NCIA and Perak government to upgrade and redesign tourist attractions
PETALING JAYA (June 14): The Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA), in anticipation of an increase in tourist arrivals as Malaysia enters the endemic phase of Covid-19, will work with the Government of Perak State to modernize and redevelop several tourist sites. related infrastructure development projects.
In a statement, Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad said, “The Perak State Government, in collaboration with the NCIA, is focusing on revitalizing the tourism sector as it contributes to the economy of the state. and job creation in line with Malaysia’s National Recovery Plan. We salute the various high-impact projects and initiatives introduced by the NCIA that will ensure the sustainability of Perak’s economic growth. »
The redevelopment of the Pulau Pangkor jetty complex, the Lata Kinjang ecotourism project and the Ipoh heritage tourism project, which involves several iconic tourist sites, are expected to further increase tourist spending in Perak.
As part of Phase 1 of the Ipoh Heritage Tourism Project, the NCIA and Ipoh City Council (MBI) have upgraded basic amenities at Kinta Riverwalk, while Ipoh Padang now offers a sound and light for the pleasure of families.
Phase 2 will also see the modernization of the Ipoh City Hall building which will be converted into a performing arts center, while the old post office building will be converted into a digital art gallery, the construction works to start by the end of 2022.
To ensure equitable development throughout the state, the NCIA also worked with the Jabatan Kemajuan Orang Asli (JAKOA) to establish the Koperasi Orang Asli Lata Kinjang (KOALK). KOALK will be the main operator of Taman Eko Rimba Lata Kinjang, an ecotourism park comprising various ecotourism attractions, such as waterfalls, campsites, picnic facilities and other basic infrastructure which is currently undergoing development works. modernization of infrastructure.
Scheduled to open to the public later this year, the pioneering socio-economic development project aims to alleviate poverty within the Orang Asli community by bringing economic activity to their community.
The development of the Pangkor Island passenger and cargo terminal complex is another key project to further fuel the revival of Perak’s tourism industry. Already experiencing a marked increase in tourist arrivals, the project is currently undergoing a thorough technical feasibility study to ensure that it meets its objectives of contributing to the development of Perak’s tourism industry.
NCIA Director General Mohamad Haris Kader Sultan said, “Together with the Perak State Government, the NCIA is conducting various simulations aimed at redeveloping the Pulau Pangkor jetty complex. The redevelopment project is primarily aimed at providing sustainable economic activities with upgraded infrastructure and facilities that will increase the attractiveness of the island as a premier tourist destination in Malaysia. This will in turn boost the local tourism industry while creating entrepreneurship and employment opportunities for the rakyat of Perak. »
The project will involve the redevelopment of passenger and cargo jetties, as well as a mixed development including commercial and retail facilities. This dynamic development plan is in line with Malaysia’s National Tourism Policy 2020-2030 and supports the Federal Government’s initiative to create more modern tourist destinations while complementing Pulau Pangkor’s status as a duty-free island. .
In addition, the project will be implemented through a public-private partnership (PPP) model, which aims to encourage private sector involvement and innovation to tap into the growing tourism market in Perak.
The redevelopment of the Pulau Pangkor jetty complex will be implemented in two phases. The physical development of the complex in Phase 1 is expected to commence from 2024 to 2026. When completed, the redevelopment is expected to create over 4,400 new jobs in Pulau Pangkor and will contribute RM262 million to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Pulau Pangkor. Perak.
Recognizing the need to support the tourism sector by ensuring a steady supply of well-trained labor, the NCIA continues its incentive programs to support Perak’s business communities, focusing on micro, small and medium entrepreneurs. For example, the [email protected] helped 16 local SMEs in Perak and brought a total of RM231.5 million in investment to Perak with the creation of 633 new jobs. The [email protected] and [email protected] created more than 1,500 jobs and 1,286 new entrepreneurs in the state, respectively.