THE sluggish development in Lumut over the last two years is set to pick up soon, said Lumut MCA chairman Tan Sri Kong Cho Ha.
He said the West Coast Expressway - linking Taiping in Perak and Banting in Selangor - with three interchanges in Lumut is shaping up and expected boost growth.
The overall development in the state and also that in Lumut has been slow in the past two years, he said.
“But there are already more plans like the expressway that will be set in motion, especially for Lumut, so that it can continue growing into a more robust town.
“With new developments like this, I believe it is a good way to ensure better economic growth for residents here over the next few years,” he said after opening the Lumut MCA division annual general meeting at Ah Heng Restaurant, Lumut last Sunday.
Speaking on the town’s tourism prospects, Kong, who is also deputy chairman of Invest Perak where Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir is the chairman, said tourism in Lumut remains the best and most successful one in the state.
“Our Pangkor Island has always been an important tourist destination for the district. And now we have another one - the Tua Pek Kong Temple in Sitiawan - which receives tens of thousands of visitors every year.
“I hope that this will continue to spur our town’s economic growth and lead to creating more investment and job opportunities. This situation will also make more youths stay in Lumut instead of leaving in search of jobs,” he said.
MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Perak MCA chief Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon were present during the meeting,