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October 8, 2010

20,000 jobs to be created in next 10 years in NCER

GEORGE TOWN: More than 20,000 jobs and 232 business opportunities in various sectors are expected to be created in the next 10 years under the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) programme.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk SK Devamany said the government had made the forecast based on the inflow of new investments, government support and the Economic Transformation Programme to turn Malaysia into a high-income nation by 2020.

"Each sector has a different approach. In the manufacturing sector, for instance, Advanced Micro Devices Export Sdn Bhd (AMD) which collaborates with the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) will develop a microprocessor testing facility in Penang and this will attract more foreign investments here.

"At the same time, AMD will further develop the semi-conductor industry and provide about 500 jobs in the technical and engineering fields," he told reporters after a working visit to AMD in Bayan Lepas, near here, Friday.

Also present were NCIA chief executive Datuk Redza Rafiq, Public-Private Sector Cooperation Unit (Ukas) deputy director-general Ahmad Husni Hussain and AMD vice-president and managing director Datuk Dr Mohd Sofi Osman.

Among the new investments in the NCER are in aquaculture projects in Langkawi, the aquaculture product processing factory in Sungai Kerang, Perak and Pauh industrial zone development programme in Perlis.

"For the aquaculture programmes, we will move away from traditional methods to one that uses technology, making the operations easier and faster, besides using less manpower, hence reducing costs," said Devamany.

"For tourism, we will introduce new products such as sports tourism in Langkawi and Penang, while for health tourism, we will be making some improvisations," he added.

 - Bernama