THE state government plans to develop suburban areas to keep talents from leaving.
State Human Resources committee chairman A. Sivanesan (PH-Sungkai) said the state would focus on attracting investors to invest in areas away from city and town centres to spur development and also create job opportunities.
“Development has been focused at towns, the Kinta Valley, Lumut and Taiping,” he said when replying to a supplementary question by Razman Zakaria (PAS-Gunung Semanggol) during the question and answer session.
“We hope to put a stop to the brain drain issue with more jobs, which is something that I have been bringing up for the last 10 years,” he added.
Sivanesan said the state was aware of the migration of talents elsewhere, which was a factor affecting its economic growth.
“A strategic development plan is important to create job opportunities and increase revenue for the state.
“The state is focusing on encouraging investments and the industrial sector, which can be achieved with existing and new catalyst projects or initiatives,” he said.
“For instance, the piped gas project from Ayer Tawar to the Kinta Valley, which costs RM180mil and expected to be completed in 2019, will benefit existing industry players, encourage expansion and also attract new investors.”
He also said the West Coast Expressway project, which was currently being constructed, created about 25,000 job opportunities.
“It will create a further 1,000 jobs when operational,” he said.
He added that the state would study the brain drain issue thoroughly so that Perak would not lose more experts or professionals.
“I am sure an effective formula can be created and policies will be amended for improvement,” he said.
To a supplementary question by Sandrea Ng (PH-Teja) on the issue pertaining to foreign workers, Sivanesan said it was an issue that was being looked into by the Federal Government.
He said there were some 2.5 million foreign workers in the country, including some that came in without permit.
“The Government is taking steps to reduce dependence on foreign workers.
“We will also encourage youths to take up 3D (Dirty, Dangerous, Demanding) jobs, ” he said, adding that these included jobs in the construction and agriculture sectors.
“We will try our best, but it will take a long time,” he added.
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