Proton City to start up again

IPOH - The stalled Proton City project in Tanjung Malim is set to be re-ignited after it came to a standstill 15 years ago, said Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir.

DRB-Hicom has briefed the state government on plans to reactivate the project on a 1,618.7ha piece of land there, he said.

"The company has come up with a new and comprehensive plan and hopes to set up the automotive city within five years, or even by 2015," he told reporters after the state executive council meeting here yesterday.

"It plans to invest RM1bil and make Tanjung Malim the main Proton car manufacturing centre," he added.

"This is a big plan and it will be a major landmark in Tanjung Malim."

Dr Zambry said DRB-Hicom had not fully developed Tanjung Malim as an automotive city, adding: "We had told the company earlier that we will take back the land for other industries if it fails to initiate any development there."

Dr Zambry said only about 30 per cent of the land had been used, the bulk of it for Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris.

The Mentri Besar said while numerous residential areas were developed, Tanjung Malim still lacked commercial areas and this needed to be addressed.

He said there was also a need for another exit or slip-road from the project site to the North-South Expressway.

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