With the completion of UPSI and a new highway, the economy of Teluk Itan is expected to receive a major boost.
The development outlook for Teluk Intan is very positive; Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Dato’ Mah Siew Keong is full of confidence especially in the University City project.
According to him it has been a lapse of so many years since the country has not set up any new university, the Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) costing about RM168 million will be the latest university in the country.
The UPSI teachers training university project was first mooted by him in June 2014, the land acquisition process has just been completed recently, and is expected to complete by three to four years’ time. The first intake of students will be five years later with 1,000 enrollments. In addition to the vocational schools in the district, Teluk Intan is poised to be the education hub of Hilir Perak by 2020.
Another project that is going to breathe new life into the economy of Teluk Intan is the West-Coast Expressway (WCE). He said the highway which link Taiping in the north and Banting in the south with a total distance of 316 km will pass through Teluk Intan. The highway project is scheduled to be completed by 2019 and will shorten the distance from Penang as well as from Kuala Lumpur to Teluk Intan by 45 minutes.
He foresees the project will enable Teluk Intan to become financial and commercial centre in Hilir Perak. There are three parliamentary constituencies in Hilir Perak namely Teluk Intan, Pasir Salak and Bagan Datuk.
Soil erosion problem is being tackled
In addition, Mah is also concerned with the soil erosion problem besieging Teluk Intan for a long time. Some pessimists even predicted that Teluk Intan will become an island one day. The first phase of the flood project starts in end of 2015 but the remedial works have been carried out for over a year including the upgrading of drainage system in Pekan Baru which costs RM4.2 million.
He said once the development projects involving UPSI, WCE and the flood prevention project are completed, there is no limit to the future of Teluk Intan.
However, his ideal went further than that, he has also concerned with the life of the youth. On this, 20 Futsal courts are in the proses of building and upgrading over the next 4 years. Young residents in Teluk Intan had to go to Sabak Bernam stadium for sports activities in the past, but now a mini stadium is to be built on a partial land next to SMK Seri Kandi Teluk Intan.
Mah also said community internet centres will be set up at 4 locations including wifi hotspots in Dataran Menara Condong & other locations. Unifi is currently in development and expected to be operational in phases.
Teluk Intan with its unique conditions is conducive in the promotion of tourism. Mah Siew Keong said the National Chinese New Year Open House 2015 was held in Teluk Intan for the first time, the Chinese ambassador Huang Huikang had visited the Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan while it has also showcased event with over 1,600 paper pandas and Miss Tourism International 2014.