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More Jobs in Kamunting and Taiping

Taiping Umno chairman Datuk Ahmad Shalimin Ahmad Shaffie presenting a Yayasan Bina Upaya food box to a recipient in Kamunting. With him are Mohammad Zahir (left) and Redza (second from right).

THE Greater Kamunting Conurbation (GKC), an initiative under the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) will provide 90,263 job opportunities by 2030.

Perak industry, investment and corridor development committee chairman Datuk Mohammad Zahir Abdul Khalid said there were 66 initiatives under GKC and all these would present job opportunities for the locals in Kamunting or Taiping.

“Rapid Bus services, the development of Taiping as a Heritage Town, upgrading of the Taiping Zoo and Night Safari as well as the Kamunting and Kamunting Raya industrial areas are just some of the initiatives.

“The spillover effect will open up more business opportunities in logistics, hospitality, food and beverages, and tourism,” he said, adding that the development area was about 50km that included Pondok Tanjung and Trong.

Mohammad Zahir said the GKC would benefit people in Kamunting and Taiping.

“The Taiping Zoo has received over 600,000 visitors and RM6mil in ticket sales last year.

“There has been a significant increase in hotel rooms from 2010 to 2017 while business licenses applications have increased by 47%, which also means an increase in job opportunities from 2010 to 2016,” he said during the “Program Jelajah Utaraku Blueprint 2.0” roadshow in Kamunting.

“The Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) ensures that social development is given priority, by helping to set up projects like Career Path Discovery Programme in Kamunting, Career Club at SMK King Edward VII, Taiping and upgrading of homes, mosques and schools,” he added.

NCIA chief executive Datuk Redza Rafiq said the roadshow was meant to disseminate information about the newly launched Northern Corridor Economic Corridor (NCER) 2016 – 2025 Blueprint 2.0.

“It is to tell the local community, including its Village Development and Security Committee and youth leaders about the blueprint.

“This exposure will benefit the local community, whereby it would spur more development in the respective areas,” he said.

During the roadshow, Mohammad Zahir presented Yayasan Bina Upaya food boxes to 120 recipients and schooling items to 100 pupils.


The Star, 18-Jan-2018 by Ivan Loh