CHANGE IS HERE:Area near the port will be developed into a vibrant harbour city and this includes the building of a RM1.5 billion terminal
BEYOND its busy terminals, Port Klang still remains a sleepy port town. However, this can change as there is huge potential for development near the Port Klang Cruise Centre (PKCC) in Pulau Indah, which was previously known as the Star Cruise Terminal.
The area was initially earmarked to be developed as part of a master plan to turn Port Klang into a vibrant harbour city, complete with commercial, industrial and entertainment zones.
It is easily accessible by road and with proper infrastructure, tourists could easily zoom into various attractions in the district and also other parts of the Klang Valley.
It was with this expectation, that the Bandar Armada Putra township in Pulau Indah was developed, but the place is now virtually a ghost town, after failing to attract businesses and residents.
Many of its properties have been abandoned due to lack of interest and business viability.
All these have resulted in huge losses for those who invested in the township, with most still servicing bank loans for their houses or shoplots.
However, all hope is not lost as the local authorities say this could change in the near future with some interesting developments there.
Locals are hopeful that should the proposed RM1.5 billion third terminal get off the ground soon, the township would finally wake up from its slumber.
Apart from handling the usual cargo ships, the terminal is also expected to draw in naval vessels to refuel and carry out minor repair works.
However, the icing on the cake is expected to be the cruise liners that will make Port Klang as one of their calling ports.
All these could bring in the lucrative short-haul tourists and their spending power may just rejuvenate the royal town of Klang and turn it into a vibrant commercial hub for seafarers.
The Port Klang Authority has factored in all these scenarios into its plans for over the next five years.
Its chairman Datuk Teh Kim Poo said Port Klang has a huge potential and if all its plans were realised, a world-class harbour city could come alive in about five years.
But he acknowledged that there were considerable issues to be settled before anything could be realised.
There are also Federal government regulatory approvals that need to be obtained before the third terminal can be built.
Resolving these issues will determine if Port Klang, which is the nation's premier sea gateway into the country, will be able to shed its blue collar tag and offer more as part of the nation's progress and development.