If this new highway proceeds we can foresee that tourism along this entire eastern coastline of peninsula Malaysia will benefit. By comparison the eastern coastline has far better beaches along the entire stretch while the western coastline tends to be mangrove and mud flats.
Plans are in the pipeline to construct a new coastal highway along the east coast from Kota Baru, Kelantan to Pengerang, Johor.
Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) director-general Datuk Ismail Md Salleh said the Government would look at the project’s viability before embarking on it.
He said that with most parts of the west-coast areas in the peninsula being well-linked, served and connected with road and highway networking systems, there was a need to improve connectivity and accessibility in the east coast.
“Although it is still in a preliminary stage, we will look into the project, as it would create economic spillover effects and open new growth centres in the east-coast areas,” Ismail told a press conference yesterday on the Association of Highway Concessionaires Malaysia (PSKLM) International Expressway Conference & Exhibition (PIECE 2013).
Ismail said with Pengerang becoming a new regional oil and gas (O&G) hub in the region, the new coastal highway was “deemed necessary”.
He said plans to transform the Desaru area, also in the Kota Tinggi district, into a leading leisure and hospitality spot in the region would require better connectivity and accessibility.
“The present traffic volume and future estimated figure are the main factors that will determine whether it is viable to open a new highway in the country,” added Ismail.