Malaysia orders halt to reclamation works for Johor island
Published on Jun 24, 2014 7:03 PM
JOHOR BARU - Malaysia's Department of Environment has issued a temporary stop-work order against all coastal land reclamation works to build a man-made island in the Strait of Johor, the New Straits Times reported on Tuesday.
The stop-work order follows a decision to study in greater detail the environmental impact of the project, the newspaper reported, quoting a state government official.
"The order came about a week ago and all land reclamation works in the area have been suspended pending further studies on the environmental effects of the project," Johor State Health and Environment Committee chairman Ayub Rahmat told the newspaper.
The project, called Forest City, is being jointly developed by Chinese property developer Country Garden Holdings and a Johor government company Kumpulan Prasarana Rakyat Johor.
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