Government to woo 3,500 firms in Mid-East

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 19 Jan 2003

KLUANG: The Government plans to attract more Middle East-based companies to set up regional plants here and to secure more aviation rights with countries in Asia, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik. 

Dr Ling, who will be making a week-long working visit to Dubai, Lebanon and India starting today, said plans were afoot to attract some 3,500 factories operating at the fringes of the Dubai port to set up regional plants here. 

In Dubai, Dr Ling will be meeting port authorities and heads of corporations to brief them on the Pulau Indah free trade zone and facilities offered by Port Klang. 

“We plan to use the Dubai port as a model for Port Klang. We want to lure some of the companies there to set up their plants in Pulau Indah, with the port facilities as the main attraction. 

“If this is successful, not only will the Government benefit from the foreign investments, it will also bring more activities for the port,” he said after the swearing-in ceremony of Johor MCA liaison committee office-bearers here on Friday.  

On his trip to India, Dr Ling said Malaysia and India were looking into the possibility of increasing the flight frequency.  

He said Malaysia’s investments and interest in India had increased and many Indian nationals had made the country as one of their main destinations for holidays. 

“We are concentrating our efforts on getting more landing rights with countries in the region.”  

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