PULAU TIOMAN — July 20, 2017: The government will revive the proposal to build a new runway at Kampung Genting, Pulau Tioman, in efforts to place the island on par with other world famous resort islands.
The proposal that was axed in 2009 will be reconsidered in more detail with several new improvements to avoid harming the environment, including marine life.
“Our original proposal was to build this runway with a portion of it on land and another at sea. This proposal will be revived to allow the Boeing 737 to land,” Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said at a Hari Raya gathering at Kampung Tekek on the island today.
According to Najib, if the project can be implemented, the development landscape on Tioman could transform radically.
“A follow-up on it may take some time but a decision has been made. We will appoint a consultant before the project is implemented,” he said.
The event was attended by Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, Urban Webeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar and Tioman assemblyman Datuk Mohd. Johari Hussain.
The announcement on the runway was one of the special gifts from the government during Najib’s half-a-day working visit to Tioman.
He also opened the 310-metre long boardwalk that connects Kampung Tekek with Kampung Air Batang, besides launching the 116-unit Tekek Makmur People’s Housing Project, with 92 per cent subsidy provision.
Najib said according to a Cable News Network report, Tioman is one of the most beautiful islands while Pantai Juara is among the 21 most beautiful beaches in the world.
“Previously tourist arrivals did not reach the maximum level and, if possible, we want to attract more high class tourists with high purchasing power.
“Their presence will give a huge injection to the economy of Tioman and we will also provide a master plan for this island to ensure development is well organised,” he said.
At the function, Najib also announced an allocation of RM10 million for the maintenance and repair of the jetties at Kampung Tekek, Kampung Paya, Kampung Lukut and Kampung Juara besides construction of the new Kampung Salang jetty. — Bernama