Saturday, October 9, 2010

Green status to boost Malacca

Badrul Hisham Mahzan (second from left) exchanging MoUs with Datuk Omar Kaseh at Sri Pentas in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. With them are (from left) Datuk Seri Farid Ridzuan, Datuk Ahmad A. Talib and Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam. — NST picture by Hasriyasyah Sabudin
Badrul Hisham Mahzan (second from left) exchanging MoUs with Datuk Omar Kaseh at Sri Pentas in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. With them are (from left) Datuk Seri Farid Ridzuan, Datuk Ahmad A. Talib and Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam. — NST picture by Hasriyasyah Sabudin
KUALA LUMPUR: Malacca is expecting more investments once it earns the title of Green Technology State City, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said yesterday.

Ali said the state would pursue this after it was officially declared as a city state on Oct 20.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is scheduled to make the declaration on that night, after Malacca had met the criteria set by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD).


Malacca has achieved 90.6 per cent of the standards set by OECD by fulfilling the 29 indicators, which covers areas such as health, unemployment level, per capita income and clean water supply.

Green technology refers to environmentally-friendly infrastructure used in developing Malacca.

To date, the state is using 10 garbage cleaning cars designed based on green technology while it plans to harness renewable energy from a windmill in Pulau Besar.


A RM3.2 billion factory to produce solar panels is being constructed and these will be supplied to the "Malacca World Solar Valley" in Alor Gajah.

It is also seeking help from the Federal Government to build an incinerator either in Alor Gajah or Jasin.

"The trend these days is towards green technology. Most developed nations apply this technology as it allows for development without comprising the environment.


"We can attract up to RM1 billion a year if we are awarded this status," he said after the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Malacca government, Media Prima and the New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad at Seri Pentas here yesterday.

The MoU will see Media Prima as the organisers and the official media for "Melaka Maju", a state government initiative to showcase its development.

State Secretary Datuk Omar Kaseh represented Malacca, while Media Prima was represented by its Group chief executive officer of television networks Datuk Seri Farid Ridzuan.

The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad was represented by its advertising and sales director Badrul Hisham Mahzan.

Also present was Media Prima Berhad news and editorial operations executive director Datuk Ahmad A. Talib

*Taken from NST Online

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