Govt to continue Rubber City project in Padang Terap

Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok Suh Sim (left) says the ministry hopes to work with the state government to expedite the project. (Bernama pic)

ALOR SETAR: The government will continue the Rubber City project in Padang Terap to further develop the rubber industry as well as to help improve the living standards of the locals.

Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok Suh Sim said the ministry hoped to work with the state government to look for the best approach to expedite the project.

“We intend to continue with this project. The Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) will consult with various parties. We think this project can help Kedahans and also the rubber industry,” she said.

She was speaking at a press conference after officiating the three-day National Rubber Industry Conference 2018 here today.

Present were Kok’s deputy, Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin, and MRC director-general Zairossani Mohd Nor.

In the 2016 Budget, the previous Barisan Nasional government had allocated RM320 million for the project.

Zairossani said MRC had assisted the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) and the state government to develop the project’s development plan.

He said at the moment, the authorities were at the stage of land acquisition and planning for the development.

“We have assisted the NCIA and the state government on the development plans. I think at present they are at the land acquisition stage, still in the planning stage,” he said.