Langkasuka - another proposed artificial island project in Malaysia

Mindanao Railway to partially open by 2022, another elevated park in Bangkok, and the future of Vietnam's North-South Railway.

Langkasuka in Langkawi is the latest artificial island project that has been proposed in Malaysia. So far there is the still under construction Forest City project in Johor, the since abandoned Melaka Gateway, and the still waiting for approval three-islands project in Penang.

With these three projects not instilling confidence in the building of artificial islands, should this latest man-made island be approved? Dubai has man-made islands that look like objects, and they are still mostly empty.

Langkasuka was announced in January 2021 and so far there aren’t many details about the project. As usual, I’ve created a fact sheet that compiles all the news items and links related to the project. Any future updates will be noted in this weekly newsletter.

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"Transportation Assistant Secretary Eymard Eje said the government is eyeing partial operability of the diesel-operated 102-kilometer Tagum City-Davao City-Digos City (TDD) segment of the Mindanao Railway Project by March 2022."

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“The planned construction of three luxury residential estates in vital wildlife refuge and popular tourist site Bokor National Park marks the latest update in a wider tale of loss for Cambodia’s native forests.”

“The Phnom Penh Municipal Hall and the Ministry of Environment have issued responses to questions posed by UN Special Rapporteurs regarding the development of the Boeung Tompun and Boeung Choeung Ek wetlands to the south and southwest of the capital by ING Holdings.”




“A company has pledged to spend RM2 billion to acquire close to 10,000 acres of land in Sidam Kiri near Sungai Petani to build the Kulim international airport (KXP) and other related development, it has been revealed.”




“Thailand expects investment to triple to at least 300 billion baht in the country's industrial east this year as investment projects previously held by the coronavirus outbreak get pushed forward again as the pandemic eases”.

“Buoyed by the warm public response for Bangkok's first skypark across the Chao Phraya River that opened last year, the city's administration is planning to develop a similar elevated park in Bangkok's central business district.”


“Vietnam’s North-South railway has remained much the same since it was first built 85 years ago, with the iconic line highlighting the halting nature of Vietnamese infrastructure projects as plans to modernise have gone without progress for more than a decade.”

This article includes quotes from myself.

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