08 October, 2010
Northgate Avenue mixed development project
Perak to ensure development at border area benefit local community
PENGKALAN HULU: The Perak government will ensure that projects to be developed near
the Perak-Thailand border will give priority to the interest of the local community, including providing ample
economic opportunities for them.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said the developers involved in
developing such a large economic zone would also have to meet the conditions set, including ensuring local
community participation and meeting the Bumiputera quota.
He was speaking to reporters after officiating at the ground-breaking ceremony for
the Northgate Avenue mixed development project costing RM500 million, here, on Friday, Oct 7.
Also present were Pengkalan Hulu assemblyman Tan Sri Mohd Tajol Rosli Ghazali, Gerik
member of parliament Datuk Tan Lian Hoe, Yala Province deputy governor Panu Authirut and Betong mayor Datuk Dr
Zambry said the project, only about 200 metres from the border, would include the
construction of commercial premises, sports facilities, hotels and factories. The developer is Puri Utama
Development Sdn Bhd.
He said the state government was also considering developing new economic growth
centres in other areas including near the Royal Belum State Park and Lenggong Valley, which is known for its
However, he said, the proposed development in these areas would require prior
thorough studies to ensure protection of the environment.
He added that such development would also require the cooperation of various
ministries and the United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) to ensure they would
emerge as important tourist destinations. — Bernama