Ev­ery­one in Perlis is a stake­holder in state’s fu­ture

New Straits Times - - Opinion - The writer is Kedah NST’s bureau chief

He said mega projects such as the Chup­ing Val­ley In­dus­trial Area, Perlis In­land Port and the up­grad­ing of Padang Be­sar train ter­mi­nal spear­headed by NCIA, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the state gov­ern­ment, were aimed at ac­cel­er­at­ing Perlis’s eco­nomic growth.

To en­sure the projects’ suc­cess, he said, it was cru­cial for the Perlis gov­ern­ment to build in­fra­struc­ture within the ra­dius of the mega projects such as pub­lic ameni­ties, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing high-speed broad­band, and new set­tle­ment ar­eas for workforce in the new growth ar­eas.

He said the lo­cals should make the best of the projects to em­power hu­man cap­i­tal and add value to prod­ucts and ser­vices in Perlis such as Beli­aKU Mahir, value chain and down­stream de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes and en­trepreneurs’ ca­pac­ity build­ing schemes through MCash and Dana Mu­dah­cara.

Ex­press­ing his grat­i­tude for the in­puts and ideas, Azlan spoke of his wish to make the Perlis 2018 Bud­get in­clu­sive, re­flect­ing the as­pi­ra­tions of the peo­ple and stake­hold­ers.

“The era of gov­ern­ment knows best is over.

“We need to con­sult the peo­ple to get in­put on their ex­pec­ta­tions and in­ter­ests for fu­ture de­vel­op­ment in Perlis,” he said at the end of the ses­sion, making it clear that such di­a­logues would be con­tin­ued.

Azlan said the project to de­velop Kuala Perlis to woo tourists tran­sit­ing to Langkawi was in line with the as­pi­ra­tion of the peo­ple to put Perlis on the na­tional tourism map.

He also pledged to help youths to equip them­selves with knowl­edge and skills to reap the ben­e­fits of Perlis’s trans­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing nur­tur­ing them to be­come in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy-savvy.

Azlan hit the right note by hold­ing on to the prin­ci­ple that ev­ery­one in Perlis is the stake­holder of the state’s fu­ture, with the state gov­ern­ment play­ing the role of fa­cil­i­ta­tor.

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