Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Good response a positive sign for Melaka monorail

MELAKA: The city council expects to recoup
its investment in the tourist monorail
based on the volume of passengers
using the train since it resumed
service on Dec 4.

Prior to this, it had been lying
idle for more than four years.
In less than a week, it had
attracted 2,050 ­passengers, exceeding
the initial projections set by
the Melaka Historic City Council,
which operates the service.
Mayor Datuk Zainal Hussin said
the council was confident of
getting back its investment on
the monorail if this positive
conti­nues until the middle of
next year.
Each ride takes about 30
minutes at a speed of 10kph,
circling scenic Sungai Melaka.
“Currently, one locomotive is
being utilised and a second
train is expected to be operational
by next year. The train can carry
24 passengers per trip.
On Saturday, we recorded our highest total
volume ever – 650 passengers,” he added.
The Melaka Monorail is the
only tourist monorail in the
country, connecting Taman Rempah to
the Hang Tuah Station in
Jalan Bunga Raya, a distance of
The RM15.9mil service started
operations on Oct 20, 2010, but
stalled about 100m from its
main Hang Jebat station with 20 pioneer passengers.
A year later, 18 tourists from
Hong Kong, along with their
tour leader and guide, were
also left stranded 300m from the
same station.
This led to the Land Public
Transport Commission suspending
the service.
The China-made monorail line is
part of the state’s plan to draw more
tourists here.


Saturday, December 9, 2017


Planned High Speed Rail Melaka station a modern take on state’s historical past

MELAKA: The design of the proposed
Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail
(KL-SG HSR) station in Ayer Keroh here
has received the most praise
from the public as compared to the
other six stations along the 350km route.

MyHSR Corp Sdn Bhd commercial
director Tonny Yeap said the findings
was based on an unofficial poll conducted
by the company involving 500 respondents 
from across the country.
He said the Melaka station has struck
the right balance between the image of a 
merchant ship symbolising the entrepreneurial 
spirit of the local communities and the modern 
aspect of the design.
“A lot of people, both Malaysians as well as
international experts, have expressed their 
appreciation for the design of the HSR Melaka 
Also present was MyHSR project delivery director Mark Loader.
The unique design of the HSR Melaka station in Ayer Keroh has received the thumbs-up from the majority of the 500 respondents in an unofficial poll conducted by MyHSR Corp Sdn Bhd.
The unique design of the HSR Melaka station in Ayer Keroh has received the thumbs-up from the majority of the 500 respondents in an unofficial poll conducted by MyHSR Corp Sdn Bhd.
Yeap said the unique design of the station bodes well for Melaka, which was widely known for its historical city status.
“To see a design which can incorporate all of this and yet looks very modern and attractive is something that the people really appreciate,” he said.
The other six HSR stations will be located in Bandar Malaysia, Bangi-Putrajaya, Seremban, Muar, Batu Pahat and Iskandar Puteri.
On another matter, Yeap said the HSR route between Melaka and Singapore was expected to record one of the highest ridership once the service commences in 2026.
He said the route between KL and Singapore will record the most number of passengers while the Melaka-Singapore route would be among the top three popular routes.
Meanwhile, Loader said the KL-SG HSR project had received overwhelming support from the people of Melaka.
He said 95% of respondents in Melaka had provided positive feedback on the project via the public inspection exercise that began on Nov 1.
“A total of seven permanent and temporary public inspection booths are located in Melaka throughout the public inspection period, which will end on January 31, 2018,” he said.
He said further information regarding the KL-SG HSR project and the ongoing public inspection exercise were available at


Thursday, November 30, 2017


Our Melaka Monorail will start on 4th. December 2017.

Prices start from RM 10.00 only and is operation daily from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm. For Friday and Saturday, operating hours start from 10.00 am to 12.00 midnight.

The monorail travels around the Melaka River and has a good view.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Melaka to host national-level Christmas celebration on Dec 26 2017

The issue of Christ the Redeemer statue has been resolved and the national-level Christmas celebration will be held in Melaka.
The issue of Christ the Redeemer statue has been resolved and the
national-level Christmas celebration will be held in Melaka.
MELAKA: The national-level
Christmas open house celebration
will be held in Melaka,
said Chief Minister Datuk
Seri Idris Haron.

He confirmed that the event
will be held here on
Boxing Day.
“There will be numerous
performances to showcase
 the rich cultural diversity of
 Melaka,” he said.
Earlier, there were news circulating
that Melaka was not in the
running to host the celebration
following the Christ the Redeemer
statue issue.
Idris said he had called for
a temporary halt to the
demolition of the statue and
for an amicable solution
through talks between the
Portuguese Settlement
leaders and Melaka
Historic City Council (MBMB).
“We want the leaders of the
community to find a solution.
We acted according to the by-laws
of the local government
and have no intention of
demolishing the statue without the knowledge of the community,” he said.
He said sufficient time
was given to the leaders
of the community to
resolve the matter w
ithout MBMB’s
“However, the leaders
were unable
to find a solution
and MBMB issued
notices according to
the existing by-laws,”
he said.
Idris said the state
authorities have been
blamed for not allowing
the structure to be built,
when the problem arose
due to the failure of those
involved to get approval for
their project.
He said those involved
in building the statue had
agreed to relocate it
recently without the
involvement of MBMB.
He said volunteers were
given two options -
to relocate the statue
or apply to convert the site
where the statue of Christ
the Redeemer was supposed
to be erected into a
landscaping project.
Idris said the 7.5m-high statue
should not be built at a site
where space was limited
or at a public square.
The Portuguese community
leaders had wanted to put up
the statue which is based
on the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue built on the Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and as a
monument to enliven the annual
Christmas celebrations
at its settlement this year.
The proposal was submitted
to MBMB in September
but construction work was
carried out without the council’s
Mayor Datuk Wira Zainal Hussin,
in a press statement, had
said the matter has been
settled as the volunteers
had agreed to relocate
the statue to another
site within the settlement.


Sunday, November 26, 2017


Tourist monorail in 

Melaka to resume 

operations soon

The monorail will begin operations after engineers give it the green light. — filepic
The monorail will begin operations after engineers give it the green light. — filepic
MELAKA: The only tourist
monorail in the country that
circles Sungai Melaka here
will resume operations in
a month’s time after lying idle for four years.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris
Haron said the state
government was making
efforts to revive operations.
“The tourist monorail is a
project that we cannot afford to
 ignore as a lot of money has been spent on it.
“The service will resume once
engineers checking on the monorail give us the green light,” he said.
Soon after the RM15.9mil
monorail service began on
 Oct 20, 2010, it stalled about 100m from its main Hang Jebat station with
about 20 passengers on
A year later, 18 tourists
from Hong Kong, their tour
leader and guide were also
 left stranded 300m from
the Hang Jebat station.
This led to Land Public
Transport Commission’s
move to discontinue the
The China-made monorail line,
spanning 1.6km from Taman
Rempah in Pengkalan
Rama to Kampung Bunga
Raya Pantai along the
Melaka River, was part of
the state’s aim to draw
 more tourists.
The project is a joint venture between Melaka Historic City Council, state subsidiary Kumpulan Melaka Bhd and Agibs Engineering and Construction Sdn Bhd.


Thursday, November 23, 2017


Here is a map showing the route from KL to Singapore.

Sunday, November 19, 2017


Dragon boat race attracts 672 local and foreign participants to Melaka

Dragon boat participants race on the Melaka River. — Bernama photo
MELAKA: The dragon boat race held in conjunction with the 11th Melaka River International Festival at the Melaka River estuary has drawn 672 participants from 48 teams.
Melaka River and Coastal Development Corporation (PPSPM) chief executive officer Nazary Ahmad said the winners who would take home the ‘Asian Dragon Boat Award’ and a cash prize of RM2,000 would be known late yesterday evening.
He said the race is divided into two categories with the open category for teams outside of Melaka including foreigners while the closed category is for teams from the state and the champions of each category would battle for the challenge trophy.
“The dragon boat race is among 10 international events organised to attract tourist arrivals during the festival,” he told reporters after flagging off the race here yesterday.
He said among the local teams taking part included from Police, Malaysian Maritime Academy, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Universiti Multimedia and Universiti Kuala Lumpur while international participants are from Singapore, Brunei and Thailand. — Bernama

Thursday, November 16, 2017


Zhang Yimou's 'Impression Melaka' to premiere

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Boo Kuang Loon, a Malacca-born businessman, had always wanted to contribute to the Malaysian city's cultural richness. He never thought that a letter to Zhang Yimou, the renowned Chinese director, would make his dream come true.
In early 2013, when traveling in China, Boo was stunned by "Impression Liu Sanjie," an outdoor theme production directed by Zhang.
He then wrote an email to the director, who is well known for a series of works including "Hero" and "The Great Wall," expressing his hope that Malacca, a historical state in southern Malaysia, could have the first impression series outside China to tell its local story to the world.
Two months later, Boo got a reply from Zhang. The director visited Malacca and told Boo he also loved the historical state. They decided to replicate the successful cultural show in Malacca.
After more than four years of efforts, "Impression Melaka," with a total cost of 300 million ringgit (72 million U.S. dollars), is finally on track to have its premiere in the first quarter of 2018.
"It all started with just a letter. I remembered I saw the impression series in Guilin before and I was impressed with how they cast the show, and its effect on the audiences," Boo, chief executive officer of cultural and tourism firm Yong Tai told Xinhua in a recent interview. The group owns the Impression Melaka.
Boo is confident that the impression series will receive an overwhelming response as the show is in line with international cultural standards.
"(It's true) that there are a lot of cultural performances in Malaysia that have not done well. But if we do it according to international standards, I don't think we will fail. That's why we bring in Zhang who is an international director and had conducted the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening and closing ceremonies," Boo said.
He also sees the impression series as an Asian way to show Malacca's culture and story, which will make it outstanding.
"We strongly believe the impression performance will be another new icon of Malacca, becoming a must-visit place for tourists," he said.
"Indeed, the people of Malacca are looking forward for it to be ready," Boo said, adding the show is able to fill the cultural gap as not many night cultural activities are available in the state.
According to Boo, the developer is topping off the theater now, and has started the admission procedures, as well as recruiting performers.
"The directors and technicians from China will come next month to begin training and trial performances," Boo said. The first show is expected to kick off in March next year.
Yong Tai is also in negotiation with several travel agencies including those in China to promote ticket sales. Some deals are expected to be realized next month.
"The feedback has been positive so far. We are close to meeting our target," Boo said.
The group forecast the outdoor theme production in Malacca could attract as many as 1.4 million visitors per year.
He estimates that 40 percent of the tourists will be from China, while those from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations countries and Malaysia will account for 20 and 30 percent respectively. The rest will come from other countries and regions such as the United States and Europe.
"This is a conservative forecast. If you look at tourist arrivals in Malacca, which totaled 16 million last year, we just need to capture an audience of 1 million," Boo said, noting that there would be at least two shows per day with a duration of 70 to 90 minutes, with an average ticket price of 120 ringgit (28.75 U.S. dollars).
Meanwhile, the positive relationship between Malaysia and China has put Malacca in a better position to compete with other regions in tourism.
This is especially evident as the state has been recognized as a key development state under the Belt and Road Initiative, with more Chinese investments coming in, said Boo.
Should the impression series be a success in Malacca, Boo and director Zhang may replicate it in other southeast Asian countries.
"We are looking at Indonesia and Thailand, which have great potential in their tourism industries," Boo said.
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