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were in­vited to share their views and ideas to shape the state’s 2018 Bud­get. It meant shar­ing the plat­form with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the fed­eral and state agen­cies, in­dus­try play­ers, non-govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions and other stake­hold­ers.

Their en­thu­si­asm was ev­i­dent as they took turns to voice their view­points di­rectly to Azlan, seated in the mid­dle of the stage, ac­com­pa­nied by state sec­re­tary Ah­mad Zamri Khairuddin and state fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer Nasarud­din Ab­dul Mut­talib.

Azlan paid care­ful at­ten­tion to the points raised by the speak­ers and jot­ted down notes.

The speak­ers spoke on is­sues close to their heart and wish list — what should be pri­ori­tised by the Barisan Na­sional gov­ern­ment in craft­ing the next state bud­get.

They wanted in­fra­struc­ture projects for vil­lages and a high­speed In­ter­net con­nec­tion for the com­mu­nity to keep up with the dig­i­tal world.

Apart from in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion, they urged the state gov­ern­ment to de­velop Kuala Perlis into a tourism des­ti­na­tion and re­store Gua Ke­lam as a state tourism at­trac­tion.

There was a sense of re­lief among the par­tic­i­pants at the end of the ses­sion, hav­ing ex­pressed their as­pi­ra­tions to the men­teri be­sar.

North­ern Cor­ri­dor Im­ple­men­ta­tion Au­thor­ity (NCIA) chief ex­ec­u­tive Datuk Redza Rafiq, who was present, said it was para­mount for the peo­ple in Perlis to work to­gether to take ad­van­tage of jobs and busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties that would be cre­ated through key initiatives rolled out by the fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments.

Com­mend­ing Azlan’s ad­min­is­tra­tion for or­gan­is­ing the di­a­logue, Redza said the 2018 Bud­get would be a turn­ing point for Perlis gov­ern­ment in craft­ing a plan to move in line with largescale projects rolled out by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment un­der the 11th Malaysia Plan.

Datuk Seri Azlan Man has been lauded for en­gag­ing com­mu­nity lead­ers on Perlis’s 2018 Bud­get

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