Second Finance Minister Dato’ Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah dropped by the Ipoh City Council recently. He visited the environmental, health, town planning and engineering departments to “see things” for himself. This was in conjunction with his executive talk to officers of the Council which followed soon after.
Husni was glad to note the progress of the Ipoh City Council thus far. He praised the Council for the prompt completion of the Perak Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) in downtown Ipoh. The deadline given was seven weeks but it was completed in six.
MBI is now the second largest city council in terms of development planning applications from investors, after DBKL. It has replaced Penang from the number two spot.
“Thus, Ipoh has the potential to be even more developed and vibrant,” said Husni to reporters.
Ipohites will be glad to know that the Urban Transformation Centre or UTC Perak, to be located at the former premises which housed Super Kinta, will be operational by December this year.
UTC Perak, when ready, will house 53 state and federal government offices all under one roof and will be a one-stop centre for Ipoh residents. The location also houses the central wet market and locating UTC here will be a value adder for residents who will now be able to settle their bills and do their food marketing all at one location, thus spurring economic activity in the nearby vicinity.
The good news was announced by Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadziah recently during a visit to the future site. Accompanying him on the site visit was the Treasury Secretary General to the Ministry of Finance, Datuk Dr Irwan Serigar Abdullah and Ipoh Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim.
According to Husni, the current UTC centres in the country were set up at existing buildings and hence do not require extensive renovations. Similarly work on UTC Perak, which has an area of 127,000 sq ft, will start immediately and is schedule to be operational by December. UTC Perak will be the third centre in the country after Melaka and Kuala Lumpur.