The Kedah government plans to expand the Kulim Hi-Tech Park (KHTP) and the automotive industry in Gurun as both have become the focus of foreign investors in the state, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir.
The high-tech park and industrial area were luring investors and continuous efforts would be made to increase the number of investors to these areas, he said. .
"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 told reporters at the end of his three-day visit to the Mie Perfecture on Tuesday.
Mukhriz also said a rubber city, a science and technology park and a medical technology park were in the pipeline to be established soon.
"We hope Japanese investors will partner us in the science and technology park," he said, adding that the state government have taken many initiatives to locate industrial parks in strategic locations in order to attract investors.
"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 added.