20 June 2019 - The Star News features Central i-City's Grand Opening
Source: THE Star ONLINE
Sharafuddin (centre) and Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin (second from left) taking a tour of Central i-City. With them are CPN advisory board chairman Sudhitham Chirathivat (second from right) and Amirudin (right). — Photos: SAM THAM/The Star
THE opening of Central i-City shopping centre in i-City, Section 7, Shah Alam, marks another step towards realising the state government’s efforts of making Selangor a smart state by 2025, says Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari.
“This mall adds value to Shah Alam and its surrounding areas and contributes towards making i-City Selangor’s Golden Triangle,” he said.
“We are a pro-business and pro-industry state. All our policies, including transparency and good governance, are to facilitate investments, particularly in the Golden Triangle area.”
Amirudin was speaking after the launch of the RM850mil Central i-City. The event was also attended by Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin.
Central i-City would serve as a new landmark for Shah Alam and the state, he added.
i-City offers 940,000sq ft of retail space with more than 350 stores on six levels.
“What is interesting is that this project is a joint venture between a local company and a well-established developer from Thailand.
“This project would attract more investments to Selangor as well as offer additional job opportunities and facilities such as commercial lots and an upcoming international hotel that would contribute towards stimulating the economy in Shah Alam and Klang.”
Central i-City is the first international project by Central Pattana Public Company Ltd (CPN), said to be Thailand’s largest retail developer. The shopping centre offers 940,000sq ft of retail space with more than 350 stores across six levels.CPN is a 60% stakeholder in the joint venture with i-City Properties Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of property development company i-Bhd.
CPN Thailand president and chief executive officer Preecha Ekkunagul said the company was confident that the lifestyle and shopping destination could play a key role in the long-term vision of Selangor, in line with i-City being identified as the heart of Selangor’s Golden Triangle and its importance in the state’s future economic growth, innovation and development.