Located at the northernmost part of Peninsular Malaysia, Perlis plays a vital role in the import and export of goods trade. It connects Malaysia with neighbouring Thailand through the Padang Besar Railway Terminal, the sole rail connection between the two countries.
With the highest sun radiance in the country, Perlis provides a conducive environment for investment in the solar energy and agriculture industry. Many companies have chosen to invest in solar farms as well as high-value agriculture such as rice and superfruits.
On-going projects within the state that focus on green manufacturing, halal industries and renewable energy are set to further boost investment into the state and transform the state’s economic landscape in near future.
The focus for Perlis will be on enhancing its logistics capacities and industrialisation through key catalytic projects which aim to create more job opportunities for the locals. This is in line with the state’s aspiration to become a harmonious city-state by 2030, whose economic growth is complemented with infrastructure development to strengthen the state’s logistics capabilities.
TARGETS FOR PERLIS BY 2025
Under the NCER Strategic Development Plan (2021-2025), four key Development Zones have been identified in Perlis based on the resources, population concentration and economic potential of each location.
The Key Development Zones are Perlis-Kedah-Thailand Strategic Border Zone, Perlis-Satun-Langkawi Biodiversity Zone, Kuala Perlis-Kangar-Kota Raja Growth Corridor, and Perlis National Food Security Zone.