Guan Eng: Penang wants meeting with Pemandu over EPPs
|The Edge Daily|
|Written by Joseph Chin of theedgemalaysia.com|
|Sunday, 13 February 2011 18:49|
KUALA LUMPUR: The Penang Government wants to meet with the Performance Management and Delivery Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department (Pemandu) over the proposed 95 entry points projects (EPPs).
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said on Sunday, Feb 13 the state government was willing to meet and be briefed by Pemandu on the EPPs, which he described as crucial to ensure the successful implementation over the next 10 years under the 11 National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs).
“So far the state government had not received any details of where the 95 EPPs supposed to be located in Penang and what type of EPPs are they. Apart from the Tourism and the Electrical & Electronics NKEA revealed by Pemandu, what are the other NKEAs (which have been) identified?” he asked.
Lim said Pemandu has yet to reveal the investments target, the proposed increase in per capita gross national income (GNI) or the number of jobs to be created.
In contrast, when 19 EPPs were unveiled last month, Pemandu disclosed RM67 billion in investments would generate a per capita GNI of RM35 billion and generate 35,000 jobs.
Lim also said Pemandu should stick to the proportional approach to determine the investments a state is entitled to.
“If the ETP is a focused, inclusive and sustainable initiative that will transform Malaysia into a high-income nation by 2020, then there must be at least one EPP in each of the 13 states in Malaysia, excluding Federal Territory. Not a single EPP out of the 19 EPP announced last month was located in Penang,” he said.
He also said Penang should not be left out if the federal government’s plan is to ensure the ETP is inclusive and there is a sharing of wealth among the population.
Lim said the state government must be involved to ensure the 95 EPPs that are to be implemented in Penang over the next 10 years are completed successfully.