KANGAR: Perlis will have three mega projects worth RM850mil to develop the state under the 11th Malaysia Plan.
Malaysia’s northernmost and smallest state will receive federal funds for the Perlis Inland Port, Chuping Valley, Padang Besar Logistics Hub and the long-awaited Padang Besar Hospital.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he gave the approval for the funds during his one-day working visit to Perlis yesterday.
“I gave the approval during a briefing by the state government so that Perlis can be further developed,” he told reporters after the Anugerah Desa Sejahtera 1Malaysia presentation ceremony in Kampung Kurong Tengar, Kuala Perlis, here yesterday.
He also announced a RM2.5mil allocation for a fishing jetty in Kampung Kurong Tengar.
Earlier, after a closed-door meeting with Barisan Nasional leaders, Najib said the coalition had done much to develop and lead the country, adding that Malaysians should be proud of its stability and unity.
“In five years, we will go through the final lap towards 2020 when we will be a developed nation.
“The main challenge for us is to ensure that the country’s wealth is distributed fairly and to be inclusive. We can only achieve this if the people and parties give us their support.
“When I met the Barisan leaders here, some told me to be strong. I can only do that if party members give their full support to me.
“Perlis – as I can say – is an ‘all clear’ state as Perlis Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim and Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man have vouched for me,” said Najib, adding that Barisan might lose in the next general election if the Government was belittled and the coalition was seen as weak.
Perlis, he said, had historically been a Barisan fort.
Najib said he had also acted as the “head marketer” for Perlis’ famed Harum Manis mangoes, having promoted the fruit to the Emperor and Empress of Japan, as well as his counterpart Shinzo Abe.
He also defended the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M), adding that wealth should be distributed to the rakyat.
“Are we wrong for helping people in hardship? Are we wrong if we give the wealth to those who need it?” he said.