'Dubai of Malaysia' project in Kedah halted by environment authorities

ALOR SETAR (The Star/Asia News Network) - Aman Laut, a RM1.2 billion mixed development project in Kedah dubbed the "Dubai of Malaysia", has been issued with an immediate stop work order.

The order was issued by the Department of Environment (DOE) through a notice dated May 15, confirmed DOE director-general Ahmad Kamarulnajib Che Ibrahim on Sunday (May 28).

"The move is in accordance with Section 34AA (2) of the Malaysian Quality Environmental Act 1974 (Amendment) 2012 that no work can be carried out prior to the approval of the department," he said.

"Once it has been approved, only then should construction work be carried out."

The project, which comprises high-end bungalows, chic condominiums, malls and high-end eateries, was meant to transform the state, including the Kuala Kedah fishing town.

However fishermen have protested against the project, saying it has jeopardised their income.