The Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government will hold discussions with the Kedah state government and the local authorities to ensure that development in Langkawi is carried out in a controlled manner in an effort to make the island a world-class tourist destination.
Its minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said about three million tourists visit Langkawi each year, thus requiring good and comfortable facilities during their stay on the island ensuring a good image of Langkawi .
“So all facilities such as landfills must be increased to ensure Langkawi’s image remains as an attractive tourist destination,” he told Bernama after a visit to Langkawi’s incineration plant at Belanga Pecah here, Saturday.
The solid waste management and solid waste disposal problems in Langkawi are expected to be solved as the island’s incinerator plant has been in operation since February.
“The ministry has allowed the company operating the incinerator plant to run its operations despite almost two years of not operating the incineration plant due to technical difficulties,” he said.
The company XCN Technology Sdn Bhd (XCNT) was appointed as the project contractor on March 3, 2008.
Currently Langkawi produces 100 tonnes of solid waste per day which is disposed of by incineration, using local technology. The incinerator in Langkawi is the largest of the four incinerators built. The other three are in Labuan, Pangkor and Cameron Highlands.