"SERVICE has always been and always will be the slogan to which SIME, DARBY & CO. LTD. will work in serving the FEDERATION of MALAYA."
The statement above was published in a special booklet to congratulate the people of Malaya on the Achievement of Independence on August 31st 1957.
SIME DARBY, then a well-known English conglomerate, was actively involved in civil, mechanical, electrical, air conditioning, refrigeration, tractor and heavy equipment engineers, building materail specialists, airways, shipping and insurance agents, secretaries and agents for rubber estates and tin mines.
Fifty years later, SIME DARBY BERHAD, now a Government-Linked Company, was entrusted to be the major prime mover of the Northern Corridor Economic Region's (NCER) development covering the states of Perlis, Kedah, Penang and North Perak.
NCER is expected to draw a total investment of 177 billion ringgit, with 30 per cent of government funding, in the next 15 years.