NCIA wishes for more plan­ta­tion land

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

GEORGE TOWN: The North­ern Cor­ri­dor Im­ple­men­ta­tion Au­thor­ity (NCIA) hopes to get more land for plan­ta­tion pur­poses and spe­cial tax in­cen­tives in Bud­get 2017.

CEO Datuk Redza Rafiq Ab­dul Razak said it needs more aid from the gov­ern­ment to en­hance the well­be­ing of the peo­ple in the north­ern re­gion, par­tic­u­larly the bot­tom 40% house­hold in­come group.

“Our fo­cus is to in­ten­sify ed­u­ca­tion and hu­man cap­i­tal ini­tia­tives among our youth in the North­ern Cor­ri­dor Eco­nomic Re­gion (NCER), and this calls for more tax in­cen­tives to en­cour­age com­pa­nies to par­tic­i­pate in the said ini­tia­tives,” he told Ber­nama here re­cently.

Redza Rafiq said NCIA also needs more land for padi plant­ing to con­trib­ute to the coun­try’s pro­duc­tion of the crop. He noted the need for more equip­ment and ma­chin­ery among padi planters to help them in­crease their pro­duc­tion.

NCIA also hopes the gov­ern­ment will in­tro­duce a soft land­ing pro­gramme for small and medium en­ter­prises in the re­gion to help them face the cur­rent eco­nomic chal­lenges.

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