Johor: The Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark scheduled to open end June in Johor, Malaysia and another major project on the anvil as Malaysia’s new government looks toward benefiting the people “first and foremost”.
An integrated resort built on a tropical beachfront, boasting a famed Hard Rock Hotel, an adventure water park and a world’s largest attraction might replace tourist destination away from the water resort in Singapore.
Malaysia’s upcoming RM4.5 billion (USD$1.13 billion) Desaru Coast project in Johor represents a shot in the arms of the success of Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore.
“We don’t want to be a backyard to Singapore … For us to catch the ‘lion’, we must upgrade our tourism sector with new attractions,” Johor’s then chief minister Khaled Nordin said as he declared government’s commitment to developing three projects worth nearly RM8 billion in total: Desaru Coast; an eco-entertainment park in Kota Tinggi at RM2.7 billion; and Nusajaya’s Sci-Fi Universe, “the world’s first science-fiction theme park”, at RM400 million.
And with the new federal government prioritising a reduction of national debt, ranking state councillors and analysts alike are already singing a different tune about Johor - one that shies away from large ventures spanning China-backed housing developments like Forest City to ambitious tourism destinations such as Desaru Coast.