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Kulim High-Tech Park to benefit most from proposed airport
Published on: Friday, January 16, 2015

Kedah: The proposed international airport in Sungai Petani near here will help boost investments in Kedah, particularly to the Kulim High Tech Park (KHTP), Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said. He said KHTP would definitely become the main recipient of the investments as the proposed airport would be only 30 minutes away via a new highway.

Even though it will be located in Sungai Petani, he said the airport would still be known as the Kulim Airport.

"With the new airport, we (the state government) anticipate more investments will flow into Kulim High Tech Park as well as spur current tenants to expand their business and relocate other facilities there," he said Thursday.

The menteri besar was attending the First Solar Inc's global celebration of 10 GigaWatt (GW) installed panel milestone achievement and the official opening of the Monocrystalline (Tetrasun) manufacturing facility in KHTP here.

Mukhriz said since its inception in 1996, KHTP, being the largest high-technology industrial park in the northern region of the peninsula, had received RM34 billion foreign and local investments.

The Kedah government has proposed the development of a new airport, expected to cost RM1.6 billion, in the highly industrialised-Kulim to cater to an influx of travellers to the northern region.

On KHTP's expansion, Mukhriz said the state government was having discussions with several potential investors, who were keen to set up new plants, including their research and development divisions, in KHTP.

Expressing his support for the proposed airport, First Solar chief executive officer James A Hughes said as transportation was a critical factor in drawing investments, First Solar, being among the largest photo voltaic solar energy company in the world, looked forward to the development. –Bernama



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