IPOH: April 15, 2008
Perak Mentri Besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin will hold his first meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in Putrajaya on Friday.
Nizar said the primary aim of the meeting was to make sure that the Federal Government would not overlook Perak because the people in the state gave their mandate to a new government in the last general election.
He added that it was the state government’s wish to be the bridge between the people and the Federal Government.
“We want a working relationship so that our investors will not be frightened by the situation and leave,” he said yesterday after a dialogue with the state-level Malay, Chinese, Indian and International Chambers of Commerce and Industry and current and potential investors.
Nizar also said he would discuss certain pressing matters faced by investors in the state like the lack of an international-standard airport, the under-utilised Lumut port and the need for a natural gas pipeline passing through the state to aid industrialists in their businesses.
“I hope to impress upon the Prime Minister on the possibility of turning Perak into an international cargo hub,” he said.
During the dialogue earlier, Nizar promised that besides encouraging more foreign direct investment, local companies would be given preference to help them become co-partners with foreign investors.
“We promise to increase the pull factor in the state by adopting investor-friendly policies and expanding on the existing infrastructure.”