MB: Not true Govt neglected Kedah

Ahmad Bashah (second left) handing out aid under the 1MPAK programme.

CLAIMS that the Government did not make any effort to develop Kedah after Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad resigned as Prime Minister are baseless, said Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah.

In fact, he said, Kedah had been continuously undergoing development after Barisan Nasional took over the state government in 2013.

“After I took over as Mentri Besar, all sorts of projects took place such as making Bukit Kayu Hitam a tax-free zone, upgrading our airport to international status, upgrading our water treatment facilities as well as the Kulim Hi-Tech Park.

“These wild accusations are simply thrown about so that the Opposition can have a chance at winning,” he said after launching the Jelajah 1MPAK in Sik, Kedah, recently.

The Jelajah 1MPAK is a nationwide tour run by the Rural and Regional Development Ministry via Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), where public initiatives are gathered under one roof for people in rural and suburban areas to have direct access to education and jobs as well as entrepreneurship and social responsibility projects.

One of MARA’s programmes featured in the event is the Graduate Employability Training Scheme where graduates receive skills training and are later matched to the right industries.

It is understood that over 30,000 applications have been received from the Jelajah 1MPAK series nationwide thus far.

Ahmad Bashah noted that the Government spent RM426mil in Sik alone since winning Kedah in the 2013 General Election.

“We have many more plans. We hope to attract foreign investors to Kedah,” he said.

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