Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said the national petroleum company would start work by the middle of next year.
Launching the Ledang Malay Contractors Association cooperative, he said the resettlement project involved residents from eight villages.
“The state has been directed to manage the resettlement programme and needs to do it fast. This is a major challenge to resettle 2,000 families,” he said.
Abdul Ghani said Johor contractors in Ledang could take part in the resettlement project as well as the construction sector of the gas and petroleum projects.
He said both projects required specialised skills, while the gas and petroleum projects needed people with expertise in the construction of refineries, storage and maintenance.
Abdul Ghani added that Johor planned to build some 121 religious schools to cater to the increasing population, especially among young families, in the next two years.
He said each school would cost about RM2mil but the state could only allocate about RM14mil to RM15mil a year, enough to build seven schools each year.
He said the state government had engaged a company which would build all 121 schools in two years, with payment to be completed within 15 years.
“If we were to build the schools, it will take about 20 years,” he said.
SOURCE: THE STAR, APRIL 22, 2012