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Perak offers incentives for landlords to redevelop old buildings

IPOH (March 5, 2012): The Perak government will offer incentives for landlords to build new buildings in line with the plan to redevelop small towns in the state.  Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said by doing so, the redevelopment of small towns in the state could be implemented without involving any land acquisitions.

"We have identified several areas to be developed, such as in Ijok, where we can find many old and 'obsolete' buildings currently owned by different landlords. We will discuss with them about redeveloping the towns in those areas," he said when interviewed in "Selamat Pagi Perak Bersama Dr Zambry" programme on PerakFM here today.

He said the state government would also ensure that new development would only take place in strategic and convenient locations.

The menteri besar said once the redevelopment of the small towns had been implemented, a meeting with the relevant government agencies would also be held to identify and develop small and medium industries to improve the economic status of the local residents.

"It needs continuous effort and a comprehensive plan to develop the towns and to ensure that no one would be left out and that the people in the rural areas would also enjoy the development as the people in urban areas," he said.

In the mean time, he said the Perak State Development Corporation and the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority would also carry out research and efforts to develop 14 small towns identified by the state government.

"District officers and presidents of local councils are also required to monitor the progress and development in the small towns," he said. Zambry said the most important element taken into consideration in developing the small towns in Perak was the socio-economic strength of the area.

"We will see the strength of the towns in terms of agriculture, tourism or natural resources-based industry," he said, adding that the state government would also develop the northern parts of the state especially towns in the Kedah-Thailand border. - Bernama

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