On Wednesday 3 April, the government
tabled bills intended to grant tax-free status to Pangkor.
One of those bills, an amendment to the Customs
Act, defines "Pangkor" as including Pangkor Island and Mentagor Island, plus 4 other named islands and two named rocks.
That's significant because of the two marinas
in the area:
1. Pangkor Marina, an operating marina with a couple hundred wet berths, a 45 tonne SeaLift, and a boat-yard, all on reclaimed land linked to the mainland by a causeway; and
2. an unnamed marina that has (as far as I know) never been operated or even formally used since it was built on Mentagor Island 10 years ago.
If the tax-free status is granted (and were someone to operate and maintain the marina on Mentagor) that would create marinas
free of import
duties, rivalling the marinas on Langkawi.
In my judgment, Pangkor should prove more interesting for foreign cruisers than Langkawi. Langkawi of course does have the advantages of being v close to Thailand
and to Penang. Pangkor is between Kuala Lumpur and Penang, is close to the Dinding River (deep and navigable) and the Malaysian navy
base at Lumut, and not far from Ipoh, the state capital of Perak and quite a focus for those keen on good food
For the news on the bills intended to grant tax-free status, see this news story: https://themalaysianreserve.com/2019...y-free-tabled/
On the never-operated marina on Mentagor, see: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nati...ended-in-2009/
For information on the Pangkor Marina, sited on the reclaimed Marina Island alongside a tourist resort, see: https://www.the-aba.com/clubs-and-ma...andmarin&id=10