January 22, 2011
Big plans to lift Perak economy
By TEE LIN SAY
IPOH: Perak will focus on agriculture and resources, tourism, renewable energy,
education. marine, shipbuilding and heavy industries sectors to boost its economy under the Economic Transformation
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said Perak's strengths were in its natural resources - minerals for mining activities,
abundance of agriculture land and biodiversity for tourism.
“Currently, most of the related economic activities are skewed towards the lower
end of the value chain, hence limiting the potential returns that Perak can reap from these resources,” Zambry
Moving forward, Perak will look into the overall value chain and identify higher
value-added activities for the local players to start venturing into.
Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir hopes the Federal Government will allow Perak to set up its own low-cost
carrier terminal in the northern part of the state.
At the same time, the tourism sector will be strengthened by improving the
existing products and forming a thematic tourism circuit.
Zambry planned to create an additional 10,000 jobs annually with more emphasis on
skilled and semi-skilled human capital.
“We understand that the bulk of the demand for the manpower in Perak will still be
on unskilled labour,” he said
During an interview with StarBizWeek, Zambry announced a few developments that
were taking shape in the state
The Perak Innovation Creative Resource Centre (Pincer) is collaborating with
Spacetoon International to launch its box office 3-D movie Mentera some time in August.
Costing some RM20mil, Pincer marks the state's foray into creative content. The
centre will not only become an animation centre, but will also be involved in merchandising.
For its joint venture with Spacetoon, it has pumped in some RM8mil for the
production of Mentera.
“We have been working together for three years. It was a long and painful exercise
to convince them to come. But now we are in the post-production stage. We believe that returns will be
forthcoming,” he said.
Zambry added that one of Perak's NKRA was for the development of information
technology, which will be carried out through animation.
“We have identified creative content as a way to stop some of the migration of
talent overseas. We are initiating more strategies to get these talent back,” he said.
Pincer is located behind the Perak Techno Trade Centre in Taman Meru, Jelapang
Zambry said initial discussions with the Federal Government for Perak to set up
its own low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) in the northern part of the state has taken place.
“We hope the Government will give it due consideration. The site is expected to
take up 4,000 acres in the vicinity of Parit Buntar and Taiping, which is in the area of the Northern Corridor
The construction will likely cost half a billion ringgit, and it will be funded by
the private sector,” he said.
Zambry, together with Perak Sultan Azlan Shah and Regent Raja
Dr Nazrin Shah have formed a team to lobby for the LCCT.
He emphasised that the LCCT was not meant to compete with Penang, but would
Zambry said in five to eight years, the LCCT could possibly handle five million
passengers a year.
This would bring about economic activity and make Taiping and Parit Buntar a new
More colleges will be set up to boost growth and investment in the
“The Premier International Medical University will be set up in Perak and will be
run privately by a group of companies. One of the companies involved is a leading firm in the education field,”
He said Perak had approved 60 acres of land to SEGI College to build a health
services campus for a university college along the Ipoh-Lumut Expressway.