Muar – The state government will allocat RM300 million over 10 years to transform Muar from a “pensioners’ town” to a truly royal town.
Menteri Besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the historical town must be upgraded to a progressive town.
“The facelift includes improvements to facilities, building welcome arches and putting up signs along the streets,” he said.
“We have also beautified the landscape and upgraded the lighting system at a cost of RM5 million.
“For the long term, we launched the special area plan for Bandar Maharani Bandar Diraja,” he told reporters after launching the plan and the Muar Municipal Council headquarters project here today.
The special area plan is a plan of action for the municipal council to chart the town’s future development after Muar was declared as Bandar Maharani Bandar Diraja on Nov 24, 2012.
Mohamed Khalid said the proposals include the preservation of historic buildings, building a royal gallery and restoration the Bentayan fortress.
Other plans are to develop the banks of Sungai Muar and Persiaran Maharani, spruce up Dataran Bentayan, Malay areas and Tanjung Ketapang recreation areas.
The council’s new headquarters building is estimated to cost RM30 million, excluding the RM5 million from the state government. Bernama