Saturday, December 6, 2008

TOP SIX SMALL ASIAN CITIES/ ASIAN CITIES OF THE FUTURE


I am SURPRISED but much more aggrieved that such a revelation, whatever it may mean does not get the attention of those responsible to highlight the city for what it is worth.

An fDi report recently accorded ALOR STAR, this city in KOTA STAR KEDAH in the following term:

" Of Asia's major cities, Tokyo scores top for infrastructures, while Melbourne comes out top for quality of life. Alor Star the state capital of Kedah in Malaysia is fDi's small Asian City of the Future, scoring well across several categories, including economic potential, cost effectiveness and business friendliness."

Now with such a laurel, what are we waiting for. Now that the city tops even others in the counting such as Newcastle ( Australia), Jeju City ( South Korea). Taoyuan City ( Taiwan) and Ipswich(Australia) over many categories too, it can be a big reward and even a major investment if it need be. But do we (State Government, Officials, Industrialist and Business people) are awake to this declaration? It is all quiet in the northern front except for a small extract in Utusan Malaysia, the Malay Newspaper recently. Given such an advantage and honor, Dato Bandar ( Lord Mayor) especially would grasp the opportunity and together with the tourist development authority bring about greater participation and increased flow of tourist and visitors into the state and city especially. Maybe it needs a wakeup call.

The report is available: http://www.fdimagazine.com/news/fullstory.php/aid/2228/Asian_Cities_of_the_future_2007_08 html




4 comments:

NGINAP SRENGENGE said...

Pak Non,

Pandai cari cerita2 orang tak perasan tentang kehebatan AS ( aloq staq ).

Dalam tahun2 50an,60an dan 70an hari sabtu ialah hari raya bagi aloq staq.

Semua ada.Nasik Ali ada,mee man bom ada , popia mamak ada.Dah lupa banyak benda .

Beras kita masih banyak,tapi harga masih mahai.

Bangunan KFA lama ada tak lagi Pak Non? Kalau tak silap dekat dengan Champion Motors.Dulu tempat cikgu2 berkumpul,kerana majoriti pemilik volkswagen.

KotaStar said...

Sdr Pak Cha'
Mana ada lagi tempatnya di isi dengan rumah kedai milik siapa lagi. Yang ada padang KFA lama dengan pejabat dan hostel. Ingat tak pada satu masa dulu circus di benar bertapak depan kelab KFA lama. Kemudian tanah dan padangnya rosak terus.
Dulu ramai juga askar Melayu segak dengan pakaian luar markas berkeliaran di bandar waktu malam. Maklumlah kem mereka di Kepala Batas. Sekarang pegawai askar pun tak kacak lagi semasa keluar ke bandar.Hebat juga AS dengan pengiystiharan fDi tu.

Azizi Ahmad Termizi: said...

Pak Non

Wah! Surprise, surprise. Alor Setar city for the future. May be I can claim some credit? :-)(just a bit la...) because I was part of the team yang prepare Rancangan Struktur Kota Setar in early 1990s whan I was working in that city.

KotaStar said...

Azizi,
Taniah to you and maybe you can study the report and understand its terms. As I said there is a way to go forward. If Penang and Malacca can step out for that special UNESCO decision so why not Alor Star with its recognition.