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Source: Xinhua| 2018-07-08 11:01:35|Editor: Li Xia
"Encore Melaka", an indoor theme production, is performed in Malacca of Malaysia July 7, 2018. A combination of song, dance and story-telling, the show, directed by Chinese Wang Chaoge, features the history of Malacca of more than 600 years, which dates back to the ancient Malacca Sultanate. (Xinhua/Chong Voon Chung)
KUALA LUMPUR, July 8 (Xinhua) -- "Encore Melaka," an indoor theme production directed by Chinese director Wang Chaoge, premiered at the Malaysian city of Malacca on Saturday night.
A combination of song, dance and story-telling, the show features more than 600 years history of Malacca, which dates back to the ancient Malacca Sultanate.
Not only can the audience marvel at the arrival of Chinese navigator Zheng He's fleet to Malacca, but also can feel the cultural richness of the city, such as the daily life of Baba Nyonya people, who are the the descendants of Chinese immigrants who came to the Malay Peninsula.
The show, produced by local cultural and tourism firm Yong Tai, is performed at one of the largest theater in Southeast Asia. More than 200 performers, the majority of whom recruited locally, have participated in the show.
The show follows the success of other theme productions such as "Impression Lijiang" and "Encore Pingyao," both of which are directed by Wang.
"Encore Melaka" would make every tourist coming to Malacca to be proud of the city and join their hands in building friendship and love, Wang said after the performance.
Tey (in middle) explaining the policy on 99 years leasehold land to owners at Alor Gajah Land and Mines office.
Tey also said parking hours during weekdays have also been changed from 9am to 5pm, compared to 8am to 6pm now.
“This parking fee exclusion is not applicable to private parking areas or the 12 privatised companies commissioned by MBMB such as the Melaka Sentral transitional market in Bachang, Tabung Haji Complex and Jalan Kota Museum,” he said.
The parking rates remain the same at 40 sen for half-an-hour, 60 sen for one hour and RM5 for full day parking.
The two types of payment method are via coupons or users can download and use the “Smart Parking Melaka” app via Android or IOS devices.
On another matter, Tey said a policy was in place to allow landowners to renew their 99-year leasehold much earlier, and not wait until the lease was near expiry date.
He said property owners are given three months to extend their lease by settling their premium based on the current market value of their properties.
He said this covers residential, commercial and plantation land in the state.
“The Land and Mines office is given six months to approve an application to extend the leasehold,” he said.
Tey said this at a meeting with 50 landowners at the Alor Gajah Land and Mines office to explain the details of the new policy for those with leasehold properties.
He said the decision to allow the extension on leasehold properties was in line with the Government’s move to allow Malay leasehold land to be converted to Malay Customary Land (MCL) with a nominal fee of RM1,000.
MCL is allowed under the Malacca Lands Customary Rights Ordinance of the Straits Settlements that was drawn up during the British administration from 1826 to 1957.
The extension of lease for leasehold properties is governed under Section 197 of the National Land Code (Act 56 of 1965).
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The Baba Nyonya dance scene in the Encore Melaka theatre production. The 70-minute show, which opens in July, recounts the state of Melaka's history through stories, music and dance. Photos: Encore Melaka
Nearly five years ago, Datuk Wira Boo Kuang Loon had a dream. He wanted to make his hometown Melaka the ultimate tourist destination. At a media preview event on May 28, hundreds of audience members witnessed the realisation of that impossible dream with Encore Melaka.
The 70-minute long show, which will open to the public July 1 at Impression City, Kota Laksamana, recounts the long-forgotten tales of the historic city, from the stories of the early voyagers to the birth of modern Melaka.
“I’m a Melaka boy and I’ve always wanted to do something for my hometown,” says Boo, the CEO of Yong Tai Berhad, a tourism and cultural-related property developer, in an interview before the Encore Melaka preview show.
“To be honest, I felt shy whenever my friends from overseas visited me because besides bringing them to the historic sites in the daytime and maybe host them for dinner, there’s nothing to show them at night,” he adds.
As a new landmark, the Encore Melaka theatre promises to write a new chapter in the state’s cultural entertainment history. It is the focal point of the multi-billion ringgit Impression City, an integrated mixed development by Yong Tai in Kota Laksamana.
Encore Melaka, helmed by China-based artistic director Wang Chaoge, is a state-of-the-art production of Wang’s retelling of Melaka’s beginnings and growth through a timeline of six centuries. Wang was part of the team behind the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
The Encore Melaka theatre, a scenic venue overlooking the Straits of Melaka, is the region’s largest permanent show. All the action takes place inside the purpose-built 2,000-seat theatre, which has been designed especially to provide a hi-tech retelling of Melaka’s rich history.
The director and her team spent nearly two years studying Melaka’s history, culture, traditions and most importantly, the people. Encore Melaka is also a spin-off project inspired by Wang’s signature Impression series.
The Encore Melaka theatre boasts innovative and stunning video projection mapping and multi-stage hydraulic sets, advanced lighting and features a 360-degree rotating audience platform. The show features 200 local performers.
“When I watched the Impression series in China, I knew this is what I wanted for Melaka. So I approached the Impression team and began working with them since 2013 to make the show possible,” shares Boo.
“This is an exciting chapter for Melaka. This will also propel the country’s economic growth and create job opportunities for the locals,” he adds.
Encore Melaka is touted to be South-East Asia’s largest permanent show theatre that seats more than 2,000. The building was designed by Wang Ge from the Beijing Institute Of Architectural Design. It occupies 6ha of land and overlooks the scenic water view of the Straits of Melaka.
Melaka is the first city outside of China to stage an Impression Series performance.
Encore Melaka opens on July 1. Visit encore-melaka.com. Facebook: Encore Melaka.
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MELAKA: TRAFFIC congestion in Melaka, especially during weekends and public holidays, will be solved soon by traffic-dispersal projects.
The projects, carried out in Ayer Keroh and the city centre, are a relief to road users.
The construction of two overpasses with six lanes — at the Melaka International Trade Centre intersection from Jalan Ayer Keroh Lama to the city centre and in Peringgit — will resolve congestion in the areas. Both mega projects cost around RM300 million.
MELAKA: The Impression Series of Encore Melaka theatre by Yong Tai Berhad (YTB) is set to open in the second quarter of this year.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said Encore Melaka was a tourism business that had a positive economic impact and relevant secondary effects associated to it.
He said Encore Melaka was working closely with tourism officials to maximise the project’s impact.
“Encore Melaka takes pride in its local production team and capability. From the performers to the crew, to the content of the show and song composition, there is a good balance between the needed knowledge transfer from China and the effort to preserve local cultural identity,” he said during his official visit to the site in Impression City, Kota Laksamana here.
Yong Tai chief executive officer Datuk Boo Kuang Loon said the opening of Encore Melaka theatre would be a game changer for tourism in the state, propelling it into the global spotlight.The 70-minute show will enthral the audience with local life stories.
“We want to see an increased flow of tourists to Melaka, contributing to economic growth in 2019 and beyond,” said Boo.
He added that his company took into account local needs and interests, as well as providing job opportunities for the local community.
“Our aim is to promote the participation of small businesses in cultural tourism, and we are confident the project will inject about RM300mil a year into the local economy.”
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