A new route to link Malaysia and Indonesia, via Telok Gong in Masjid Tanah here and Dumai in Sumatra, involving a distance of about 120km will be developed with the cooperation of the private sector.
Melaka Investment, Industry, Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Committee chairman Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh said the proposed development, which would involve the construction of a tunnel or bridge, would take 20 years and, when completed, would have a major impact on the economic development of both countries.
The proposal for the project has been submitted by the private sector, and both countries have in principle agreed to a detailed study of the matter.
“On the part of the state government, we brought all government agencies to visit the area, where the proposed new route will be built, on Wednesday (Sept 7)," he told reporters after an interview on the Apa Khabar YB programme with Melakafm here on Thursday.
Ab Rauf said the project, to be built using the concept of "One Belt One Road", would be a new icon for both Malaysia and Indonesia.
The project would also involve the construction of various infrastructure, including traffic dispersal areas and the Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security (ICQS) Complex, he added.
Apart from that, he said, a new industrial area housing various industrial activities will be developed in stages in Masjid Tanah in an area covering about 2,023 hectares.
Development of the area will be carried out by Melaka Corp, and is expected to also contribute to the opening of a new town in Masjid Tanah, he added.