Saturday, April 2, 2011

Najib:Penang to be Malaysia's third metropolis

BALIK PULAU: The federal government is to develop Penang into the third metropolis (urban area) in the country, after the Klang Valley and Johor Baharu, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said today.

He said a committee to study and implement the plan comprised representatives from the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA), the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) and Khazanah Nasional Bhd.

"The committee will report back to the (National) Economic Council on the study," he told reporters after attending a lunch with the people in Kampung Permatang Pasir, here.

Najib, who is on a day-long visit to Penang, said development of the metropolis would step up flow of investment into Penang, and added that this was proof that the federal government did not marginalise the state.

Asked about his achievements as the prime minister after being in office for two years (to the day tomorrow), he said he realised that the people were beginning to regain confidence in the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

The people's confidence was based on the government's success in rejuvenating the national economy through various transformation programmes, he said.

He said the government had implemented many development programmes. "It is the people's desire to see us implement the programmes that we have planned," he said.

*Taken from NST Online

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