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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 Khunawut Mongkonprajak.

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 archaeological artifacts.

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