Source: The Star / 25 November 2017

THE Perak government has spent about RM6mil to organise the Pangkor Dialogue since in 2014.

Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said the money spent through its think-tank Institut Darul Ridzuan (IDR) should be viewed as a long-term investment as it would provide invaluable returns to both the state and its people.

“Pangkor Dialogue has helped boost Perak’s economic activities, especially in the hospitality and tourism industries.

“Almost all hotels, three-star and above, enjoyed an occupancy rate of over 90% during the dialogue from Sept 9 to 12,” he said in reply to an oral question by Radzi Zainon (PAS-Sungai Rapat) at the state assembly sitting on Thursday.

“In 2016, the dialogue spurred various positive economic impacts worth RM7.4mil, whereas this year it was RM9.5mil.

“The amount this year does not include the impact obtained through the Perak Festival of Ideas held in conjunction with the dialogue,” he said, adding that the overall impact of both the dialogue and the festival this year was around RM31mil.

In addition, Dr Zambry added the Dialogue accelerated Perak’s image by being a conducive location for experts and leading global leaders to gather and discuss global issues.

“The presence of prominent figures brought about continuous positive change for Perak. For example, Ipoh is now recognised as the fifth Social Business City in the world.

“Former Nasa astronaut Catherine Cady Coleman’s presence this year successfully opened collaboration opportunities to move Perak towards space tourism,” he said.

Coleman was one of the main speakers at the Pangkor Dialogue earlier this year. – filepic

Dr Zambry added the resolutions and input obtained from Pangkor Dialogue would be recorded and analysed by IDR before being presented to the state government.

“We will look at ways to expand the implementation of social business initiatives and improve the state’s administration,” he said.