Bagan Datuk set to end up being car center: DPM

BAGAN DATUK: Bagan Datuk is set to become a brand-new vehicle center following interest shown by two automobile business to establish their plants in the district.Deputy Prime Minister

Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi stated a Chinese business was eager to open an Energy Effective Automobiles(EEV) assembly plant for the export market and would need 40 ha of land for the purpose.He said the vehicle company would deal with a local business to set up the factory near the Sungai Bernam estuary in Hutan Melintang here. “When completed, 2,000 jobs will be created and I had asked for Bagan Datuk youths

to be given priority for the task opportunities,”he stated, when opening the Malaysian Automotive Industry(MAI )Auto Celebration at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Hutan Melintang’s field, here today.MAI is a company under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.Also present was Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir.Malaysia-based Tan Chong Motor Holdings

Bhd was the first vehicle company that have actually accepted buy this southwestern

district of Perak. It remains in the lasts of building an assembly plant which is anticipated to produce about 4,000 jobs.Ahmad Zahid, who is also Bagan Datuk Member of Parliament, said he was encouraged that the Perak government would proactively bring in more financiers to Bagan Datuk and support a relocate to expand the Northern Passage Execution Authority’s jurisdiction in the district.The Deputy Prime Minister said he did not want Bagan Datuk to be left behind in the automobile advancement as it was a crucial market, contributing about 3.6%or RM40 billion to GDP and the federal government had targeted for the contribution to increase to 10 %by 2020.

He stated the opening of the automobile factories would remain in tandem with the setting up of the Automotive Engineering and Marine Engineering Faculties at Bagan Datuk Polytechnic here, in producing competent manpower.Ahmad Zahid stated EEVs made up more than 50%of lorries on the road in the nation and this implied that their potential was really intense and the country’s vehicle sector would continue to grow.” Today, the automobile sector comprises 27 car brand producers, covering nationwide and global brands. We have 641 regional suppliers, as well as

53,000 distributors, agents and service centres, employing over 700,000 individuals,”he said.The MAI Car Festival here, which a five-stage showcase prior to the Malaysia Autoshow 2018 at the Malaysia

Agricultural Expo Park(MAEPS), Serdang beginning April 26, is among the government’s efforts to raise awareness among Malaysians on EEVs.– Bernama