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Old December 20th, 2006, 12:46 PM   #1
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Pahang to start tech park in Gambang

Pahang to start tech park in Gambang
Wednesday December 20, 2006

KUANTAN: Pahang will develop 432ha of land in Gambang here as a technology park that would include components such as a halal food hub, biotechnology, an information and communication technology (ICT) centre and an agritech centre.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said the project would create activities that would bring about value-added products and boost growth in related sectors under the 9th Malaysia Plan.

“The state will work closely with the Federal Government to develop Gambang as the main technology park in the eastern corridor.

“We are also drafting a biotechnology masterplan to exploit the rich natural resources in the state,” he said during the launching of the draft Pahang Structural Plan at the MS Garden Hotel here recently.

He said the state has the biggest permanent forest cover in the peninsula at 1.55 million hectares while peat land was 97,400ha.

With tax incentives and competitive land prices, investors would be drawn to set up their plants and make products such as vaccines and medicines through biotechnology research, he added.

Adnan said Biotech Corporation, an agency formed to realise the national biotechnology objectives, had already identified 100 potential companies that could churn out products commercially.

“Activities generated from biotechnology are expected to contribute products worth between RM45bil and RM3.15tril from 2006 to 2010.”

He said the industrial sector was expected to see rapid growth once a biodiesel berth measuring 240m is completed in the second quarter of next year.

It would be used to handle biodiesel cargoes from factories in the Kuantan Port industrial area, he added.

“Pahang has some 500,000ha of land planted with palm oil trees and its potential in the biodiesel production is huge.

“As such, value-added activities should be expedited and more factories must be encouraged to set up operations here,” said Adnan.

The mentri besar also said the state would work with Malaysian Development Corporation to draw up a blueprint on developing ICT, agro-biotechnology, education, logistics and services, telecommunications and defence.

The venture, expected to cost some RM12bil, would be the state’s new source of income and guide Pahang to obtain the Multimedia Super Corridor status, he added.

The centres of growth would be at Putra Square, Tanjung Lumpur and Gambang, he said.

On the development of the Eastern Economy Corridor, Adnan said the state had held a series of meetings with Petronas which would play a key role in an area that stretched from Chukai in the north to Pekan in the south.
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Old December 20th, 2006, 12:50 PM   #2
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Waoh!! Pahang is in great development. Tech park baby!! Is this the only tech park in peninsular??
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Old December 20th, 2006, 01:22 PM   #3
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Kulim Hi-Tech Park now MSC Cybercity, Kedah also got!
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and malacca oso got Hang Tuah Jaya with MSC status
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Pahang gets RM76m to promote hi-tech activities
News Monday May 7, 2007

KUANTAN: The state government has received RM76mil under the 9th Malaysian Plan to promote activities related to information, technology and communication (ICT), biotechnology and biodiversity.

This includes the development of Gambang Technology Park that involves the construction of the ICT buildings and biotechnology laboratories, buying equipment and providing basic infrastructure.

State Science, Innovation, Information and Information Technology Committee Chairman Datuk Mohd Sharkar Shamsuddin said the sum also included RM30mil which was a special allocation set aside by the Finance Ministry to ensure Gambang Technology Park moved in the right direction.

"An action plan is required to see to it that the development of ICT, biodiversity and biotechnology is made in line with aspirations of the Government.

"As such, the state government has agreed to appoint Universiti Malaysia Pahang as the consultant to draft the master plan," he said here recently.

He added that the state government had also identified several areas in biotechnology that had the potential to help fill up the state's coffers and the focus would be on agro-biotechnology, healthcare biotechnology and industrial biotechnology.

The herbal industry was an area with such potential and there were a few major projects which had been approved, Mohd Sharkar said.

"Among them are herbal bio-technology centre owned by Technology Park Malaysia and the formation of Felda Herba Cor-poration that specialises in re-search and development work.

"The Pahang government also hopes to get the cooperation from Malaysian Industry Government Group (MIGHT) to develop a herbal valley project in the state that aims to produce entrepreneurs who can grow and manufacture herbs commercially," he said.

Mohd Sharkar also said in order to further strengthen its hold on biotechnology, a government-linked company - Pahang Tech-nology Resources Sdn Bhd (PTR), had been established with the objective to see the expansion of biotechnology-related ventures.

In the offing was a Pahang Technology Park that would act as a catalyst to spur high-tech related industries and if this were to take off, it would be the first of such parks in the east coast region, he added.

On efforts to ensure ICT was moving accordingly, a Cyber Centre was already taking shape in Kuantan, Mohd Sharkar said.

"The Cyber Centre will serve as an ICT hub for the eastern region and its launch will be held soon.

"Investors will be invited to set up operations in Cyber Centre that covers three areas - Kuantan, Gambang and Tanjung Lumpur," he added.

He also said the state government estimated investments worth RM170mil to be based in Cyber Centre between 2007 and 2012.
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