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Exco to hear Kamunting Plan

BY SYLVIA LOOI - 4 SEPTEMBER 2014

IPOH: THE Greater Kamunting Transformation master plan, which outlines a comprehensive development for the Perak northern corridor, will be tabled at the state executive council meeting this month.

State Industry, Investment and Corridor Development Committee chairman Datuk Mohamad Zahir Abdul Khalid said the master plan would be submitted to the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) council, chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, after getting the state exco’s approval.

Greater Kamunting is a plan which began last year and will continue until 2030, with a projected investment of RM18 billion. A total of 90,000 jobs will be created once it fully takes off.

Speaking after chairing the Greater Kamunting steering committee meeting here, Zahir said the master plan was expected to have huge impact on the state’s economy encompassing Taiping, Bukit Gantang and Larut.

“The focus is on developing and strengthening agriculture and industrial sectors, including services like construction, tourism and education.”

Present were NCIA chief executive
officer Datuk Redza Rafiq and Taiping Municipal Council president Datuk Abd Rahim Md Ariff.

Zahir said Greater Kamunting’s features were inclusive, sustainable and high income as envisioned by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir in developing Perak.

He said the development of Greater Kamunting was unique as part of the initiative was available locally.

“For example, in tourism, Taiping is a ready resource and we need only to make it more attractive.

“If its standard has reached national level, we want to take it to international standards to attract quality tourists and increase the income of residents, the state and the country.”

However, on industry, Zahir said the Kamunting Industrial Area had reached saturation stage.

“We hope to increase industries which are capital-orientated under the 11th Malaysia Plan.”

Redza said Greater Kamunting was one of six strategic studies being undertaken by NCIA.

“The Greater Kamunting Transformation master plan will serve as a guide for us to move forward. …We will have more economic activities that are more compact,” he said.

- NST