SHAH ALAM, Oct 17 – The Selangor Barisan Nasional (BN) plans to have a massive New Year’s Eve Countdown for the 2013 event under the auspices of ‘Sayangi Selangor, Yakini BN’ at the I-City theme park in Section 7 here on Dec 31, says its co-ordinator, Datuk Seri Md Zin Mohamed.
He said the event was aimed at portraying the growing support by the people for BN in Selangor, and BN’s continued commitment towards development in the state.
“At last year’s New Year’s Eve Countdown event attended by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, we attracted more than 150,000 people. At the recent Selangor BN Hari Raya open house in Sungai Buloh attended by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, we had more than 300,000 people there.
“We hope that Selangor BN’s countdown at I-City this year will be an even bigger event,” he said after visiting I-City’s latest tourist attractions here today.
Md Zin, the MP for Sepang, who is leading the charge with other BN leaders to win back Selangor from Pakatan Rakyat, said feedback and support from the people in Selangor was growing, especially in the last two years.
“We know where we had gone wrong in the past, and we are now here to correct the mistakes and serve the people better,” he told Bernama.
Md Zin said Selangor BN’s service centre known as PAKAR (for Pusat Khidmat Rakyat) has been a good source of reference or gauge on the people’s support.
“Our service centre, which is manned by about 20 people, receives about 300 telephone calls daily and these calls provide a reliable indication of the kind of problems faced by the people in Selangor, and the shortcomings of the present state government.
“It also allows an opportunity for us to reach out to the people and this is certainly very encouraging for Selangor BN,” he said.
On I-City’s development into a top tourist draw in the Greater Kuala Lumpur area, Md Zin said its growth had been planned when BN was in power in Selangor.
He said it was the state BN government that pushed for I-City’s Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) status and this had helped the location to have one of the fastest broadband speeds in the country at 110MBps.
Datuk Eu Hong Chew, CEO for I-Berhad, the parent company of I-City, said the MSC status had helped it to attract some top ICT companies to operate at the location.
Md Zin said the BN government had also been instrumental in approving various infrastructure development for I-City, including better access via a flyover from the Federal Highway, which would be ready next year.
He said the better amenities would help I-City to be one of the country’s top tourist attractions as it currently received 90,000 visitors weekly for its digital lighting and snow walk attractions.
From next month, I-City, the brainchild of I-Berhad’s group executive chairman Tan Sri Lim Kim Hong, will feature a Canadian-designed Tornado Ride, touted to be the first in South East Asia, at its new RM25 million WaterWorld attraction.
It will also open a Trick Art Museum for people who love to take pictures against creative backdrops.