The Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) will not discriminate against any state nor is it a stimulus package, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala.
“Projects under the ETP, which is driven by private sector investment, will cut across the states.
"No state will be left out. Many Entry Point Projects (EPP) are also in Penang and Selangor,” he said after delivering a talk on the ETP at the National SME Economic Transformation Conference here Thursday.
On complaints by Selangor Pakatan Rakyat government that they were being left out, Idris said Selangor was invited to join in the ETP Lab.
“We have the same level of engagement with individual states be it Selangor, Sabah or Sarawak. There is no particular preference,” he said.
The private sector, he added, would look at which location was more commercial and feasible for their investment regardless of whether it was a Pakatan or Barisan Nasional-ruled state.
The ETP, he was also not a stimulus package but a “very specific programme” helmed by the private sector compared to previous packages which were by the government.
Idris said policies on foreign labour would be customised according to sectors to ensure there was sufficient workforce to make the ETP work while ensuring security concerns were addressed.
“We cannot have one policy across the sector. But at the same time, we can also improve the technology so that we do not rely on too many foreign workers,” he added.