PUTRAJAYA is considering another economic corridor focused on the south of Peninsular Malaysia to develop small towns in the area, Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali said.
The corridor could stretch from Bandar Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur to Johor, he said in Kg Bakar Arang, Pekan Nenas, Johor, where he was campaigning in the Tg Piai by-election.
“A proposal was just made yesterday and my ministry will study it and bring it to the Economic Action Council and to the prime minister. It will be a long-term development plan to stimulate the economy,” Azmin said.
Work on the corridor could begin as early as next year, he added.
Small towns between the Klang Valley and Johor Baru, the largest, busiest city in the south, should be develop as new growth areas, too, he said.
“Small districts should not be excluded as their development can bring a lot of good to people in those areas, in the form of public transportation, such as railway lines or ports, airports and other infrastructure that can stimulate Johor’s economy.”
The Tg Piai area would also stand to benefit from such plans, he added.
The country currently has five economic development corridors that were launched under the Abdullah Ahmad Badawi administration.
The Iskandar Malaysia Corridor is the growth area for the south, also in Johor, in addition to the East Coast Economic Corridor (ECER), Northern Economic Corridor (NCER), Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) and the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).
However, only two corridors – Iskandar and NCER – appear to be active, as stated by the Malaysia Institute of Economic Research (MIER) in March.
MIER chairman Dr Sulaiman Mahbob had said it was time to assess the economic corridors as only two seemed to have been successful. – November 10, 2019.
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