NCIA welcomes continued support from Penang govt on future projects


THE Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) today has welcomed the Penang government to continue supporting its future projects, particularly those concerning Penang’s economic growth.


NCIA chief executive officer Mohamad Haris Kader Sultan, during his courtesy call on Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow in Komtar today, said moving forward, projects such as the Northern Corridor Highway (NCH), Northern Corridor Economic Region Technology Innovation Centre (NTIC) and others would progress well with the state showing due assistance and support.


“Both the projects, NCH and NTIC, aim to reduce road congestion, strengthen the industry ecosystem in the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) and create innovative and high value-added activities related to research, product development, and design customisation.


“For these projects to materialise and benefit the state and community, support from your office and other state executive councillors’ offices are much needed,” Haris told Chow during the courtesy visit.


Meanwhile, other topics discussed include the building of two proposed parks by Ideal Property Group on the mainland, namely a Penang Technology Park and an Integrated Industrial Park.


“We have started engaging with Ideal on our new incentive dedicated to ‘park developers’.


“It is a good incentive that has been approved by the Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP), and talks are currently ongoing with the Ministry of Finance,” Mohamad Haris added.


On this matter, Chow said as an experienced property developer, Ideal should be able to take on these two projects should they materialise in the future.


“It is always good to have friends from the private sector to collaborate with state governments to carry out such important projects for the economic growth of the country as a whole,” Chow said.


Separately, Mohamad Haris also said that human capital programmes, such as JomKerja@NCER and JomNiaga@NCER in Penang were doing well.


Story by Kevin Vimal
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