Show­cas­ing Perlis’s live­abil­ity

Great plat­form to high­light state’s progress, says MB

New Straits Times - - News -

ILI SHAZWANI

KANGAR shazwani.ih­san@nst.com.my

THIS year’s Perlis Marathon drew 12,500 run­ners from Malaysia and other coun­tries, in­clud­ing the United States, France and the United King­dom.

The num­ber of par­tic­i­pants tripled from the first time the state held the run three years ago.

The marathon was pi­o­neered by the Perlis state gov­ern­ment and jointly or­gan­ised with the North­ern Cor­ri­dor Im­ple­men­ta­tion Au­thor­ity (NCIA).

The large turnout dur­ing the event showed Perlis’s live­abil­ity, with holis­tic de­vel­op­ments that met the so­cial and eco­nomic needs of its peo­ple.

Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Azlan Man is con­fi­dent the marathon is the op­ti­mal plat­form to show­case the state’s de­vel­op­ment, progress and com­mu­nity.

”Next year, we are tar­get­ing a bigger turnout, which is in line with our ef­forts to in­crease tourist ar­rivals to the state through var­i­ous sport­ing events.”

NCIA chief ex­ec­u­tive Datuk Redza Rafiq said be­sides fa­cil­i­tat­ing and pro­mot­ing, NCIA played an ad­di­tional and bigger role in the event this time round, which is dis­sem­i­nat­ing in­for­ma­tion on its ac­tiv­i­ties and ini­tia­tives in Perlis, such as the Chup­ing Val­ley In­dus­trial Area (CVIA).

Redza said live­abil­ity was a key fac­tor that peo­ple took into ac­count when de­cid­ing on the places they wanted to live in and con­duct busi­ness.

Hence, when en­sur­ing the holis­tic de­vel­op­ment of the North­ern Cor­ri­dor Eco­nomic Re­gion (NCER), eco­nomic growth and live­abil­ity have to be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion.

This, he said, was in line with the re­cently launched NCER De­vel­op­ment Blueprint 2016-2025, also known as Blueprint 2.0, which laid out the so­cioe­co­nomic de­vel­op­ment and growth it would un­der­take to trans­form the four north­ern states, namely Perlis, Kedah, Pe­nang and Perak, into a world­class eco­nomic re­gion worth RM300 bil­lion by 2025.

He said that by cre­at­ing a live­able re­gion, NCER would be able to at­tract and re­tain the best tal­ents, draw in­vest­ments and re­main com­pet­i­tive with other ma­jor cities and re­gions in the na­tion.

Other sig­nif­i­cant projects, such as the de­vel­op­ment of the Perlis In­land Port mod­ern cargo fa­cil­ity in Chup­ing and the up­grad­ing of the KTMB Padang Be­sar Cargo Ter­mi­nal, would also be pro­moted to at­tract in­vestors and a work­force that choose to live in Perlis.

“The Perlis Marathon gath­ers many peo­ple from across the globe, and this makes it an ideal touch­point plat­form to spread the in­for­ma­tion on the de­vel­op­ment plans in Perlis, es­pe­cially CVIA, which will cre­ate 12,674 jobs with a gross na­tional in­come of RM2.6 bil­lion on com­ple­tion.

“Cities at­tract tal­ent, and a live­able re­gion ad­dresses com­mu­nity val­ues and pref­er­ences for ameni­ties, safety and a sense of place where peo­ple want to live and grow, now and in the fu­ture.

“We are con­fi­dent that once CVIA is op­er­a­tional, we shall see the spillover ef­fect in terms of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in the sur­round­ing ar­eas, which will strengthen and em­power the rakyat’s econ­omy.

“This is in line with NCIA’s agenda of ’Growth with So­cial Eq­uity’,” he said here yes­ter­day.

The event was graced by Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Si­ra­jud­din Pu­tra Ja­malul­lail , Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizud­din Pu­tra Ja­malul­lail and Raja Puan Muda of Perlis Tuanku Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil.

Con­sist­ing of four cat­e­gories — full marathon (42km), half marathon (21km), 10km and 5km — the marathon, which took place at the Tuanku Syed Pu­tra Sports Com­plex here, was held to com­mem­o­rate the Raja of Perlis’s 74th birth­day.

PIX BY AZHAR RAMLI

Par­tic­i­pants in the Perlis Marathon 2017 in Kangar yes­ter­day.

Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Si­ra­jud­din Pu­tra Ja­malul­lail pre­sent­ing a mock key to Muhammad Farhan Hakimi Mo­hamad Nor af­ter the Perlis Marathon in Kangar yes­ter­day.

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