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MSC doing well, says govt

 | October 22, 2012

The federal government denies that Malaysia's multimedia hub in Cyberjaya is heading nowhere, adding that it is doing well instead.

KUALA LUMPUR: Putrajaya denied that the Multimedia Super Corridor – Malaysia’s version of the Silicon Valley- has been a failure.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department SK Devamany said this in a response to PAS-Kubang Kerian MP Salahuddin Ayub, who alleged as such.

Speaking in the Dewan Rakyat, Devamany said: “I want to say that this is slander and an incorrect perception, because the MSC is a very successful company (venture).”

At the time, Salahuddin had asked if the Iskandar Malaysia project in Johor would end up like the MSC, claiming that the latter was going “nowehere”.

This concern was also raised by Umno-Ledang MP Hamim Samuri, who also asked if MSC was in such a state.

To this, Devamany said that attempts to term the MSC as a “white elephant” was slander.

“I don’t agree with him at all (Salahuddin). Since the MSC started… the number of companies [connected with the MSC] is more than 4,000, the number of jobs created is more than 120,000,” he said.

He added that only 11,000 jobs were held by foreigners.

The MSC was introduced by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad as a means to create a multimedia hub.

In recent years, its purported success has been called into question by Malaysia’s opposition.

In one example last year, DAP-Petaling Jaya MP Tony Pua alleged that the MSC did not do as well as most hype suggested despite a slew of government-laid incentives.


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