MERSING: Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar on Sunday pointed out that it was a waste and made no sense to have built an RM8mil primary school on Aur Island that had an enrolment of only 10 pupils.
He suggested that the pupils of the school, which had eight teachers, be transferred to a school in this town and they be provided with hostel facilities.
This would help the government save cost, he said adding that he was prepared to provide scholarships to the pupils if necessary.
Sultan Ibrahim signing a plaque at the launching of the Mersing District Council
The sultan said this when opening the new building of the Mersing District Council in Jalan Ismail here.
The council office at the building, which replaced the old one in Jalan Ibrahim, went into operation last May.
Present were Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin and Deputy Urban Well-being, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique.
Sultan Ibrahim also expressed unhappiness over Mersing's cleanliness and the eroding culture of hygiene among the people.
He said Mersing, which was established in 1892, was his playground as a child and he had seen the district undergo much change.
"In Gunung Arong, uncontrolled logging has taken place and illegal gold miners have trespassed and damaged the forest reserves.
"I have ordered an immediate stop to the logging and an investigation be conducted on the matter," he said.He also spoke about the Sultan Iskandar Marine Park and suggested that volunteer rangers be appointed from among the fishermen and islanders to look out for any undesirable activity in their areas.
The government could equip them with boat engines and fuel to help them undertake the task, he said.
Sultan Ibrahim said the government should make available suitable facilities to enhance tourism in Mersing, such as efficient transportation like a mini bus service linking Mersing town to the tourist attractions around it.
"I believe that with the integrated effort of the government and the local people, Mersing will one day grow into a major tourism destination in the country and the world," he said. - Bernama
The STAR Home News Nation 16/02/2014