Malacca aims to become second largest malaysian city
Undaunted by its small size, Malacca is setting its sights on becoming a metropolis in five years.
"Everything looks positive for us to be the second largest city (after Kuala Lumpur) with the commitment from the Guangdong province government of China," said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron, referring to investments from the Chinese city.
He said Malacca had been working towards ensuring a RM20bil investment from China in the next five years.
"The recent state government's delegation to Guangdong has opened up opportunities," he said in an interview.
Idris said he was also courting investors from Italy and other European countries to invest in tourism and industries.
"I will put my heart and soul into making Malacca a modern city in a few years' time," he said.
Idris said the geographical location of Malacca and its effective infrastructure had been a yardstick for the Chinese investors.
Malacca, he said, was also nestled among other major cities along the southern development corridor.
"We also have a unique kaleidoscope of cultures," he said, citing the thriving Peranakan culture.
He said Malacca had great potential to be an international seaport by 2025 with the fiscal commitment from Guangdong.
"Guangdong will start to construct harbour facilities here to turn Malacca into a top nautical hub in this region on par with Singapore," said Idris.
He said Guandong was also looking at unveiling another airport as a catalyst to the joint development of tourism and industrial development in Malacca.
Idris said residents in Malacca should alter their mindset to become big thinkers in view of the state’s vision to become Malaysia's second largest city.
Source: The Star