Background

Immensely rich in history, culture and heritage, Perak boasts of tradition of eras gone by and mores since time
immemorial. Despite its deep historical and cultural setting, a modern state begins to dawn, fully aware of its
potential in today’s ultra-modern and rapidly evolving business and economic landscape. As the Malaysian economy
has progressed from a heavy dependence on commodities towards industrialisation, Perak is fast developing its own
economy in the same direction, particularly since the heydays of tin are long gone.

The last decade saw a new phase in Perak’s industrial development with the rapid growth of the manufacturing
sector spearheaded by new local and foreign investments, with an increasing emphasis on production for the export
market. This phase of development has its roots in the State’s enthusiastic and pro-active support for the
industrialisation process, resulting in the upgrading of infrastructural facilities, improvement of public and private
sector services and introduction of an array of attractive incentives to investors. Situated in the west of Peninsular
Malaysia, Perak has a fine network of State routes. The arterial North-South highway that runs through the state,
leading to the seaports of Penang in the north, Klang in the south, and Lumut in the south-west is complemented by
an excellent rail service running parallel to the highway. Perak is also a gateway to the east coast via wellestablished
highways. Well-developed road and aerial transport systems render complete and rapid access to and
from major cities in Malaysia, via Ipoh the capital city of Perak. Also known as the Land of Grace, Perak’s potential
for tourism is beyond doubt, boasting ageless architectural splendour, island resorts, virgin tropical jungles, natural
recreational parks and a host of specialised museums. All in all, today Perak strives to build a modern and
diversified economy in line with the Federal Government’s policies and supported by the manufacturing, agriaquaculture,
construction and property, and the services industries that include tourism, education and utilities.