ALOR SETAR – The relationship between the Kedah state government and the federal government should always be looked after to ensure that all development plans could be realised, said the Chairman of the Kedah Council of Regency.
According to Tunku Sallehuddin ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah, this was because the state government depended on the assistance and support of the federal goverment to push the state’s economy to the higher level.
“Recently, there was a reshuffle in the cabinet. Thus, I urge the state assembly members, particularly in the state executive council (Exco) to strengthen their relationship with the federal goverment’s new line-up.
“By having and maintaining a strong relationship between the state and federal governments, I am confident that Kedah will be able to be a prosperous state by 2020,” he said.
Tunku Sallehuddin, who is also the Tunku Temenggong of Kedah, said this when officiating the opening of the third term of the Kedah State Legislative Assembly at Wisma Darulaman here, today, which was also attended by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, Exco members and state senior officers.
Tunku Sallehuddin also hoped that Kedah will receive many projects which could boost economic growth and at the same time fulfill the people’s needs.
“Even though some of the projects will take quite some time to be completed, I am confident this could be done and give a stong impact upon completion,” he said.
He hoped the Kulim International Airport (KXP) proposal could be realised as the federal government would give it a serious attention.
“I believe that the KXP project proposed by the state government will be able to trigger state economic growth in the northern states and particularly in Kedah,” he said.
If the KXP proposal was approved, Tunku Sallehuddin said, the project would provide job opportunities, and it could also attract industry players such as in the aviation industry.
He also noted that Kedah should be given an additional allocation by the federal government for sparing up to 240,000 hectares of forest land for the paddy planting project and dams. – BERNAMA