By Zaki Salleh
Photo Pejabat Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri
IPOH: Perak is on a strong track when it recorded a total of 294 approved investment projects in 2022 involving an investment of RM6.6 billion.
Of that amount, RM2.28 billion involved Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) which offered 7,682 job opportunities.
Menteri Besar of Perak, Dato’ Seri Saarani Mohamad said that investment in the state saw very encouraging prospects.
He said, in the second quarter of 2023, Perak will be among the top four states that will attract most of the approved investment, which is RM7.1 billion.
This is an increase of 550 percent compared to RM1.3 billion in the same period last year.
“Within a year, Perak received many high impact investments including the Automotive High Technology Valley (AHTV) project worth RM32 billion in Tanjung Malim.
“Also accepted is the construction of the XP Power electronic factory in Seri Iskandar (RM300 million) and the construction of a mineral processing plant in Silver Valley Technology Park (RM100 million).
“Perak is improving broadband infrastructure, including speeding up the Jalinan Digital Negara (JENDELA) in addition to having built 71 Pusat Ekonomi Digital (PEDi) throughout the state of Perak to provide collective internet access to rural residents,” he said.
That was one of the matters presented by the Menteri Besar while celebrating the success of one year of Prosperous Perak 2030 at the Ipoh Convention Center yesterday.
Saarani presented the one-year implementation progress of the Perak Sejahtera 2030 development plan in front of more than 2,000 people in attendance.
Commenting further, he said, Perak was not lagging behind in implementing government digitization by introducing several systems and applications.
Among them are MyPatil which is Digital Business Premises, One Stop Center 3.0 Plus Online (OSC 3.0 Plus) and Park@Perak which is used by the Local Authority (PBT) as an additional alternative to paying for vehicle parking using coupons.