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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

(The Star) Perak wants a new airport

An official proposal to build a new airport in the state is expected to be submitted to the Federal Government soon, Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said.

Declining to elaborate further on when, Zambry said the state government is now fine-tuning the proposal and will make an announcement once it is ready.

“There are still some details needed and we are working closely with the Transport Ministry and the Department of Civil Aviation on the proposal.

“As you all know, we have been having a series of discussions (with the Federal Government) to build a new airport,” he told reporters after going on air in the “Selamat Pagi Perak Bersama Dr Zambry” programme at the Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah Complex (formerly known as the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Ministry building) in Ipoh on Monday.

“We are also working out whether it will be a cooperation with the private sector or just with the government,” he said.

Zambry said the location for the airport has been identified, noting that the terrain there will not pose any issues.

“The area will be quite big. It can accommodate a 3.5km runway for large airplanes.

“It’s not too near the nearest busy airport, in Penang and it’s also not too far from Ipoh,” he said.

“It’s also a growth area,” he added.

Zambry also hinted that the location for the new airport was named before, but was shelved as it was chosen for other development projects.

“We are now looking at the location again and we hope that the location chosen will be approved by the Federal Government,” he said.

Zambry said there is also a plan to set up a small airport at Hulu Perak.

“It’s going to be a simple facility, to be developed on an existing airstrip there, to allow small planes to land there.

“It will then serve as a catalyst for more potential development in the area, from Lenggong to Pengkalan Hulu,” he said.

On another unrelated matter, Dr Zambry said he will meet with Kubu Gajah Assemblyman Ahmad Hasbullah Alias on the latter’s decision not contest in the next general election.

Ahmad Hasbullah made his decision known during a press conference on Sunday though he had not conveyed the matter personally to Zambry.

“We have no issues. Maybe he think it’s time for him step aside.

“It’s just that I can’t comment much now until I meet him personally,” Zambry said, adding that he too learned about the assemblyman’s decision from the media.