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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

OVERCOMING MELAKA CONGESTION

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.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

ENCORE MELAKA LIVE CULTURAL SHOWS

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.”

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2018/04/14/encore-melaka-scheduled-to-open-middle-of-the-year/#Hk8pzulkrvTs089C.99

Saturday, April 14, 2018

HAPPY 10TH ANNIVERSARY HISTORICAL CITY OF MELAKA

Today, 15th. April 2018 is Melaka 10th. Anniversary as historical city.

Declared as a historical city by UNESCO in 2008, Melaka tourists arrivals have increased to more than 16.7 million.

Due to the increased in tourists arrival, traffic jams are prevalent during the weekends.

Luckily, the Historical Melaka City Council has plans to improve the traffic. Flyovers are being constructed and traffic dispersal system are being implemented.

Happy birthday Melaka and we look forward to various improvement of the city in the future.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Thursday, April 5, 2018

WINGS AIR TO FLY INTO AND OUT OF MELAKA

A trishaw decorated with the Pokemon character Pikachu is seen in Malaysia’s historical city of Melaka October 6, 2017. — AFP picA trishaw decorated with the Pokemon character Pikachu is seen in Malaysia’s historical city of Melaka October 6, 2017. — AFP picMELAKA, April 4 — Wings Air, a subsidiary of Indonesia’s Lion Group, is set to launch a new route from Medan, Indonesia, to Melaka using the Melaka International Airport (LTAM) in Batu Berendam starting from April 20.
State Transport, Project Rehabilitation and International Trade Committee Chairman, Datuk Lim Ban Hong, said the low-cost carrier, which operates in partnership with Malindo Air, was set to use the ATR 72 aircraft with a passenger capacity of 72 people.
He said his committee expected the carrier to transport about 50,000 passengers to the state by year-end.
This would be Wings Air’s third route to the country, apart from those from Pontianak, Indonesia, to Kuching and Miri in Sarawak, he added.
“The airline will embark daily from Medan at 4.30 pm and arrive at LTAM at 5.30 pm before taking off again at 6 pm.
“A return ticket is priced between RM200 and RM400, and tickets can be purchased online at both Malindo Air (Malaysia) and Lion Air (Indonesia) portals,” he told a media conference here today.
Also present were Malindo Air Station Manager Asmawati Sapiae and Malaysia Airports Sdn Bhd Acting Manager, Melaka branch, Zalina Zakaria.
Lim said the launch of the new route was envisaged to encourage more domestic and foreign tourists to use LTAM as the gateway from Melaka to Medan and vice-versa.
“It will also boost the country’s medical tourism sector because many Indonesians visit Melaka to seek consultation and treatment at private hospitals here.
“In addition, Medan residents view positively Melaka’s progress and development, especially in the housing and real estate sector, and this may lead to more of them investing in property, as well as tourism and hospitality,” he added.
Meanwhile, he noted that LTAM handled 56,865 passengers last year and 15,726 passengers in the first quarter of this year.
So far, only Malindo Air offered a daily two-way flight from LTAM to Penang and Pekan Baru, Indonesia, he said.
In a separate development, Lim said the state government had proposed four new routes using LTAM – to Guangzhou, China; Jakarta, Indonesia; Kota Kinabalu, Sabah; and Langkawi, Kedah – for budget carrier AirAsia’s consideration.
He said the proposals were still at the discussion stage but developments had been positive so far. — Bernam
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Saturday, February 17, 2018

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR IN THE YEAR OF THE DOG

May we take this opportunity to wish all Chinese globally a Very Happy Chinese New Year in the Year of the Earth Dog.

Qong Xi Fa Cai

Simple Hoi Lin lunch

Friday, February 2, 2018

MELAKA MONORAIL UPDATES

MELAKA, Feb 2 — The Melaka Monorail service has attracted over 17,000 local and foreign passengers since it resumed operations on Dec 4 last year.
Monorail Theme Park and Studios Sdn Bhd Chief Executive Officer, Lim Boon Peng, said the company was optimistic of attracting more passengers in line with the launch of various projects in stages to enhance the service.
“These include the construction of a theme park and upgrading of the areas along the monorail’s route which is located on the banks of the Melaka River,” he told Bernama.
Lim said the monorail service, which would be a key tourist attraction, was expected to attract at least two million passengers a year once all upgrading jobs, which cost RM109 million, were completed within four years.
“We plan to spend RM500,000 to build a train concept cafe and bazaar selling souvenirs and handicrafts near the Tun Ali Monorail Station.
“The projects, which are expected to be completed by the end of this month, will enable visitors to experience of being in the train while enjoying local dishes,” he said.
The service runs from 10am to 10pm every day and will be extended to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. 
The tickets, which can be bought at the first floor of Tun Ali Monorail Station, cost RM15 for adults;  RM12 for senior citizens and children aged three and above; and RM10 for students in school uniforms and the handicapped.
The monorail service, which was built at a cost of about RM16.5 million, started operation on Oct 20, 2010. Its service, however, was suspended in 2013 before it was back in operation last year.
The service is capable of carrying 24 passengers on one-way routes and takes about 30 minutes for a three-kilometre journey.
A passenger, Melaka born Nurul  Atikah Baharuddin, 22, said she was reluctant to give up the opportunity to try the service.
“I am grateful to the state government for resuming the operations, as they would not only benefit the state economy but also the local community,” said Universiti Teknologi Mara Perlis student.
Farwizah Nazura Mohd Fadzli, 20, from Kota Bharu, Kelantan said she was thrilled to be able to see the scenery and beauty of the city from above the monorail.
“Also, it’s fun to have a ‘photo booth’ facility to take pictures for our family record. 
“It is hoped that this route will be further extended to other strategic tourism locations which are an alternative to avoiding traffic congestion,” he said. — Bernama