ACQUISITION: Process needs to be gazetted
JOHOR BARU: THE relocation of Pengerang residents to make way for the Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (Rapid) will take into consideration community sensitivities.
Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said the state government would settle compensation with land owners soon.
He said the state had not announced any compensation because the acquisition process had not been gazetted.
"If any of the land owners are unhappy, please come forward and we will try our best to reassure them," Ghani said as he wound up the debate on the sultan of Johor's speech in the state assembly.
"The state government has a lot of experience in this area.
"Even in Nusajaya in the early 1990s, nearly 1,214ha of land was acquired under the National Land Code for development.
Ghani said two areas had been identified for relocating the people of Pengerang.
The first was a 157ha piece of land in the Pantai Timur subdistrict, Pengerang, where 1,000 houses would be built.
Ghani said the area, earmarked for residents affected by Petronas Rapid and Dialog Group projects, would have primary and secondary schools, surau, mosques, houses of worship for non-Muslims, playgrounds, clinics, police stations and shops.
"This area is expected to be occupied by March 2013, which would be the first phase of the relocation plan."
The second phase involves a 312ha plot of land in Punggai, Pengerang, where the villagers would continue to live together, maintain the village name.
Ghani said each plot for the houses would measure 6,000sq ft, and a RM1 nominal payment would be imposed.
The state government would be building three types of houses.
"One type measures 1,000sq ft, priced at RM65,000; with another at 1,300sq ft priced at RM85,000, while a 1,600sq ft unit costs RM105,000.
"Residents may choose houses they want," Ghani said.
He also spoke about the concern of residents in the relocation of graves, and said the exercise would be done according to the religious obligations of the affected communities.
Ghani said other concerns such as the ongoing Enviornmental Impact Assessment, and new infrastructure for fishermen in Pengerang were also being looked into.