Tanjung Malim is set to see significant growth and progression over the next five years, with DRB-Hicom planning to ramp up development of Proton City.

According to a Bernama report. the corporation is set to inject more than RM1 billion into developing the area, which is home to the Proton Tanjung Malim assembly plant.

Over the next half-decade, the sleepy-hollow place and its surrounding areas will be transformed into a vibrant automotive town, Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir told reporters. When Proton City – which began in 1996 – is fully developed, it is expected to have a population of about 240,000.

At the moment, only 30% of the 1,618 hectares has been developed, Zambry explained, adding that the state government had conferred with DRB-Hicom on plans to develop the area.

Plans are afoot to build up the infrastructure in and around Tanjung Malim, including building an access road to Proton City from the North-South Expressway to ease the movement of Proton vehicles being brought out of Proton City. A commercial centre and a school is also slated to be built in the area.