RM18.1mil Tanjung Emas Waterfront opens officially

Chuah Bee Kim

MUAR: Tanjung Emas Waterfront here is set to draw more tourists to the royal town.

Natural Resources and Environment Deputy Minister Datuk Hamim Samuri said the esplanade, hailed as a landmark attraction for tourists and locals, received an allocation of RM18.1million for its two phases of development which was completed last December.

“Besides the aesthetic aspect of the recreation park, Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar was also concerned about the environment, especially the pollution in the river caused by soil erosion at the riverbanks.

“The allocation went towards the building of the preventive structures as well as landscaping,” he said.

Tunku Panglima Johor Tunku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ibrahim declared the development open to the cheers and applause of visitors who thronged to the venue.

The waterfront is especially popular on the weekends, drawing joggers, cyclists and water sports enthusiasts.

Families are often seen converging at the city’s green lung too.

One visitor, Abdul Hamid Shamsul, 47, who often brings his family here for an outing, said it would be great if there were food kiosks set up in the vicinity.

“I would like to bring up another thing. I often see young children playing near the river unsupervised.

“I hope there will be warning signs put up to remind the public to be mindful,” he said.