DOE approves entire controversial Johor Straits property project


(TMI) – Amid public outcry over massive land reclamation works and environmental concerns, the Department of Environment (DOE) has given the green light to the developer of the Forest City project in Johor to go ahead with its RM600 billion mixed-development project.

Country Garden Pacific View (CGPV) said the DOE had approved the project’s detailed environmental impact assessment report (DEIA), which means the developer can proceed with earthworks and construction.

“Our next step is to ensure that all compliance monitoring, in terms of air, noise, water quality and sediment, are robustly implemented and carried out.

“This is one of our immediate priorities, minimising the impact to the local communities and ensuring that the surrounding ecology are well preserved,” said CGPV executive director Datuk Md. Othman in a statement today.

The Forest City project will see four man-made islands built in the waters in Tanjung Kupang between south-west Johor and north-west of Singapore. The mixed-development project will include residential and commercial lots.

Md said the project was “consistent with the government’s vision as outlined in the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP)”.

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