Month-long event fo­cuses on in­fra­struc­ture and other de­vel­op­ment pro­jects

New Straits Times - - News / Nation - HASHINI KAVISHTRI KANNAN PU­TRA­JAYA

THE Expo Ne­garaku 2017 ex­hi­bi­tion to be held at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, from Nov 15 to Dec 15, show­cases the gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to de­velop state-of-the-art in­fra­struc­ture and carry out de­vel­op­ment pro­jects for the peo­ple.

Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Seri Ab­dul Rah­man Dahlan said the ex­hi­bi­tion was aimed at let­ting the peo­ple know about the gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to pro­vide a bet­ter life­style for Malaysians.

“Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak has en­vi­sioned for the mega-scale ex­hi­bi­tion to be car­ried out and to act as a plat­form to dis­play the gov­ern­ment’s suc­cess in pro­vid­ing in­fra­struc­ture, fa­cil­i­ties and op­por­tu­ni­ties for the peo­ple, as well as fu­ture de­vel­op­ment pro­jects,” he said in a speech, which was read by Eco­nomic Plan­ning Unit (EPU) di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Nik Az­man Nik Ab­dul Ma­jid.

Or­gan­ised by the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment, the ex­hi­bi­tion will be open from 10am to 10pm and en­try is free of charge.

There will be ac­tiv­i­ties pre­pared for the crowd, which in­clude con­certs, futsal and go kart com­pe­ti­tions.

Rah­man said the ex­hi­bi­tion would be di­vided into five domes to rep­re­sent the prin­ci­ples of Rukun Ne­gara.

“The first dome will con­sist of a theatre to dis­play videos on the de­vel­op­ment of in­fra­struc­ture in Malaysia and how it has helped the peo­ple.

“The sec­ond dome will treat the pub­lic to a vis­ual and elec­tronic sim­u­la­tion of the in­fra­struc­ture and fa­cil­i­ties in the coun­try.

“The third dome will fea­ture suc­cess­ful pro­grammes by the gov­ern­ment to re­duce the cost of liv­ing, pro­vide job op­por­tu­ni­ties and qual­ity life­style, while the fourth will fea­ture an in­ter­ac­tive video on the gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment.

“The fifth and fi­nal dome will fea­ture an in­ter­ac­tive video on fu­ture de­vel­op­ments and fa­cil­i­ties,” he said.

Dataran Merdeka was cho­sen for its strate­gic lo­ca­tion, which is easily ac­ces­si­ble by pub­lic trans­port.

To date, Rah­man noted, Na­jib had in­tro­duced mega-in­fra­struc­tures such as the Pan-Bor­neo Highway project, Kuala LumpurSin­ga­pore High Speed Rail, East Coast Rail Link and Mass Rapid Tran­sit, to im­prove the qual­ity and stan­dard of liv­ing of Malaysians.

“The ex­hi­bi­tion will fea­ture th­ese mega pro­jects to show the gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion to de­velop the coun­try,” Rah­man said.

He said EPU would col­lab­o­rate with the Trans­port Min­istry, Ur­ban Well­be­ing, Hous­ing and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­istry, lo­cal coun­cils, Telekom Malaysia and the Na­tional Film De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion to put to­gether a great ex­hi­bi­tion.

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