17 NCER projects have kicked off, says Amirsham
11 March 2009
KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 17 projects or 42.5% of the 40 programmes under the
Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) have taken off, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri
Amirsham A Aziz told the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.
He said the projects were progressing on schedule as planned by the Northern
Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA). Some of the programmes that have started include the upgrading of certain
roads, upgrading of the Kuala Perlis ferry terminal and a digital information centre in Taiping.
On Sime Darby Bhd's role in the NCER, Amirsham who was answering a question by Dr
Puad Zarkashi (Batu Pahat-BN), said it was to spearhead the master plan. However, Sime Darby is also involved in
other programmes through its investment in a few projects as part of its corporate social responsibility
He also said of the RM24 billion investment from the private sector in NCER for
the duration under the Ninth Malaysian Plan (9MP), Sime Darby had committed RM8 billion.
To a supplementary question by Lim Guan Eng (Bagan-DAP) on the allocation of RM1.7
billion to Iskandar Malaysia announced in the mini-budget on Tuesday but no amount was set aside for NCER, Amirsham
said the investment focus differed from corridor to corridor.
"Iskandar Malaysia's main investment focus is on real estate and tourism while
NCER's focus is to modernise agriculture. NCIA's focus in Penang is on human resources through building of
education and training institutions," he said.
Source: The Star