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Kulim International Airport project to be tabled at next NEC meeting

ALOR STAR: The proposed Kulim International Airport (KXP) has not been shelved as the state government and the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) are still discussing the project with the Federal government.
In fact, the proposal for the project will be presented at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak next month.
The state Transports Committee chairman Datuk Tajul Urus Mat Zain said the Kedah government is committed in realising the project and work to secure approval from the Federal government on the multibillion ringgit project has been ongoing.
Tajul told the state legislative assembly today that on May 25, the project consultant KLIA Consultancy Services Sdn Bhd had presented the air space plan for KXP to Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, through the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA).
"Based on the discussion, the minister advised us to conduct further discussions with the Department of Civil Aviation," he said in respond to a question from (PAN-Pengkalan Kundur) Datuk Phahrolrazi Zawawi.
He added that on June 15, the NCIA held a meeting with the Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan, who heads the Economic Planning Unit (EPU).
"Based on the discussion, the minister has agreed for the project to be tabled for the second time to the National Economic Council which will be chaired by the prime minister this September," he said.
Tajul said on July 11, EPU deputy director-general Datuk Allaudin Anuar has suggested to the state government and NCIA to review the proposed cost, design and project financing model while seeking the latest opinion from the Transport Ministry and the DCA before presenting the proposal to the NEC.
"The latest (update), on July 24, a discussion was held with MasKargo chief executive officer Ahmad Luqman Mohd Azmi and he has agreed to study the project proposal before making a commercial decision," he said.
In early 2015, the Kedah government had proposed to build a new international airport for Kedah to tap into the growing air cargo and logistic sector.
The project was mooted as the Penang International Airport was edging towards its maximum annual passenger flights capacity, at the expense of the air cargo movement.
This has resulted in some of the factories in Penang being forced to use land transports to ship their goods to Port Klang and other destinations down south.
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