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Movement of trade better with 24-hour checkpoint

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KANGAR — April 12, 2017: Opening the Padang Besar customs, immigration and and quarantine (CIQ) complex will
increase trade and cargo movement from southern Thailand to Malaysia.

Currently the limited operation hours cause congestion when business resumes the next day.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man informed the state assembly which ended its sitting today that the state government was told of the proposed extension by the federal government. The plan is still being discussed with Thailand.

He also told the house that the Malaysian Investment Development Authority reported that Perlis attracted investments worth RM707 million last year compared to just over RM67 million in 2015.

However the report only took into account the manufacturing sector and did not include services, agriculture, housing
and construction.

State Agriculture and Agro-based Industry executive councillor Ahmad Bakri Ali said 1,073 hectares of padi fields under the Muda Agricultural Development Authority area have the potential to be cultivated five times within two years.

State Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Mat Hassan said the government was reviewing the suitability of the ceiling price for affordable houses set by the housing and local government unit at RM300,000 per
unit.

“This is being considered seriously by the state government because nearly 70 per cent of the population have a household income of only below RM5,000 per month,” he said when replying to Datuk Ismail Kassim (BN-Tambun Tulang).

Between 2014 and this year, 1,664 units of affordable houses were built and are being built, with 1, 282 units already sold or occupied.

In addition, the  Perbadanan Program Perumahan 1Malaysia (PR1MA) has approved 5,595 units to be built in Chuping, Kuala Perlis, Indera Kayangan, Sena, Tambun Tulang and Padang Siding. — Bernama

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