KOTA BHARU, 16 MAY 2024: The East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) has completed upgrading works at the Pulau Suri floating market in Tumpat, to boost the tourism sector in Kelantan. Pulau Suri, or locally best known as Kampung Pulau Suri, is a traditional fishing village in the district of Tumpat, Kelantan. The Pulau Suri floating market is among the earliest Malaysian floating market that offers a unique experience to the visitors.

Kelantan Menteri Besar, YAB Dato’ Panglima Perang Ustaz Dato’ Haji Mohd Nassuruddin bin Haji Daud who led the ICC Kelantan meeting, expressed gratitude for ECERDC’s dedication in facilitating and improving the infrastructure at Pulau Suri floating market which will enhance its attractiveness as a unique tourism destination. The completion is also a timely boost to Kelantan’s tourism offerings for the Visit Kelantan Year (TMK) 2024.

“ECERDC’s development initiatives, particularly in creating destinations in the tourism sector is in line with the state government’s plan to make Kelantan an attractive tourism destination. The state government of Kelantan is confident that TMK 2024, with its theme of family, food, and festival, will attract over 10 million tourists to the state,” said YAB Dato’ Panglima Perang Ustaz Dato’ Haji Mohd Nassuruddin Bin Haji Daud, Kelantan Menteri Besar.

Also present at the meeting were ICC Kelantan members, YB Dato’ Kaya Setia Dato’ Haji Nazran bin Muhammad, Kelantan Government Secretary, YBhg. Dato’ Rosnazli bin Haji Amin, Director of Kelantan State of Lands & Mines, YBrs. Encik Mohamad Nazwan bin Ismail, Director of Kelantan State Economic Planning Unit, YBrs. Puan Mazillah Azleen bt Mat Nor, Acting Director of PLANMalaysia@Kelantan and YBhg. Dato’ Baidzawi Che Mat, Chief Executive Officer of ECERDC.

The recent expansion of the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport (LTSIP) which started operation on 1 May 2024, enabling international flights to Kota Bharu, will definitely support the tourism initiatives and thereby enhance Kelantan’s economy by both attracting tourists and investors to the state. Further upgrading work at LTSIP is expected to be fully completed by 2027.

During the ICC Kelantan meeting, the state government anticipates that infrastructure network development projects, including the construction of the Central Spine Road (CSR), the Kota Bharu – Kuala Krai Highway, which will be crucial in attracting future investments to the state.

“ECERDC’s holistic approach in driving economic growth in Kelantan is exemplified by tourism development which is done in tandem with investment attraction. By leveraging the allure of Kelantan’s cultural heritage and natural beauty, ECERDC aims to support a sustainable tourism ecosystem that not only enriches the lives of local communities but also generates long-term economic prosperity for the state,” said YBhg. Dato’ Baidzawi Che Mat, Chief Executive Officer of ECERDC after leading a working visit to Pulau Suri floating market, post ICC Kelantan meeting.

Members of ICC Kelantan were also given updates on the ongoing construction of the planned Palekbang-Kota Bharu Bridge in Tumpat, Kelantan. Once completed in 2026, the bridge that connects Kota Bharu to Tumpat will help in alleviating traffic congestion and act as a catalyst for investment as well as the socio-economic growth of the local communities. Other ongoing ECERDC initiatives that were presented at the meeting includes the development of Tok Bali Industrial Park, the proposed dairy valley project in Kelantan and the progress of ECER Master Plan 3.0.



ECER, which covers the states of Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and the districts of Mersing and Segamat in Johor, is a rapidly transforming region that is steadily positioning itself as a distinctive, dynamic, and competitive destination for investments.

The East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) is a statutory body established to spearhead the execution and implementation of the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) Master Plan. ECERDC plays a lead role in setting the directions, policies and strategies for the socio-economic development of ECER by promoting and facilitating
investments into the Region. Established on 13 June 2008, ECERDC celebrated its 15th Anniversary in 2023.

Geographically, it covers a total area of over 69,000 sq km or 52% of Peninsular Malaysia. Itis home to some 5 million people, or about 15% of the total national population. The economic growth in the Region is driven by six key economic clusters, namely Tourism, Oil, Gas & Petrochemical, Manufacturing, Agribusiness, Human Capital and Entrepreneurship Development as well as Logistics and Services. These clusters are supported by developments in Transportation, Infrastructure, Property and Environment to make the Regionan ideal destination for business, investments, and quality living.

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