Monday, June 30, 2008

Quick nod for project from state - The Star

SITIAWAN: Jun 29, 3008 By IVAN LOH

It was probably the fastest approval given to a company to build an oil and gas fabrication yard.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin said the state government had given “an almost immediate” approval to UMW to build the yard at Kampung Acheh here.

He said he got the proposal in the evening and gave an approval the next day in less than 24 hours.

Speaking to reporters after the groundbreaking ceremony for the yard yesterday, Nizar explained that the proposal had been submitted to the government three weeks ago.

Asked whether sufficient studies have been conducted before giving the approval, Nizar said: “Yes, we reviewed the proposal and saw no problems with it.

“The land on which the fabrication yard will be built is privately-owned and there are no complications from the relevant departments for a quick decision,” he added.

Nizar noted that the fabrication yard was the first major project approved within 100 days of Pakatan Rakyat rule in Perak.

He assured investors that they could obtain fast approvals so long as the projects were under the purview of the state.

“With a globally recognised company like UMW coming in now, it will certainly attract other big companies to invest here,” he said.

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