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Insufficient basic facility main factor for lack of investment in Kelantan
KOTA BARU: Insufficient basic facility was the main factor foreign investors not keen to invest in Kelantan, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said.
He said based on the ministry's experience during its investment promotion programme abroad, the investors were more keen to invest in countries with better and proper basic facilities.
"Kelantan is publicly known as one of the states in Malaysia that receives the smallest amount of investment. We have to work harder because we need better basic facilities like paved roads, water supply, ports and international airport," he told reporters after opening the MITI Driving Transformation programme here today.
Mustapa, who is also Kelantan Umno chief, said with only small amount of investments, not many job opportunities could be created in Kelantan, hence causing many of its young people to work in other states.
"We never prevent foreign investors from coming to Kelantan. We promote the state just like any other state, but Kelantan has an issue. It has insufficient basic facility. We have to tackle this issue before we can lure the investors," he said.
When asked whether the Kelantan people should give the mandate to Barisan Nasional to take over the state at the incoming 13th general election, Mustapa said:
"We think we are capable of doing that. We have vast experience in managing and turning a poor country that used to depend on its agriculture sector into a country which has diversified sources of economy.
"We are offering our experience to the people in Kelantan and we hope they will make the right choice, so that Kelantan can be developed," he added. -- BERNAMA