The Kedah government plans to expand the Kulim Hi-Tech Park (KHTP) and Gurun’s automotive industry, as both have attracted foreign investors to the state, Bernama reports.

Chief minister Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir said efforts will be made to further increase the number of investors in these areas.

“As I see it, the Kulim Hi-Tech Park is a ‘crowd-puller’ among investors as the management is aggressive in promoting itself overseas. And, in Gurun, the automotive industry is massive.

“It’s our aim to expand both the KHTP and the automotive industry,” he said, adding that a rubber city, a science and technology park and a medical technology park are planned to be established soon.

Official Rollout of the Hyundai Elantra for export (L-R Hideki Yanagisawa, Rizal Jailan and HK Kim)

“We hope Japanese investors will partner us in the science and technology park,” said the chief minister, adding that the state government has taken many initiatives to locate industrial parks in strategic locations with the aim of enticing investors.

“(If) in Bukit Kayu Hitam, it is located adjacent to southern Thailand. If in Kulim and Sungai Petani, new industrial parks are coming up near the Kulim International Airport and they are not far from the port, railway and highways. This is the extra edge that we can offer these investors in order to attract them to the state,” he said.

Two major automotive manufacturing facilities are located in Kedah – Inokom’s Kulim plant (which also assembles for Hyundai, BMW, MINI, Mazda and the Ford Transit) and Naza’s Gurun plant (which assembles Peugeots, Citroens, Kias, the Great Wall M4 and possibly from July 2016, BAIC electric vehicles).

Additionally, Mukhriz revealed last year that a 1.6 km race circuit is planned to be built in Sungai Petani. When it is completed in 2016 or 2017, the ‘Kedah Circuit’ will be the northern motorsports hub, and be near the proposed Kulim International Airport.