Wilayah Utara Malaysia adalah kawasan yang kaya dengan anugerah alam dan tinggi dengan potensi. Jika diberi peluang untuk berkembang dengan lebih giat, kemajuan wilayah ini akan dapat meningkatkan tahap daya saing negara dan memastikan hasilnya dirasai rakyat dengan lebih seimbang. Inilah rasional utama bagi penubuhan Wilayah Ekonomi Koridor Utara.
Pembangunan Koridor Utara juga akan menumpukan perhatian ke atas isu-isu sosial seperti pembangunan desa, modernisasi pertanian dan kemiskinan. Isu-isu ini harus ditangani melalui pendekatan yang lebih berkesan dan mesra-pasaran. Ke arah ini, penggubalan Rangka Tindakan Koridor Utara telah diterajui oleh sektor swasta bagi memastikan bahawa program-program yang dibangunkan berlandas prinsip-prinsip yang mampan dan komersil.
Yang Amat Berhormat
Dato’ Seri Abdullah Bin Haji Ahmad Badawi
Perdana Menteri Malaysia
The North of Malaysia is a region rich in resources and potential. If the region is given opportunity to flourish, the country’s overall competitiveness will be strengthened and prosperity will be better distributed. This is the main rationale for the formation of the Northern Corridor Economic Region.Of all the details of this mega-plan, I'm most interested in the infrastructure that's coming up to this region.
The development of the Northern Corridor will also focus attention on social issues such as rural development, agriculture modernisation and poverty. These are areas that must be addressed with improved, market-led approaches. To this end, the Northern Corridor Blueprint was spearheaded by private sector input to ensure the development of commercially sustainable measures and programmes.
Yang Amat Berhormat
Dato’ Seri Abdullah Bin Haji Ahmad Badawi
Prime Minister of Malaysia
We won't get additional (small) airports in remote areas like Balik Pulau or towns in Perlis...
But commuter and monorail trains are coming. Though, before folks in Balik Pulau get excited seeing the blue lines seemingly touching Balik Pulau, the line actually stops at Farlim, Air Itam. I had wish the we'd have train lines connecting the island of Penang and Seberang Perai, but we'd instead get a second bridge, one that is to supersede the existing Penang Bridge to be the third longest in Asia, bringing the number of bridges in Malaysia in the top-10 longest bridges in the world to two at number nine and ten respectively. And if only the high-speed trains would continue until Bukit Kayu Hitam and Padang Besar, the northern region would prosper at high pace... but I suppose, the thoughts that more people would go to tourism destinations in Thailand instead would spoil some of the benefits, entirely at our cost (unless if Thailand would share the financial cost and link it up all the way to Bangkok ;-))!
Though, Rapid Penang is going to be launched and start service tomorrow. Still, the routes doesn't seem that enticing for BP-ites as in order to reach Georgetown, they'd still need to go through the long routes using -- passing through the bumpy and dangerous roads of Genting and Teluk Kumbar, and a long trip from south of the island. An alternative public transport method is by taking Rapid Penang to Teluk Bahang, and another bus or two in order to reach destinations in Georgetown. I was imagining that Balik Pulau would be a major settlement area should the train or public bus routes would connect the growing district at the other side of the island to the high-growth areas of Bayan Lepas and Georgetown.
For now, residing in Seberang Prai, which would be a major transportation hub of the NCER seems rather enticing...
I really look forward to cruise the seaside expressway though, to enjoy good seafood in Kuala Perlis or make more ferry trips to Langkawi from Kuala Muda, Kedah. And shouldn't TEKIH connects with the 'Spine' expressway near Baling so we may make more trips to Ulu Legong Hot Water park. Hmm... I wonder what's in or will be of Kota Putra at the northern tip of Kedah.
Read the entire details on NCER (WEKU) blueprints from NCER brochure or read the entire launching speech by Dato Seri Abdullah today (in Malay Language)
Or browse the news clips below, as published on various media sources for a period of two weeks, from 11 JUL until 25 JUL 2007, as a prelude to this launching day:
More related updates from the online press over the past two weeks:
- NCER Makes It Easier For Investors To Decide
- I Ticked Off MAS To Convey People's Displeasure - Zam
- NCER To Have Five Growth Corridors
- Malaysian shares close mixed on NCER boost
- Padang Besar To Become Halal Logistics Centre
- Abdullah launches NCER website
- Impact Of NCER Can Be Seen In Three Years
- RM177 Bln Investment Expected To Flow Into Northern Corridor
- Micro-Electronic Excellence Centre To Be Set Up At USM
- Malaysia to fund northern development
- Mardi looking to establish national seed genebank
- AGRICULTURE-MALAYSIA: Big Top-Down Farm Revival Powered By Business
- Malaysia in $51 Bln Plan to Transform North Belt
- Penang boost for MRCB with NCER launch
- Penang set for transformation into an integrated ...
- Volatile week ahead
- NCER To Transform Northern Region Into Modern Food Zone
- Better Infrastructure, More Connectivity Under NCER
- Northern corridor to draw RM177b investments
- Malaysia launches massive northern development plan
- Improving Farmers' Incomes Is Among NCER Steps
- NCER Blueprint Tackles Both Flood And Drought Problems
- Manufacturing Sector To Be Strong Growth Driver For Northern Corridor
- NCER To Diversify Into Modern Services, Focus On Tourism And Logistics
- Abdullah: NCER Programmes To Be Reviewed From Time To Time
- Highlights of the NCER
- Whole of Kedah waiting for Northern Corridor spin-offs
- Change comes to rural heartland of Malaysia
- No New Airport And Port In NCER, Says Masterplanner
- NCER To Re-energise Tourist Attractions
- NCER big boost for Penang
- Property market set to sizzle
- NCER Will Also Benefit Southern Thailand, Sumatra - Koh
- Malaysian shares close down sharply after Wall St, global markets ...
- NCER To Be A Boon For Rural People In Four States
- Perlis plans RM70m for proposed seed academy R&D
- Homing in on homestays
- Malay Entrepreneurs In ICT To Gain From NCER
- Reinventing and boosting tourism in the northern region
- Property firms to get NCER benefits
- Prosper-thy-neighbour is Penang’s strategy
- Farmers still waiting for that golden harvest
- Touch of IT for 400 school children
- Northern Corridor Development Pushes KLCI To New High
- Japanese Companies Keen To Invest In Penang, Says Koh
- LCL targets book order of RM1b by year-end
- 'Outperform' on Hunza Properties
- Moving up the manufacturing value chain
- Sime Darby Sees NCER From Foreign Investor Perspective
- Big Plans To Modernise Rural Farming Up North
- Small farms, big business
- Nestle, Tesco deal directly with farmers to bring down prices
- Harnessing cyber cities : Penang's plan
- Creating a modern food zone
- USM Research Findings Good For North Corridor
- Planting hope in the padi belt
- RapidPenang ready to hit the streets on July 31
- Northern corridor ‘to help 63000 farmers’
- Penang to become logistics hub
- Penang poised for makeover
- Northern Corridor Blueprint Set For Launch Month-end