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No Wonder why Perak Remains the 2nd Poorest State in Malaysia - Koon Yew Yin

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Last night I saw the following article from theedgemarket:

Perak to build National Rocket and Aerospace Innovation Centre

LANGKAWI (March 29): The Perak State Development Corporation (PKNP), through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Perak 4.0 Industry Sdn Bhd (Perak 4.0), will collaborate with Lestari Advanced Technology Sdn Bhd (LATSB) to develop the National Rocket and Aerospace Innovation Centre.

Perak 4.0 chief executive officer and director Mohd Ariff Yeop Ishak said through the collaboration, LATSB will develop the innovation centre on a piece of 30.9 hectare industrial land owned by PKNP in Tanjung Batu, Manjung in Perak.

"This project is set to become the country’s first local rocket and propulsion technology centre in the defence industry," he told reporters after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in conjunction with the five-day Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2019 which ends tomorrow.

Mohd Ariff signed the MoU on behalf of Perak 4.0 while LATSB was represented by its managing director, Ahmad Joahari Abu Bakar. It was witnessed by Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu.

Mohd Ariff said the development of the first phase of the innovation centre is expected to cost between RM30 million and RM40 million and is expected to be completed in 2024.

"The development entails the construction of administrative office, chemical, propellant, structural and production, and avionics and electronics buildings, as well as their designs," he said.

He said the second phase of the innovation centre is expected to commence in 2024 involving the construction of additional buildings, and their costs have yet to be ascertained.

Besides investment from LATSB, the first phase of the project is expected to attract domestic and foreign direct investment of RM200 million, he said, adding that 1,000 highly-skilled jobs will be created by 2020 and 8,000 by 2040.

“This collaborative project will also place Malaysia as the first country in the ASEAN region to offer launching and countdown management services for NANO and PICO satellites," he said.

Perak was once the richest state:

After I read the above article, I do not wonder any more why the Perak MB stopped my appointment as one of the economy advisers. I have also stopped wondering why Perak remains the 2nd poorest state in Malaysia.

Malaysia was once the largest tin producer in the world and Perak produced more than half of the total production. The first car was registered in Perak. That is why A was the number plate of the first registered car in Malaysia. 

All Malaysians especially the Perak elected members must know that the USA, the richest nation in the world, has already spent billions of US$ in their space programme.         

The American space program:


Start date


Mercury program


First U.S. crewed program

Gemini program


Program used to practice space rendezvous and EVAs

Apollo program


Brought first human to the Moon



The crewed missions only took place in 1973 and 1974; first American space station.


As of 2018, there have been 18 astronaut and cosmonaut fatalities during spaceflight. Astronauts have also died while training for space missions, such as the Apollo 1 launch pad fire which killed an entire crew of three. There have also been some non-astronaut fatalities during spaceflight-related activities.

China space program:

In early January 2019, China had succeeded in sending a rocket to land on the far side of the moon.

My contribution to Pakatan Harapan:

I am very disappointed with our elected members. During the last general election, I donated more than Rm 100,000 to each of the 4 component parties of Pakatan Harapan. Moreover, I campaigned for each of them.  




If Perak does not stop wasting Rm 30-40 million and 30.9 hectare of industrial land, I am very sure Perak will lose in the next general election to BN.       

I hope our Prime Minster Tun Dr Mahathir will stop Perak from wasting money and land on this aerospace project.



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