Published: Sunday January 27, 2013 MYT 6:42:00 PM
Soi Lek: Johor's development will soon overtake Selangor
By FOONG PEK YEE
KLUANG: Johor is set to overtake Selangor in terms of development in the next five years, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
He said the development in Iskandar and Pengerang were the biggest contributors to the state's development.
Tourism in the state was also improving quickly, and expected to surpass that of Malacca, he said.
Dr Chua said about 50% of tourists to Malaysia passed through Johor, which was a gateway to the country.
There were major tourist projects in the pipeline as well as completed ones like Legoland to fast-track tourism development in the state, he added.
Dr Chua, however, cautioned that the positive development would come to a stop if Pakatan Rakyat's dream to make Johor its front line state came true.
“I hope the people, especially those in Johor, have realised by now how PAS-led Kelantan and Kedah have been lagging in development; from investment, new jobs to tourism.
”PAS, being the dominant party in Pakatan, is not keen on economic development, but more on imposing its religious values on non-Muslims ,” he said after opening the 64th MCA anniversary celebration here Sunday.
Dr Chua urged the Chinese voters in particular not to fall prey to DAP's gimmicks.
“The DAP boasts of sending its national figures to wrest seats in Johor.
“If they were to win, they will leave the voters, and at best, will only have an assistant to represent them,” Dr Chua said.
He noted that Malaysia was still a developing country, and elected representatives had to always be on the ground to help the people.