Perak became the first state to advocate the State-Wide Transformation Approach (S.W.A.T.) programme, in line with the Government Transformation Programme.
Taking some three and a half months to prepare, with the assistance of the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) and the Prime Minister’s Department, it was launched by Chief Minister Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir at the State Secretariat Building recently.
Another first achieved by the state is successfully coming out with a Strategic Organisation Plan for all local authorities, district and land offices and the Perak state secretariat office. The plan complements the Risk Management Plan formulated by the state secretariat office.
Perak is also first in developing a Business Continuity Management (BCM) plan based on a format by MAMPU.
At the launching ceremony, 25 heads of departments and government agencies received the S.W.A.T. documentation, which incorporated the four plans: Strategic Plan, Strategic ICT Plan, Risk Management Plan and Business Continuity Management Plan. They are to implement these plans for a smoother and hasslefree delivery system.
InvestPerak, the Investment arm of the state government organised a business luncheon at Tower Regency Ipoh recently to welcome delegates of the SME Inter-Industry Association of Taiwan. Present at the event were Director of SME Corporation Perak, Mohd Faiz Mohd Yunus and Perak Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA) Director, Nor’Aini Mat Talha. InvestPerak, whose task is to provide information and advisory services to current and potential investors in Perak, normally works with federal agencies only. This, however, was an exception.
During the luncheon, a video show on business opportunities in Perak was shown. Dr Wu Chin Pao, head of the delegation, said that the people in Perak are very warm. He was pleasantly surprised that many could converse in Chinese. He said that Taiwan is very interested in collaborating with Perak and is looking for investment opportunities.
Aquaculture has the potential to attract Taiwanese investors, especially in the farming of grouper. According to CEO of InvestPerak, Dato’ Ir. Muhd Hafni Ibrahim, the Perak Menteri Besar is keen in looking into this area.
The International Small and Medium Enterprise Symposium, comprising of Taiwan, South Korea and Japan, will be held in Japan in October. Dr Wu felt that Malaysia should be invited to participate in the symposium. If Taiwan were to invest, Wu hoped the government would provide land and incentives to enhance the collaboration.