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.

Latest Posts at Living In Asia

Langkasuka – A proposed artificial islands project in Langkawi

Updated Posts

Philippines

DOTr eyes partial operation of MindaRail by March 2022

"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."

Other News

Southeast Asia

As Southeast Asia puts its electric vehicle revolution in gear, are Musk & Co all hype?

Southeast Asia’s air conditioning is burning up the earth

Excluding China, the Asia Pacific construction pipeline stands at 1,732 projects/368,820 rooms at year-end

Cambodia

‘A disgrace’: Luxury housing plans threaten Cambodia’s Bokor National Park

“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.”

UNESCO statement on a reported construction project near the World Heritage site of Angkor in Cambodia

Lake project’s impact ‘minimal’

“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.”

Dara Sakor International Airport ‘to open mid-2021’

Indonesia

Jakarta floods again as governor dithers

Laos

China-Laos railway may be ‘badly needed good news’ for Beijing. And the region?

Laos tipped to be the ‘next Cambodia’ as relaxed rules for foreign homebuyers can make it a property investment hotspot

Malaysia

Company to inject RM2bil to acquire land for Kulim airport project

“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.”

Two major Penang landmarks listed as national heritage sites

Philippines

P741 billion to be spent for Luzon, Mindanao railway projects from 2021 to 2025 - DOTr

Build, build, build, whether it’s needed or not

Quezon City: making waste management a rewarding investment

Singapore

China company bags contract on $2.4B Singapore-Malaysia transit system project

Haze returns to Singapore as Mekong region burns: NEA

Thailand

At least B300bn in investment in industrial east seen this year

“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”.

BMA to give Green Bridge a revamp

“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.”

This Sathorn resident is documenting Bangkok’s disappearing low-rise apartments

Vietnam

Vietnam’s aviation industry among fastest growing markets: Boeing

In decline, what’s the future for Vietnam’s historic North-South railway?

“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.