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26 February, 2010

Perak Confident Of EPU Nod For Proposed 10MP Projects

TAIPING, Feb 26 (Bernama) -- Perak is confident the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) of the Prime Minister's Department will endorse the projects it has proposed for inclusion in the 10th Malaysia Plan, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said Friday.

He said the confidence was based on the positive response of the EPU to the state government's emphasis on people-oriented projects.

"The reaction (from the EPU) is positive because it realised that our approach is in line with the government's aspiration to put the people first," he said after attending the state-level Maulidur Rasul (Prophet Muhammad's birthday celebration) launched by the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, at the Taiping Municipal Square, here.

Dr Zambry, however, declined to disclose the total financial allocation Perak was anticipating to implement the 131 projects it had proposed to the EPU on Thursday.

He said the projects would have high impact on the people even if they were small.

"These projects were proposed by the elected representatives for their constituents. They may be on a small scale but will have a big impact on the people," he said.

The projects included the expansion of the runway and upgrading of facilities at the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport in Ipoh, road networks and upgrading of hospitals state-wide.

The state government had also received the federal government's approval to create a new tourist attraction at Bukit Larut with a cable-car project, he said.

-- BERNAMA