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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

MELAKA FAIRYLAND ON CHRISTMAS

Thursday December 22, 2011
Malacca Christmas fairyland comes alive

MALACCA: Come Christmas, the Portuguese Settlement here turns into a large fairyland. Having hosted the national Christmas open house celebrations twice, no expense is spared to make this time of year special.

Many homeowners have outdone each other in their Christmas decorations, especially lighting.

According to the settlement's regedor Peter Gomez, some have spent up to RM10,000 to decorate their homes.

“We maintain the true spirit of Christmas as the birth of Jesus Christ brings light to the world, and want to ensure that visitors who come here are truly captivated,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Malacca Government's Portuguese community advisor Joseph Sta Maria said the community was hoping that a Minister for Minority Affairs would be appointed.

Monday, December 19, 2011

MELAKA BIRD PARK

December 18, 2011 17:05 PM

Melaka Bird Park To Emulate Singapore's Success - Mohd Ali

From Nasarudin Omar

SINGAPORE, Dec 18 (Bernama) -- The Melaka Government wants the Melaka Bird Park, currently under construction, to emulate the success achieved by the management of the Jurong Bird Park here.

Singing praises of the republic's bird park which has the largest number and species of birds in the world, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said.

"I am fascinated by its natural background, as well as the upgrades made on the bird park over the years.

"This will be a good example for the Melaka Government (to follow).

Speaking to reporters on Saturday after a three-hour visit to the bird park which was opened to the public on Jan 3, 1971, Mohd Ali was given a briefing by Wildlife Reserves Singapore Chief Executive Officer Isabella Loh and Jurong Bird Park General Manager R. Raja Segran.

The Melaka Bird Park will house 300 species on a 1.8 hectare of land in Taman Botanikal, Ayer Keroh, when it is set up by early 2013.

This new tourism product of Melaka is part of the second phase of a landscape and tourism facilities development project spanning 92.5 hectares in Melaka's Botanical Park.

Mohd Ali said Melaka would work with the management of the Jurong Bird Park which had maintained its popularity among tourists since it began operating about 40 years ago.

"I am amused by the performance of a parrot here which can speak in several languages, as well as a scarlet macaw (another parrot species) which is able to fly to deliever a written message," he added.

The chief minister said Melaka was also interested in buying the bird park's monorail, which runs 1.72km, for installation at the botanical park.

"We will see if the monorail is suitable for use," said Mohd Ali, who was informed by Isabella that the Jurong Bird Park monorail would be replaced with a tram.

-- BERNAMA

Friday, December 16, 2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012 AND GONG XI FA CAI



In two weeks' time, we will be celebrating Merry Christmas and the end of 2011. We will usher in the New Year 2011 as well. At the same time, by the 3rd. Week of January 2012, billions of Chinese around the world will celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Golden Dragon. All these festivities will be celebrated within 1 month.

As we celebrate X'mas, New Year and Chinese New Year, may we take this opportunity to wish everyone well. May Peace prevail around the World so that everyone can enjoy happiness, wealth and health. Let us usher in these celebrations by sharing with the unfortunate and provide them with warmth and joy as we are One of the Kind in this Earth of ours.

Happy Holidays and Happy Celebrations to Everyone.

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

MELAKA WILDLIFE THEATRE HAS OPENED SINCE 26.11.2011





Melaka newest tourist attraction, Melaka Wildlife Theatre, has opened on 26th. November 2011. Located at Pulau Melaka, visitors can come to view their shows at 3.00pm and 6.00pm daily.

Entrance fees are RM 20.00 for Adults and RM 15.00 per person for Senior Citizens and Children.

Drive to Melaka Raya and turn right at the junction in front of Malacca Club. Drive towards Pulau Melaka and turn the first right at the roundabout.

Let us come and join in the fun with the Star Sea Lions and their friends at Wildlife Theatre, Melaka.

ENJOY

MELAKA-SUMATRA POWER LINE PROJECT IN THE WORKS

December 09, 2011 16:06 PM

Melaka-Sumatera Power Line Project Creates Strategic Partnership - Chief Minister

By Noor Azmi Hamdan

MEDAN, Dec 9 (Bernama) -- Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the RM1.2 billion electrical cable project near Telok Gong, Alor Gajah, would create a strategic partnership in energy usage between his state and Sumatera.

He said the project that involves a collaboration between Malaysia's Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) and Indonesia's PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN), had been agreed upon by the two parties last year.

It would be implemeted in two phases with the first scheduled to commence in 2014 and completed three years later, he told reporters after the 8th Governor and Chief Minister Forum in conjunction with the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) Conference here.

Under phase one, the project would generate up to 300MW of power while phase two 600MW, he said.

"It's one of the master plan programmes between Melaka and Sumatera, and through this collaboration, we don't need to build many electric generating stations because the two regions can share electrical power," he said.

Friday, December 9, 2011

MELAKA CHIEF MINISTER TO LAUNCH OFFICIAL WEBSITEOF WANGKANG FESTIVAL 2012

On Sunday 11th.December 2011, the Melaka Chief Minister YAB Datuk Seri Mohd.Ali Rustam has been invited to officially launch the official website of the Wangkang 2012 festival in Melaka.

The members of the public are also invited to witness this event.

The event will be held from 1st. February to 6th.February 2012 which the climax of this festival will be the procession of the Wangkang over 20km through the streets of Melaka City. The Wangkang will be burnt off Pulau Melaka at the end of the Festival.

For details, log into : www.yongchuantian.com.

WANGKANG FESTIVAL IN MELAKA FROM 1ST.FEBRUARY TO 6TH.FEBRUARY 2012

10th.December 2011

After an absence of 10 years, the Wangkang Festival will be held again in the historic city of Melaka from 1st.to 6th. February 2012.

This Wangkang Festival was held in 1933, 2001 and now in 2012.

The Wangkang Festival is of Hokkien origin, and it is held in China, only in Chiang Chew Hoo and Chuan Chew Hoo ( 2 very large districts of the Hokkien province ) and in Malacca.

In the early days, it was also held in Manila, but I don’t know whether it is still being held there or not. I have heard of it also being held in Sarawak.

During the persecution of the Chinese by the Manchus in the Ching Dynasty about 3 centuries ago, a great many Hokkien people emigrated from China and some of them sailed towards Malaya, and the first country they reached was Malacca, where they settled down and worshipped the Ong Yahs as they had been used to in their own country.

As customary, their descendants – the Straits-Born Chinese – followed their footsteps in worshipping five Ong Yahs and this is why Malacca is the only place in Malaya, where the Wangkang procession is held.

This festival was last held in Melaka in 2001 and 1933. Now, a procession ofthe Wangkang through the streets of Melaka City which covers over 20km, will be held on 6th. February 2012 before the Wangkang will be burnt in the Straits of Melaka off Pulau Melaka.

This is a festival for all and all are invited to witness this once a lifetime event. Tourists will be able to witness this unforgettable event and to take part in festival which will be held from 1st. Februaryto6th. February 2012.

For more details and read aboutthis festival, please log into: www.yongchuantian.com.