's view is that the original proposal is no longer considered. Any new proposals have to be sent in officially for the consideration of the state government," Mukhriz said.
Yesterday, Ting announced that he will be embarking on a multi-billion-ringgit development project in Langkawi.
The Langkawi New City project, expected to cost around RM30 billion, will be located on about 81 hectares of reclaimed land off the west side of the island.
The project, which will be undertaken by his group of companies, will be launched today.
"The announcement is surprising because the project has never been proposed, discussed, considered or even approved by this state government under my leadership," Mukhriz added, saying that any project would have to undergo a thorough vetting process to determine the potential social, environmental and economical impact.