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PM Najib unveils slew of initiatives to promote Langkawi island

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pictured) has planned for 18 new initiatives to help raise the standard of living in Langkawi island to “a greater level”.

According to Bernama, the initiatives will help develop the tourism industry, but also offer the island’s business, public infrastructure, lifestyle and recreation with more opportunities. Meanwhile, PM Najib said that a Chinese company will collaborate with Tourism Malaysia to produce 40 promotional videos on Langkawi, which will be viewed by consumers in both countries. Approximately RM25,000 to RM250,000 has been allocated by SME Bank to finance Langkawi traders operating chalets, motels and retail outlets, totalling RM100 million.

The PM added a grant of RM5,000 each will be given to 1,000 small traders beginning 1 June 2018. Additionally, the Bumiputera Agenda Steering Unit (TERAJU) will also set aside funds to finance small businesses. The funds will come in the form of grants of up to RM10,000 to 200 entrepreneurs.

Meanwhile, the government will also allocate RM12 million to empower the Langkawi Tourism Academy, as well as develop a business hub at Pantai Chenang based on the Chatuchak market in Bangkok, Thailand. A private sector investment of RM200 million will also allow a premium outlet to be built in Langkawi, along with a private hospital as a health tourism attraction. Additionally, a motocross circuit will be built in Langkawi, and efforts will also be made to boost the tourism segment of meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions on the island.

The Langkawi International Airport, which is currently being expanded and has the ability to accommodate three million tourists a year, is expected to complete in September 2018. PM Najib added that the government is formulating a strategy to attract foreign airlines to launch direct flights.

Also, the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation will tie-up with the Malaysian Malay Chamber of Commerce to train 1,000 digital entrepreneurs in Langkawi until the end of 2018. An urban transformation centre was also set up on the island to allow the acceleration of permits and licence approval matters.

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