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 activities.
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
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
"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.