MELAKA (Jan 3): Melaka chief minister Adly Zahari has reiterated that the Melaka Gateway project will go on after ascertaining that it will be under the supervision of a local company and will benefit the people, especially in terms of job opportunities.
He said the state government is advocating the principle of non-interference in foreign direct investment (FDI) projects as long as they are overseen by local companies and provide various economic opportunities to the people.
“The state government adopts an open policy and has no problems with China’s investments, but the business models should be well managed for the benefit of the people,” he told reporters after examining tourism products in Melaka City here yesterday.
He said the state is giving them the opportunities to continue with their investments with Power China.
“On this foreign investment, the project is still running. At present, they are scrutinising the port and ferry terminal issues.
For FDI, our stand is clear, the investment can come to our industrial area,” he said when commenting on former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s criticism of the state government’s decision to continue the project.
In a Facebook posting yesterday, Najib said it was weird for Adly to concede that the project was very important for the state development.
He said it was strange that the project, which was labelled as a “foreign sell-out” when it was initiated during his premiership, was now hailed as “bringing back the golden age of the Melaka Sultanate” without making any changes to the original project scope or shareholding.