TUMPAT, Sept 9 — The government agreed to continue implementing four projects under the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC), said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said all the projects were decided at the ECERDC meeting held at Kelantan State Secretary Office in Kota Bharu, today.

He said the projects covered the construction of East Coast Expressway Phase 3 (LPT3) from Gemuroh, Terengganu to Pengkalan Kubor, Tumpat, Kelantan over a distance of 147 kilometres (km) and Phase 2 of the Flood Mitigation Project in Rantau Panjang-Golok which were approved with a cost of RM897 million.

“Apart from that, the government also agreed to the extension of Kuantan-Segamat Highway involving the route from Runchang to Simpang 3 Keratong over 51 km.

“The government is also developing towns at the border with Thailand by building a bridge in Sungai Golok in Rantau Panjang and the Tak Bai-Pengkalan Kubor bridge,” he said when speaking at the opening of  Kampung Laut Heritage Village here today.

Also present were Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob, Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar, Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail and Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi. 

Present at the meeting were the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali and Kelantan State Secretary Datuk Nazran Muhammad.

Commenting further, Ismail Sabri said the government has always been fair to all states when implementing development.

“I appreciate the efforts of ECERDC in leading national economic recovery initiatives in the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) through the implementation of various development programmes on human capital, strategic projects, and attracting new investments.

“The efforts had succeeded in stimulating economic activities in ECER and added value to the prosperity of Keluarga Malaysia,” he said and added that the programmes implemented in ECER targeting B40, unemployed and the Orang Asli community have attained impressive success.

He said taking into account current developments and the ECER 2.0 Master Plan that will end in 2025, ECERDC needs to conduct a study of the ECER 3.0 Master Plan to draw up a socioeconomic implementation plan until 2030.

“I understand that this matter will be discussed further later,” he said.


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