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PADANG BESAR: Malaysia's smallest state, Perlis, promises high-speed broadband connectivity for its residents and investors by next year.
The RM43 million project, which covers the entire state, is a colla-boration between the Perlis government, Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) and Telekom Malaysia Bhd.
Its Menteri Besar Azlan Man said the project will be carried out in two phases. Work on the first phase, which will cover Kangar and Arau, will start early next month.
"The estimated cost for the project in Kangar alone is about RM12 million. Once Phase One is concluded, work on Phase Two in Padang Besar, will resume."
Information and communications technology is a must if Perlis is to attract investors, adding that a mega project such as this will have a spillover effect on the entire state, said Azlan at a "Perlis Maju 2015" programme yesterday.
Meanwhile, NCIA chief executive Datuk Redza Rafiq Abdul Razak said the project is meant to generate a condusive environment for the private sector and the people of Perlis.
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