The multiple islands located in Johor will be reclassified and developed according to each’s unique and abundant natural resources, revealed Mersing District Officer, Adib Azhari.
He said the move was to ensure that each island can be developed accordingly to prevent environmental degradation of the islands as tourist attractions.
Adib added that the divisions of the islands in the zone is one of the initiatives under the Special Area Plan for the Island of Mersing.
“For example, Pulau Besar will be the information centre and as a family resort, Pulau Pemanggil is a fishing zone, Pulau Aur as a scuba diving zone and Sibu as a high-impact tourism centre.”
“With the division of the islands in the zone, it allows us to design and oversee the construction on each island and to preserve and conserve the natural environment found in the area,” he said.
According to him, the Writers Association of Tourism Malaysia (TRAM) will conduct research and further studies to work out a blueprint by the end of the year. Tourism players and the public can contribute their ideas starting on the 21st of this month.
“It will become a reference how these islands to be divided into zones and developed according to the unique and rich natural environment found on the island,” he said.