The Selangor government plans to place a state executive councillor on the board of directors of the Port Klang Authority (PKA) to monitor developments in the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) issue.
Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said the state government had the right to do so as one seat in the PKA board was allocated to a state government representative.
“The State EPU (Economic Planning Unit) director Datuk Noordin Sulaiman previously occupied the seat but his term expired two months ago. So, we will appoint an executive council (exco) member to the board.
“This is for us to know about the developments in the PKFZ as well as the problems and overall development in Port Klang,” he told reporters after officiating at a programme to improve Tamil school education in Selangor, here, today.
Khalid said the state government supported the establishment of the PKFZ as it could enhance international trade in the state.
He said besides that, it would also encourage the setting up of more tax-free industrial plants, hence providing more employment opportunities.
“It will also spur the development of certain industries such as the halal food industry in the area,” he added.
Asked whether the state government planned to take over the management of the PKFZ following the controversy over the implementation of the project, Abdul Khalid said: “The state government can take over provided the federal government can write off the excess development cost.”
The PKFZ which belongs to PKA and is built next to Westports in Pulau Indah, Port Klang, is meant to be a regional export hub with manufacturing activities complemented by amenities to facilitate the growth of regional distribution centres or international procurement centres.
The federal government had ordered a full investigation into the PKFZ controversy, in which the original projected cost of RM1.85 billion ballooned to RM4.6 billion amid allegations of irregularities, while the occupancy rate is low, making the integrated zone a white elephant.
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