Perak set to be country's top shoe manufacturing centre

Last update: 29/11/2018

IPOH, Nov 29 (Bernama) -- Perak, particularly Ipoh, is poised to become the country's premier shoe manufacturing centre with the establishment of a shoe manufacturing academy here.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said Perak State Development Corporation (PKNP) would provide a site measuring 80.0 hectares for the academy, which would also include a factory.

"We will have further discussions on how to realise it as well as on expanding the existing shoe manufacturing operation in Pengkalan either to Bemban or Chemor.

“We welcome this idea, which provides an opportunity for youths to enter the shoe manufacturing field, because technical and vocational education and training is one of the state's main focuses,” he told reporters after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding between PKNP, represented by its Chief Executive Officer Mohd Ariff Yeop Ishak, and Jimmy Couture Trend Sdn Bhd, who was represented by founder Jimmy Chia Eng Huat today.

Jimmy Couture is one of the partners in the project

In his speech earlier, Mohd Ariff said the setting up of the academy would provide educational and training equipment to improve the human capital, especially youth entrepreneurs, in the fashion industry.

He said the RM100 million Ipoh Shoe City project had already started, which would, among others, involve the construction of 128 factories on 10.8 hectares in the Pengkalan Light Industries Park.