PERAK should explore the potential of developing renewable energy, said Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Micci) Perak branch chairman Datuk Lim Si Boon.
Lim said, with the state having low energy costs and ample land available, such an option should be explored.
“Micci places a great emphasis on solar enerby, bio-fuel and green technology.
“I feel Perak should dedicate resources to research the field,” he said in his speech during the Micci’s 105th anniversary lunch at a hotel in Ipoh last week.
The guest-of-honour at the event was Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.
Lim said Micci Perak played an important role in lobbying for the provision of natural gas in the state.
He said Micci members in the Kinta Valley are grateful that the a pipeline is already being laid in stages connecting Seri Iskandar and Chemor.
“Once this is done, it is expected the pipeline will be expanded to Simpang Pulai, Bemban, Lahat and Meru. But for now we are happy with the progress we are seeing,” he added.
On another matter, Lim said the naming of Perak as the sixth-best place to visit in Asia by travel guide Lonely Planet was a boost to the state’s tourism industry.
“We now need to explore this potential.
“Perak also needs to look into creating more employment opportunities to enhance the gross domestic product of the state.
“Lucrative incentives need to be introduced to attract talent and investments into our state,” he added.
Lim said Micci, with the help of the state government, aspires to make the state an investor friendly place.