Monday, December 28, 2015


A new shopping village is now opened at Alor Gajah, Melaka at end December 2015. Why not go there and check it out. Happy shopping.

Freeport A'Famosa Outlet Village

Freeport A'Famosa Outlet Village confirm tenants are:
1. Forever 21
2. Marks & Spencer
4. Papparich
5. Starbucks
6. Dome Cafe
7. Burger King
8. Cotton On
10. ONLY
11. Sacoor brothers
12. Nike Factory Store
13. CHAI Fashion

Maybe in the tenants list:
1. Salvatore Ferragamo
2. Aigner
3. Furla
4. Hugo Boss
5. Hush Puppies
6. Levi's
7. Michael Kors


Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul AzizDatuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul AzizMELAKA: Malaysia are expecting 30.5 million tourists to contribute RM103 billion in revenue to the country next year said Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.
Nazri was confident that the target can be achieved through various programmes in the pipe line and the existing yearly events, including the festive season Open House practiced in Malaysia.
"The tourism industry and cultural activities is expanding at a tremendous pace with new approaches like Health Tourism, Education and Sports Tourism initiatives to attract tourists to historic destinations.
"For the Tourism and Culture Ministry, the open house concept is not only a yearly event for Christmas and New Year but aimed at boosting the tourism industry, especially in a historical state like Melaka," he said in his speech at the 2015 Malaysia Christmas Open House Celebration at Proclamation of Independence Memorial, Bandar Hilir, here Sunday night.
The celebration was kicked off by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and attended by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup and Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Idris Haron.
Mohamed Nazri said the uniqueness of Malaysia's diversity and culture were showcased through the Malaysia Year of Festivals 2015 or MyFEST2015 which was themed 'Endless Celebrations'.
Meanwhile, Idris said Melaka registered 12.5 million tourist arrivals as of Oct 31, and hoped the figure would increase by end of the year.
"Yesterday I was informed that not less than 435,000 tourists had come to Melaka in two weeks. I believe activities like the Christmas Open house can further boost tourist arrivals to Melaka and hit the 16 million target next year," he said.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


Merry Christmas and very Happy New Year 2016

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


PUTRAJAYA, Dec 14 (Bernama) -- Star Alloy Industries (M) Sdn Bhd, which is mainly involved in infrastructures, telecommunications and manufacturing, today inked two memorandum of understandings (MoUs) with two Melaka-based companies for development projects in Melaka.

The companies are Melaka Biotechnology Corp (MBC) (develop Melaka Biocity in Alor Gajah) and LIS Petroleum Sdn Bhd (develop Melaka Oil Storage Terminal (MOST) at Pulau Hanyut, about 20 km from Umbai.

Star Alloy Executive Chairman, Ken Leong Wai Kit, said Star Alloy will be "fully operational" in the Biocity.

"Research will be conducted here with regard to commercialising, marketing, advancing of technology in the field of toxicology, food technology, tissue culture, phytochemistry, molecular biology microbiology," he said after signing the MoUs on behalf of Star Alloy here Monday.

MBC was represented by its Chief Executive Officer, Badrul Hisham Badrudin, and LIS its Chief Executive Officer Fadzil Ismail.

Also present was Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron.

"On MOST, we have envisaged the very potentials of Melaka. It is a very important sea route destination," said Leong.

Leong said plans were under way to build a deep-sea port by Star Alloy and its allies, pending the greenlight by state and federal government.

Meanwhile, Idris said, he welcomed the signing of the two MoUs, and hoped the ground works would start soon.

"I hope the signing of MoUs is not just ceremonial. The Melaka state government is serious on the development," he said.


Saturday, December 12, 2015


In Hikayat Hang Tuah, it stated the travels of Hang Tuah as an emissary of the Sultans of Melaka. Hang Tuah traveled to China, Okinawa, Annam, Java, Sri Lanka, India, Arabia, Egypt and also to Turkey under the Roman empire.
Below is a map showing the journeys of Hang Tuah.


Saturday, 12 December 2015

Floating deep-sea entrepot to turn Malacca into nautical hub

MALACCA: The state will soon control the key waterway of the Straits of Malacca, which links shipping routes between Asia and Europe, with the construction of a floating deep-sea entrepot close to its shores.
A renowned public-listed foreign construction company has agreed to inject RM12bil for the first phase of the harbour facility. The entire multi-billion ringgit project that will be developed in three phases is expected to be fully completed by 2025.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the first phase of the entrepot is expected to be completed by 2020 and the remaining phases within the following five years.
“The construction company is a giant and well-known globally, but I can’t divulge the details for now as it must come from the company itself,” he said recently.
The project materialised after China’s Guangdong province signed a memorandum of understanding on Sept 21 in Putrajaya on the establishment of a State and Provincial Friendship and Cooperation.
Guangdong has also pledged fiscal commitment to construct an international seaport to turn Malacca into a top nautical hub in this region and at par with Singapore.
Idris said the economic spin-off from the entrepot is anticipated to be great and the state will work on mechanisms to generate income for the state through sales of power and utility to the harbour facility.
“Apart from this, the state would also benefit from tourism when crew members of shipping companies visit when the ships dock here,” he said.
Idris noted that in a study compiled by the Nippon Maritime Centre using data from the Marine Department of Malaysia, 79,344 transits by vessels were recorded along the straits in 2014. On average, 217 vessels per day transited the waterway last year, up from 201 in 2011.
According to the report, container ships, bulk carriers and oil tankers traffic were the largest users of the Straits of Malacca.
China will also benefit from the offshore harbour facility as it would reduce the risk of tankers taking the Lombok Straits to reach South China Sea due to heavy traffic along the Straits of Malacca.
The vast majority of China’s oil imports pass through the Straits of Malacca, Lombok and Sunda maritime corridor.
A tiny portion of Pulau Panjang, located about four nautical miles from the coast of Pulau Melaka, has been earmarked for the floating entrepot that will link Europe and China.
The entire project will occupy a reclaimed area spanning 272.8ha, and a bridge will connect it to the existing Melaka Gateway project.
It is expected to overtake Singapore Ports as the busiest harbour.
The entrepot is a gift to Malacca from China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang, who expressed Chinese interest for its construction companies to construct the proposed harbour, with facilities to transfer oil and cargo to other ships and to the mainland through underwater pipelines.
Li, who visited Malacca in November, was impressed with the harmony and diversity and has encouraged more China companies to invest in the state.
Idris said four reputable Chinese construction companies are in the run to construct the floating entrepot.
He said the man-made structure will shelter a vessel from wind, waves, and currents, thus enabling safe anchorage including loading of cargo.
“It would be an architectural wonder and engineering marvel , as the port will be supported by underwater beams and its length could accommodate the landing of an Airbus A320,” said Idris.
He said the Malaysian Maritime Agencies and Malacca Port Authority will fully manage the entrepot.
Floating deep-sea entrepot to turn Malacca into top nautical hub

Tuesday, December 8, 2015


Mamee Jonker House at Unesco Heritage site costs RM5mil to renovate

Mohd Khalil (second from left) and Pang Tee Chew (left) at the Mamee Jonker House in Malacca.
Mohd Khalil (second from left) and Pang Tee Chew (left) at the Mamee Jonker House in Malacca.
MALACCA: Popular snack company Mamee Double-Decker has converted a heritage Dutch colonial building at Jalan Hang Jebat here into a unique retail and beverage outlet.
The Mamee Jonker House (MJH) cost RM5mil to renovate and is located in the middle of the Unesco Heritage site.
MJH director Kelly Lim said Mamee decided to provide a cosy outlet with Dutch architecture for its customers when the company decided to buy the 17th century structure in 2013.
“This is a fun-filled site for all our customers. There is also a section for children to make instant noodles and a merchandise store,” she said after the launching of MJH recently.
Malacca governor Tun Mohd Khalil Yakoob surprised everyone when he, too, came to enjoy a meal at MJH.
Mohd Khalil later presented electronic gadgets and hampers to members of the media from Kuala Lumpur and here during a lucky draw.
Mamee Double-Deckercelebrated its 45th anniversary with MJH as its new attraction.
The food and beverage company was founded in 1971 when the now executive chairman Datuk Pang Chin Hin started to produce dried noodles and vermicelli together with eldest son Tan Sri Pang Tee Chew in Ayer Keroh Industrial Park.
The company grew from a small business to a conglomerate.
Mamee Double-Decker was eventually incorporated in 1991 and became a public listed company on Bursa Malaysia.
The company then set up plants across Malaysia and presently employs 2,000 staff and will soon be expanding to Myanmar, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia


Melaka Zoo Is In Upgrades To Increase The Tourist Arrival - Management Company

MELAKA, Nov 30 (Bernama) -- The Melaka Zoo and Night Safari is currently being upgraded in order to attract more visitors, said KAJ Group of Hospitality Chief Executive Officer Seow Cheng Swee.

He said besides upgrading the facilities and doing refurbishment work, they were also planning to bring in new animals to woo more visitors to the zoo.

Speaking to Bernama here, he said they had brought in the antelope species known as Waterbuck from South Africa since last September and hoped that the animal will be a new attraction for the visitors.

"This is the first Waterbuck brought into Malaysia, and we are planning to bring in the other species of antelope, known as Kudu, next year," he said.

Meanwhile, Seow said the upgrading works had begun since the company started to manage the zoo in 2013.

However, the process would take a long time because it would be implemented in stages, he said.

"The renovation works will also be focusing on animal cages which are 50 years old and about two to three months are needed to renovate each cage," he added.


Sunday, December 6, 2015


Did Hang Tuah meet Leonardo da Vinci? 


Could famed Renaissance painter and polymath Leonardo da Vinci have met legendary Malay warrior Hang Tuah between 1503 and 1506? 

This was the tantalising possibility unearthed by researchers from The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, a compilation the Italian master’s writings and sketches. 

Local researchers are now poring over manuscripts, and may soon seek the help of their European counterparts to ascertain the identity of a Malaccan noble who da Vinci wrote about. In the notes, da Vinci wrote, “I sketched a vehicle after meeting a Malaccan noble”. However, the word after that was unclear. 

There is a possibility that they met, as both men lived during the same era — da Vinci and Hang Tuah were born in 1452 and 1431 respectively. The exact time and place of the encounter between da Vinci and Hang Tuah is still uncertain, but both men were at the height of their reputations. 

Da Vinci was a noted painter and highly regarded as a military engineer, while Hang Tuah was sent by the Sultan of Malacca on several overseas missions, including Turkey. 

This finding was revealed by Dr Rohaidah Kamaruddin, a senior lecturer at the Malay Language Department, Modern Language and Communications Faculty, University Putra Malaysia. She presented her research at the “Wacana Manuskrip Melayu, Hang Tuah: Daripada Mitos Kepada Fakta Sejarah” event at Wisma Sejarah here recently. 

UPM’s professor of Malay Linguistics, Prof Emeritus Dr Hashim Musa also presented a paper at the event. Dr Rohaidah said da Vinci’s notes indicated that Hang Tuah may have existed. 

She said this was because Hang Tuah was mentioned by a foreign writer, and not in accounts in local books Hikayat Hang Tuah and Sulalatus Salatin (Malay Annals). 

Dr Rohaidah said she had tried to verify the contents of the two historical books through material available overseas. She said such material often contained dates of important events, unlike olden Malay books that placed no importance on dates, but only on what had transpired. 

However, she said the facts contained in the latest discovery could not yet be ascertained, and that she needed to conduct further research, as well as meeting historians to pore over old manuscripts in Spain or Portugal. 

Dr Rohaidah said she was told by a reliable source that Hang Tuah was mentioned by da Vinci, indicating that Hang Tuah was a Malacca Sultanate diplomat sent to various countries. 

Meanwhile, Hashim said there were 22 books by scholars that described Hang Tuah as intelligent, masculine and brave, besides being able to converse in several languages. “A personal note by the Portuguese conqueror Afonso de Albuquerque mentioned that during the conquest of Malacca in 1511, an elderly 80-year-old man with great reputation and knowledge emigrated to Temasik (now Singapore) after the fall of Malacca,” he said. 

Both UPM lecturers co-authored a book, Hang Tuah: Catatan Okinawa that posits the existence of Hang Tuah through research done in Okinawa, Japan, with the help of the Japanese Education Ministry. 

The discovery of a curved kris without its hilt and sheath at the Enkakuji Shuriji temple, located near the Shuriji castle, is solid evidence of the good relations between Malacca and Japan in the past. The kris, which has nine “waves” or curves, is usually presented by the Malacca Sultanate to other governments, while blades with fewer curves are gifted to individuals. 

The discovery of a letter sent by Hang Tuah to the emperor of the Ryukyu Kingdom between 1480 and 1481 is also evidence of good relations between the Malacca Sultanate and Japan. 

Diplomatic relations between the Malacca Sultanate and the Ryukyu Kingdom (in modern-day Okinawa) was clearly stated in the “Rekidai Hoan”, a historical document verified by scholars. 

The document also described Hang Tuah as a person who commanded great influence internationally, as well as a Malaccan diplomat who travelled to India, Turkey and Pattani.

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