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Old November 20th, 2007, 08:25 PM   #61
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November 20, 2007 18:56 PM

205 Projects Identified For ECER

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 (Bernama) -- A total of 205 projects have been identified for implementation in the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) under the ongoing Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP), the Dewan Rakyat was told Tuesday.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Senator Datuk Abdul Rahman Suliman said the focus was on five primary sectors, namely agriculture, tourism, education, manufacturing, and oil and gas.

He said it was anticipated that the projects would intensify economic development in the region and create more employment opportunities. The ECER covers Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and northern Johor.

"The government will implement every project according to schedule to ensure effectiveness of the ECER," he said when replying to a question from Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob (BN-Bera).

Ismail had wanted to know the plans for the ECER and the amount the government and the private sector would invest there.

Abdul Rahman said the estimated cost of developing the ECER was RM112 billion over the period up to 2020.

"Twenty per cent of the investment will be provided by the private sector, 27 per cent through Private Finance Initiatives and the rest will come from the government," he said.

He also said that the government would set up the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) to take charge of the development of the ECER.

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560,000 jobs created under ECER

By ZULKIFLY MOHAMAD

KEPALAS BATAS: Some 560,000 job opportunities will be created when the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) goes into full swing, the Human Resource Department director-general Romli Hassan said.

He said several hundred thousands more jobs would be created when projects under the Northern Corridor Economic Region were implemented.

Under the ECER alone, 205 projects will be implemented with investments estimated at RM112bil until 2020. The ECER covers Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and northern Johor.

“Graduates will have no excuse now to say that they are unemployed because there are no jobs. I cannot accept such excuses.

“It is either they refuse to work or they are being too choosy in finding jobs,” he told reporters after attending the ILJTM northern zone convocation at Dewan Millennium here on Wednesday.
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ECER berpotensi jadi pusat taman herba global
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KUALA LUMPUR 25 Nov. – Wilayah Pembangunan Ekonomi Koridor Pantai Timur (ECER) boleh menjadi pusat taman herba global.

Timbalan Pengarah MARDI untuk program agronomi dan sistem pengeluaran, Mansor Puteh dan Ketua Ekonomi RAM Holding Bhd., Dr. Yeah Kim Leng dalam satu kenyataan bersama berkata, ECER mempunyai kawasan yang luas untuk pertanian berskala besar dan struktur kos yang murah berbanding negeri-negeri pantai Barat.

Mereka berkata, fokus herba bagi ECER melibatkan pembinaan taman herba integrasi di Kelantan, Terengganu dan Pahang.

Di Gua Musang, Kelantan, sebanyak 1,000 hektar telah diperuntukkan untuk penyelidikan herba, ladang herba organik, begitu juga pusat pemprosesan, inkubasi dan latihan.
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ECER To Attract 30 Pct Foreign Tourists By 2020

KUALA TERENGGANU, Nov 28 (Bernama) -- Terengganu's tourism profile under the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) is expected to change where it is expected to attract 30 percent foreign tourists by 2020, compared to its current 89 percent from the domestic market.

Prof Dr Amran Hamzah, who is involved in ECER's tourism study, said the state would target up to 30 percent of high-end tourism by increasing activities related to island, coastal and marine tourism.

"A key component in pulling in high-end tourism dollars is the proposed new development of Kuala Terengganu City Centre which encompasses the mouth of Sungai Terengganu, to include Pulau Duyong and extending from the town along the coast to the airport," he said in a statement released by ECER secretariat here today.

He said the city centre development would see the building of a water sports amphitheatre, hotels and luxury accommodation, waterfront residential and commercial buildings, silverware and handicraft centre, traditional boat building yard, maritime centre signature mosques and integrated shopping malls.

"Within Kuala Terengganu City Centre, there will be improvements to the river frontage and Pulau Duyong.

"Pulau Duyong will be the main focus and will retain much of its flavour of traditional village and boat building activities. At the same time, it will be the symbol of maritime events such as the Monsoon Cup," he said.

Amran said with the positioning of Kuala Terengganu as a maritime and cultural tourism destination as well as the development of Pulau Duyong and Pulau Wan Man, high-yield West Asians should also be attracted to Terengganu during their summer months of July to September.

"This will tie in nicely with Kuala Terengganu achieving city status on Jan 1, 2008 and the new free zone at the airport which will also serve as the main tourism gateway for the ECER," he said.

Tourism is one of Malaysia's major foreign exchange earners, second only to the manufacturing industry.

The country's tourism receipts of about RM36.3 billion in 2006 represented an increase of 14 percent from the RM32 billion earned in 2005.

He said cruise tourism was proposed for Kuala Terengganu to optimise its role as a tourism hub for the ECER, to take advantage of the city's strategic location.

"Through cruise tourism, packages such as island hopping and heritage/nature tours could be developed by the local tourism industry," he said.

He said the resorts on Pulau Redang and Pulau Perhentian would also be subjected to an accreditation system such as Green Globe which would ensure that they implemented sustainable tourism principles.

"International tourists do not mind paying a premium to ensure that fragile island resources such as coral reefs are protected," he said.

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December 02, 2007 21:50 PM

Destini Marine In RM1 Bln Deal To Build Cruise Ships

KUALA TERENGGANU, Dec 2 (Bernama) -- Destini Marine Sdn Bhd and Conoship International B.V (Conoship) of the Netherlands today inked a cooperation agreement to build 20 luxury cruise ships worth RM1 billion for the European market.

The deal was signed by Destini Marine chairman Datuk Abdul Malek Abdul Hamid while Conoship was represented by its general manager, Philippe Swolfs.

The ceremony was witnessed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

Abdul Malek told reporters that the ships would be built over a six-year period.

"We'll build the first four units beginning July 2008 and the first vessel is expected to be ready at the end of 2010," he said, adding that each vessel would cost about RM50 million.

Destini Marine will spend RM60 million to develop a shipyard on a six-hectare site provided by the state government, he said.

Meanwhile, Swolfs said Destini Marine was selected for the project based on its ability and expertise.

Destini Marine has constructed 220 vessels for various government agencies.

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Two Hydro Dams To Meet ECER Power Needs - TNB
November 30, 2007 22:03 PM

KUANTAN, Nov 30 (Bernama) -- Two hydroelectric dams will be built at a cost of RM2.5 billion to help meet the power requirements under the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) masterplan, Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh said today.

With a combined capacity of 600 megawatts, they will be located at Hulu Jelai in Pahang and Hulu Terengganu, with work on them to begin at the latest by the middle of next year and be completed by 2013.

"TNB began studies and design work two years ago," he told reporters after Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang opened Wisma TNB Kuantan here.

Also present were the Tengku Mahkota of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob and TNB chairman Tan Sri Leo Moggie.

Che Khalib stressed that as a high value project, TNB will ensure there no delays in their construction so that they can meet the electricity needs of the two states.

He said TNB is also reinforcing the power supply system in the Gebeng industrial area in Pahang as it will become the ECER petrochemical hub that will draw both domestic and foreign investors.

"Overall, TNB's investment of RM3 billion in the dams and other projects demonstrates its confidence in the objectives of ECER," he added.

According to him, TNB is working on providing electricity supply to Tioman island by using a combination of solar, wind, hydro and diesel and said should the venture succeed, Tioman will be the first place in the world to generate electricity using such a combination.

On the Sultan's request to TNB to install streetlights along the 80 km stretch between Kuala Tahan and Jerantut, Che Khalib assured that this will be done in stages as soon as possible.

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Pahang attracted RM15bil in investments

KUANTAN: Pahang received investments totalling RM15.2bil between 1997 and 2006.

Domestic investment amounted to RM8.1bil while the rest were foreign investment according to a statement from the Mentri Besar’s office here Tuesday.

“This reflects the confidence investors have in Pahang,” the statement said.

The statement also said the industrial sector was expected to develop further as it was one of the five core activities under the East Coast Economic Region master plan.

The ECER is expected to attract RM112bil worth of investments and create 560,000 jobs until 2020.
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Citrus Valley 2nd phase to start next year
07 Dec 2007 5:00 PM
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KUALA TERENGGANU: The second phase of the country’s Citrus Valley, located in Dungun, Terengganu, under the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) is expected to kick start its second phase next year.

The state government had recently approved about 900 hectares of land for phase two of the Citrus Valley. The area will also be gazetted as a “Permanent Food Production Park” for fruit cultivation.

“When fully developed, the citrus park will produce up to 28,280 tonnes of produce with a value of RM56.6 million. It would also create 600 new jobs.

The Citrus Valley has a total acreage of 1,414ha dedicated to the growing of limau madu, or citrus suhuiensis. There are currently eight companies farming on 550 hectares in phase one.

Imbasan Padu Sdn Bhd chief executive Dr Sulaiman Abdullah said revival of the Citrus Valley is timely to tap into the huge potential for citrus as current local demand exceeds supply.

It would take between two and three years of production for investors to recover their investment, added Sulaiman.

A consultant for Imbasan Padu, a pioneer farmer in the Citrus Valley, Mohd Said said that citrus farming is difficult and vigorous.

“From my experience, the investment for 50ha will cost between RM1.6 million and RM1.8 million for the initial three to four years before the citrus trees bear fruit.” He also estimated that land clearing, planting, seeding and soil preparation for phase two would take about a year to complete.

The Citrus Valley’s nucleus farming concept where an anchor company is invited to invest and act as the main coordinator would help to maximise farm management capacity, reduce farming cost and enhance profitability, said Mohd Said.

“The revival of the Citrus Valley under the ECER is favourable because it will also see the re-establishment of a consortium that will pool resources, machineries and provide the economics of scale needed for the export market as well as help to centralise farm management,” he added.
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Eight Companies To Build Factories In ECER Halal Hub
December 13, 2007 15:11 PM


KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 (Bernama) -- The East Coast Economic Region (ECER)'s Halal Complex at Gambang Halal Hub is off to a good start with eight companies committing to invest in the first phase and begin operations as early as August 2009.

The companies concerned are in herbs, food and biscuit processing, said Ahmad Sabri Hussin, industry manager of Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Pahang (PKNP).

"The eight companies will establish their factories by June 2009 and are planning to begin production in August that year. This augurs well for the Gambang Halal Hub," he said in a statement Thursday.

The Halal Complex, located on a 20-acre site, is implemented by PKNP and forms part of the 115-acre Gambang Halal Hub.

In its first phase, the Halal Complex contains manufacturing plants of two sizes.

"Three of the eight investors have taken up 1,100 square metres while five will utilise 550 square metres each," Ahmad Sabri said.

He said the government has allocated RM11 million for the first phase of development in the Halal Complex.

Apart from the manufacturing facility, the development will also involve the construction of an administration building to house the individual offices of each entrepreneur's operations.

Since the Gambang Halal Hub was announced in end-October, it has attracted inquiries from over 30 entrepreneurs keen to venture into processing various types of halal food, Ahmad Sabri said.

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December 13, 2007 13:34 PM

HDC Taps Pahang's Halal Potential Via ECER Initiatives


KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 (Bernama) -- The Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) is committed towards working with various corporations and agencies in order to tap Pahang's halal potential through the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) initiatives.

Pahang is primed to be developed into a major halal food and non-food manufacturing, certification, accreditation and distribution centre via the recently launched 112-hectare Gambang Halal Park, HDC said in a statement today.

It added that the Pahang state government, in tandem with the development of the Kuantan Port City project, will incorporate major upgrading and expansion of the existing facilities at the Kuantan Port, as the anchor port for the east coast region as well as a regional trading hub for the petrochemicals, palm oil and automotive industries.

"Pahang is poised to reap strong benefits from the halal industry, provided it can congregate all parties and industries to work for this common goal," said HDC chief executive officer Datuk Jamil Bidin.

"The ECER initiative for Pahang offers immense opportunities to potential investors, covering agriculture, cattle breeding, halal manufacturing and halal logistics-cum-services sectors," he said.

Jamil said the Pahang halal players should be encouraged to quickly take heed of all these incentives, for instance the Gambang Halal Park and Prima-Agri Halal Park.

"These two halal park initiatives by both the state government and the private sector is solid proof that there is much to be tapped within the state," he said.

As part of its nationwide roadshow, HDC recently held a one-day seminar in Kuantan which attracted over 200 participants who wanted to learn what the halal industry could offer them.

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December 14, 2007 01:36 AM

Pahang Will Undergo Dramatic Change With ECER


KUANTAN, Dec 13 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi believes Pahang will undergo a dramatic change and become a developed state with the implementation of the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) plan.

He said Pahang which was the logistic hub for the East Coast, would experience the kind of economic growth that would draw foreign investors to the state.

"With the ECER, I believe that if whatever is planned for the state is implemented smoothly, Pahang will undergo a dramatic change, one that we've never seen before," he said after meeting about 500 state civil servants here tonight.

Also present were his wife Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah, Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob and state executive councillors.

Abdullah said Pahang which had been known for its Felda schemes had undergone some major physical changes.

"The ECER is another major development after the Felda schemes that will put Pahang on the international map among investors.

"However, to achieve the goal, the public sector must play an important role to ensure smooth, efficient implementation of development projects."

Abdullah said the public service sector had indeed shown improvements, especially in the service delivery, but civil servants needed to maintain the momentum.

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Bill On ECER Council Tabled
December 18, 2007 19:22 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 18 (Bernama) -- A bill to corporatise the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC), which aims to stimulate and speed up the growth of the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) was tabled in the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Effendi Norwawi said the establishment of ECERDC was also to ensure that social and sustainable development was given emphasis in the region's economic growth.

"The ECERDC will also function as the coordinating agency to provide advice and consultation on investments in ECER as well as to decide on policies, direction and initiatives in the region's sustainable development," he said when tabling the East Coast Economic Region Development Council Bill for second reading.

Effendi said the council would be empowered to receive and channel allocations for preparation of infrastructure in ECER as well as to monitor the construction, implementation, handling and maintenance of the affected infrastructures.

He said the council would comprise the prime Minister as chairman, deputy prime minister, the menteri besars of the states concerned, two federal ministers, a representative from the public service and two members from the private sector.

The bill also requires the council to provide a draft Master Plan of ECER which contains the vision, planning and implementation of initiatives in the region and to consult the relevant state governments before submitting the draft for approval.

The council is also required to set up a Implementation and Coordinating Committee (ICC) in the affected states to monitor the status of applications on proposed development and key investments as well as coordinate the role and activities of all related government entities.

Members of the ICC should include a representative or more from the private sector to be appointed by the prime minister upon consultation with the menteri besar concerned.

Following approval, the Act will be enforced on a date to be decided by the prime minister after consultation with the Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Johor governments.

Effendi said provisions of the act would not apply to projects already approved and carried out by government entities or individuals prior to the enforcement date of the Act.

ECER was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in October. It is the third economic region launched in the country, after the Iskandar Development Region (IDR) covering southern Johor and the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) which covers Penang, Kedah, Perlis and northern Perak.

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December 24, 2007 16:45 PM

ECER Set To Be Kelantan's Economic Saviour


KOTA BAHARU, Dec 24 (Bernama) -- The RM112 billion East Coast Economic Region (ECER) masterplan is the best indication of the Federal Government's sincerity in developing opposition-controlled and economically lagging Kelantan.

State Umno chief Datuk Seri Annuar Musa expects the ECER implementation to spawn, among others, jobs for 22,000 youths in Kelantan.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi launched ECER last Oct 29 and witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on an agropolitan development initiative between Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and the South Kelantan Development Authority (Kesedar) that is designed to make the state an agriculture hub, especially in farming, fisheries and the livestock industry.

The agropolitan initiative will be all-encompassing, from providing quality seeds to good agriculture practices and business mentoring involving the participation of the public and private sectors, universities and social institutions.

Among the agropolitan projects will be collection, processing and packaging centres (CPPC) as well as collection and marketing centres (CMC). These centres will undertake product grading, product planning, inventory control, packaging, distribution and export management for Kelantan's agricultural products.

Under the ECER masterplan, agropolitan parks will be created in Kelantan, including 1,000 ha for an agriculture park at Lojing, Gua Musang, for the cultivation of flowers, herbs and vegetables.

There will also be the development of a 50 ha Satellite Herbal Estate at Kuala Balah in Jeli, which will become a research and training centre in herbal cultivation, including in such plants as Misai Kucing (java tea or kidney tea), Tongkat Ali and ginger.

Another 100 ha at Gua Musang will site a poultry production centre.

An integrated fisheries park will come up at Tok Bali to develop inland fisheries, serving as a centre for research, development of byproducts and marketing.

ECER is the third regional development strategy to be launched by the Prime Minister, the others being the Iskandar Development Region in southern Johor and the Northern Corridor Economic Region.

ECER, whose masterplan development was led by Petronas, covers Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan and the Mersing district in Johor, spanning 66,736 sq km or 51 percent of the peninsula.

The ECER masterplan has five main thrusts - tourism; oil, gas and petrochemicals; manufacturing; agriculture; and education - designed to eradicate economic imbalances, generate economic growth and bolster the capability and knowledge as well as quality of life of the 3.9 million people in the region.

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M’sia to plant more pineapples
Friday January 4, 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR: Pineapple farming will be given a renewed focus under the plantation blueprint outlined in new growth corridors such as the Eastern Corridor Economic Region (ECER).

Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shariff Omar said pineapples were among the fruits given priority under the National Agriculture Policy (1998-2010) and the ministry's Balance of Trade (BOT) plan.

At present, the annual domestic production of pineapples stands at 300,000 tonnes grown on over 15,000ha of land.

Under the BOT plan, the target is to produce one million tonnes by 2010 from an additional 50,000ha.

Malaysia now exports about RM40mil worth of fresh pineapples and another RM50mil in canned pineapple annually, mainly to West Asian countries.

“The pineapple industry is Malaysia’s oldest agro-based, export-oriented industry, dating back to 1888.

“The current domestic per capita consumption of fresh pineapples is about 7.8kg a year.

“Therefore, about 156,000 tonnes of fresh pineapple is required to meet the domestic demand.

“Due to the shortage of the fruit, processing companies like Lee Pineapple Cannery and The Pineapple Canneries of Malaysia are only able to operate at 40% milling capacity,” one industry observer said.

The ECER will have a pineapple integrated development project covering 7,400ha in Pekan and Rompin in Pahang.The overall development will also generate cattle feed from the skin of pineapples that have been processed.

The nucleus farm concept to be adopted will involve the private sector and smallholders.
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January 09, 2008 15:53 PM

Interest In Gold Mining In ECER To Perk Up


KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 9 (Bernama) -- Interest in gold mining within the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) is expected to perk up as the companies would be able to tap into the infrastructure being developed for various state projects.

In a statement here today, the ECER secretariat said London-listed Peninsular Gold Ltd has invested RM60 million to build a state-of-the art carbon-in-leach plant in the ECER.

It said the plant would be able to extract 85 per cent of the gold residue left in the mine's tailings.

Quoting Singapore's Business Times, the ECER secretariat said Peninsular, listed on London's Alternative Investment Market in 2005, planned to capitalise on the soaring global gold prices which hit a record of US$868 (US$1=RM3.27) an oz last week.

Its chairman/chief executive, Datuk Seri Andrew Kam Tai Yeow, said production would start before the end of the third quarter this year.

"I have always believed in gold. I began investing in gold assets when the price was around US$250 and I'm still bullish," said Kam, who owns 53 percent of Peninsular.

He said Peninsular has proven gold reserves of 202,000 oz in his family-owned mine.

"Operating approximately 25,000 oz yearly, the mine should be able to go on for another 10 years," he said.

Kam was optimistic the operations would bring in good margins considering Peninsular's cost of recovering gold from tailings and rock of US$200 an oz and the gold price of US$868 an oz now.

Meanwhile, another of Peninsular's unit has been given the rights to mine gold in 20,000 hectares around Raub.

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Peninsular invests RM60m in ECER

KUALA LUMPUR: London-listed Malaysian gold miner Peninsular Gold Ltd has invested RM60mil in the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) to build a plant in Raub, Pahang, that will be able to extract 85% of the gold residue left in mine tailings.

Tailings are mined ore left behind by previous miners and contain gold that previous technology could not extract.

Peninsular's move is expected to perk up interest in gold mining within ECER, as companies would be able to tap into infrastructure being developed by various state projects, the ECER Secretariat said in a statement.

Peninsular, listed on London's Alternative Investment Market, was tapping into soaring global gold prices which hit a record high last week of US$868 an ounce, the secretariat said.

Production is slated for the end of the third quarter of 2008.

However, chairman and chief executive Andrew Kam Tai Yeow, who owns 53% of Peninsular, said the company could be ahead of schedule and kick off production in June.

Peninsular is a gold mining company with projects located in the vicinity of Raub, which is known its gold mining activities. – AFX-Asia
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Old January 17th, 2008, 06:56 AM   #77
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RM23.5m for infrastructure projects in Pahang
Thursday January 17, 2008
By ROSLINA MOHAMAD
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KUANTAN: Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has drawn up plans to carry out several infrastructure projects for Pahang costing more than RM23.5mil that include developing the Universal Service Provision (USP) programme in five districts.

About RM20mil will be spent in Maran, Pekan, Rompin, Bera and Jerantut districts.

Another project is to build community broadband centres in Kuantan, Maran, Rompin, Bera, Bentong, Lipis and Jerantut at a cost of RM3.5mil.

According to state Science, Innovation, Information and Information Technology Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Sharkar Shamsuddin, plans to build Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) infrastructure in Pahang were designed to complement the development and implementation of the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) blueprint.

Mohd Sharkar said, under the Private Finance Initiative, 70 new telecommunication towers in rural areas, mainly in Felda land schemes, would be built.

He added that the state, through its newly-established wholly-owned company, Pahang Technology Resources Sdn Bhd, was expected to spur ICT growth for economic reasons as well as public convenience.

He said the state and MCMC would organise awareness campaigns on utilising ICT tools and infrastructure by holding exhibitions, seminars on creative content development, workshops and dialogues between the industry and consumers.

On the state’s efforts to ensure ICT facilities were accessible in the state, especially to rural folks, Mohd Sharkar said rural ICT centres were set up in public libraries.

“To date, there are 10 such centres at public libraries in Temerloh, Bentong, Cameron Highlands and Kuantan.

“More ICT centres will be set up this year,” he added.

In a move to encourage ICT-related activities being carried out more actively, ICT Club was established and launched by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob recently, he said.

The state had high hopes that the plans and activities lined up would provide exposure on ICT usage to the public and business community so that they would get the right benefits, Mohd Sharkar said.
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Gold Strike is ECER's new high-yielding corn


THE East Coast Economic Region (ECER) is planting a new breed of high-yielding corn which brings 85 per cent more return on investment.

In a statement yesterday, ECER said the hybrid corn is being introduced by the Hulu Terengganu Department of Agriculture as part of ECER's agriculture initiative.

Under the endeavour, a 200ha farm in Kuala Berang has been earmarked for corn farming which forms a dominant part of the self-sustaining Bachok-Besut-Setiu-Kuala Berang Agro Valley for vegetables and short-term crops.

Terengganu Department of Agriculutre director Mohd Yusof Maidin said based on its study, the Gold Strike sweet corn selected as the new hybrid is the most resistant to plant diseases, gives better revenue, produces bigger ears of corn and has been successfully cultivated.

The initial plantation phase, which started in December 2007, will cover 58ha of land involving 144 farmers.

"Although the cost of growing the Gold Strike hybrid sweet corn is higher than the usual Thai Super Sweet corn, income from the new hybrid is more than double compared to the Thai Super Sweet," said Mohd Yusof.

The cost of planting the hybrid sweet corn is estimated at RM4,832 per ha with an expected income of RM12,600 per ha per seaso,n while the estimated cost of planting Thai Super Sweet corn is about RM3,352 with estimated income of RM5,500 per ha per season.

The corn plantation effort is also expected to provide additional income for local farmers through contract farming with anchor companies.

In 2006, Malaysia imported 200 tonnes of corn worth US$200,000 (RM683,000) from China followed by New Zealand with 140 tonnes worth US$170,000 (RM580,600).

Malaysia also imports 100 tonnes from Thailand worth US$50,000 (RM170,600) and 70 tonnes from the US worth US$80,000 (RM273,000).

The US is the largest corn producer in the world with a total of 270 million tonnes of corn produced annually, commanding almost half of the world's harvest
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Sentoria labur RM110j bangun BGRC

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KUALA LUMPUR 17 Jan. – Pemaju hartanah, Sentoria Harta Sdn. Bhd. melabur kira-kira RM110 juta untuk memajukan Bukit Gambang Resort City (BGRC) di Kuantan, Pahang.

Pembangunan pusat peranginan itu membabitkan pembinaan taman tema air seluas 24 hektar dan hotel Caribbean Bay Resort yang merangkumi 420 suite keluarga dan 140 suite studio.

Pengurus Kewangannya, Heap Wei Guan berkata, pembinaan taman tema air itu merupakan yang perta- ma dan terbesar di Pantai Timur dan ia dijangka siap pada 2009.

‘‘Setakat ini semua orang hanya tahu tentang Bukit Merah (Laketown Resort) dan Sunway Lagoon dan dengan lokasi BGRC yang terletak di tepi Lebuh Raya Pantai Timur, pusat peranginan ini akan menjadi tumpuan pengunjung terutama sekali penduduk Pantai Timur yang memerlukan tempat percutian,” katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia baru-baru ini.

Taman tema air itu akan dilengkapi dengan pantai buatan sepanjang satu kilometer, taman rimba dan kemudahan hiburan seperti kolam renang berombak terbesar di negara ini dan struktur pulau fantasi kanak-kanak.

Caribbean Bay Resort yang menelan belanja ki ra-kira RM80 juta itu pula dibina untuk menyediakan kemudahan kediaman berkelas kepada semua pengunjung, kata Wei Guan

“Pusat penginapan ini mampu didiami oleh semua lapisan masyarakat dan ia bukan sahaja untuk keluarga tetapi juga sesuai untuk aktiviti korporat,” jelas beliau.

Menurut Wei Guan, Sentoria turut menawarkan pakej pelaburan menarik kepada pembeli dalam perjanjian pajakan selama lima tahun.

Jelasnya, pembangunan tersebut menjanjikan pu langan sebanyak RM60,000 dalam tempoh tersebut menerusi sewaan kepada pembeli suite keluarga dengan pelaburan sebanyak RM1,000 sebulan.

Beliau berkata, selain daripada kedu-dua projek tersebut, Sentoria juga kini dalam proses membina beberapa tempat tarikan pelancong di BGRC me rangkumi Taman Rimba, Taman Pengembaraan, Bazar Pantai Timur dan Pusat Warisan.

Tambahnya, syarikat juga akan membangunkan kawasan perumahan dikenali Desa Hijauan yang membabitkan pembinaan 900 buah rumah dan 41 buah rumah kedai di atas tapak seluas 40 hektar berhampiran BGRC.
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ECER plants corn hybrid for 85% jump in returns
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KUALA TERENGGANU: A new breed of high-yielding corn, which is tagged the Gold Strike sweet corn that brings 85% more return on investment (ROI), is being introduced by the Hulu Terengganu Department of Agriculture as part of an agriculture initiative under the East Coast Economic Region (ECER).

Earmarked to be farmed at a 200-hectare site in Kuala Berang, corn farming formed a dominant part of the self-sustaining Bachok-Besut-Setiu-Kuala Berang Agro Valley for vegetables and short-term corps, ECER Secretariat said in a statement yesterday.

It said the estimated cost of planting the hybrid sweet corn was at RM4,832 per hectare with expected income of RM12,600 per hectare per season, while the estimated cost of planting Thai super sweet (TSS) corn was RM3,352 with estimated income of RM5,500 per hectare per season.

ECER said the initial plantation phase, starting December 2007, would cover 58 hectares of land involving 144 farmers.

The Gold Strike sweet corn was selected by the Agriculture Department based on a study which showed the new hybrid to be most resistant to plant diseases. The study also showed the hybrid produces higher ears of corn.

Corn plantation efforts are expected to reduce the import of agriculture goods. In 2006, Malaysia imported 200 tonnes of corns worth US$200,000 (RM683,000) from China, followed by New Zealand with 140 tonnes worth US$170,000.

Malaysia also imports 100 tonnes from Thailand worth US$50,000 and 70 tonnes from the US worth US$80,000.
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