Tuesday, October 24, 2017


The group has secured a 30-year concession to produce and stage the Impression Melaka concert after acquiring PTS Impression from PTS Properties, Datuk Wira Boo Kuang Loon and the Apple Impression for RM3 million. The group is building a 2,014-seat theatre costing RM300 million. Construction is expected to complete by the fourth quarter of 2017 (4Q17), with the inaugural performance to be held in 1Q18. The group expects to conservatively attract about 1.1 million in audience per annum (capacity is about 1.4 million), including tourists from China and Asean countries. There would be two to four shows daily with a duration of 70 to 90 minutes with ticket prices expected to average RM120 per person.
The inaugural Impression Melaka show is expected to be staged on 1st. February 2018.

Monday, October 23, 2017


Catch the world’s largest and only site-specific art and performance festival next month.
OVER 45 world-class artistes will soon gather to transform the historical city of Melaka into a canvas for live art.
This will happen at the Melaka Art and Performance Festival (MAPFest), the world’s largest and only site-specific art and performance festival on a Unesco World Heritage site.
MAPFest returns to Bukit St Paul, Bandar Hilir Melaka from Nov 24 to 26, from 10am to 10pm daily.
Mustering together artistes from Australia, Russia, Indonesia, the United States, Japan, Spain, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Belgium and El Salvador, it is set to brighten the streets of Melaka with various solo and collaborative art performances.
The top highlights for MAPFest 2017 includes the Mapping Programme, site-specific performances improvised based on artistes’ disciplines and dance movements which take place in the afternoon at various sites in the vicinity of Bukit St Paul.
Cerita Pendik is a collection of short works 10 minutes long, performed by various artistes in the evening on the top of Bukit St Paul.
It is a perfect platform for artistes to showcase experimental works.
On the final night, Sunday, the audience will be treated to a large-scale performance titled Eulogy For The Living that features all the festival artistes in collaboration and directed by Tony Yap, the event’s creative director.
Eulogy For The Living is a devotional work marking the internal journey into the memory of body and soul. The living preserve the past and current, and allow things to pass.
In addition, there are also the morning yoga classes and dance workshops and a forum open for public participation free of charge.
The festival also features a photo exhibition with the Canossian Alumnae Association to raise awareness for the Canossian Sisters at the Sacred Heart Convent School, and this starts on Nov 4.
All the performances and exhibitions are free and open to the public. Visit
Festival producer Andrew Ching said: “We seek out financial support from corporations and the public sector to help us in promoting Melaka and Malaysia in the art industry. Our festival is a world-class international art festival, and has been attracting lots of local and foreign tourists.”
MAPFest is a platform for the young, emerging and accomplished artistes to share and showcase their artistic talents.
Yap said: “The performers get as much out of MAPFest as the audience. Contemporary dancers, musicians, visual and new media artistes alongside shamans from rural Java, voice stories of transformations, rites of passages and concerns of the inner conscience are part of the festival this time.”
Yap was one of the principal performers of The IRAA Theatre from 1989 to 1996. He has worked extensively in Australia and internationally, including the Agamemnon Festival, Colline Torinese in Italy and The Trojan Woman at the Vienna International Art Festival.
As the founding artistic director of Tony Yap Company in 1993, he is committed to the exploration and creation of an individual dance theatre language that is informed by physical research, Asian shamanistic trance dance, Butoh voices and visual design.
MAPFest is produced by Arts And Performance Festival Melaka, initiated by E-Plus Entertainment Productions, and supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.
Over the years, the festival has garnered awards from all over the world, including The Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards in Shanghai (Marketing Campaign Gold Winner — Culture And The Arts), and The Marketing Awards in Singapore (Gold Winner for Best Use of Venue).

Sunday, October 22, 2017


Malacca future HSR station in Ayer Keroh

As we get into Malacca, inspiration is drawn from Malacca’s history as a strategic trading port in its heyday. Thus the Malacca station design was drawn from the image of merchant ship, symbolising the entrepreneurship spirit of the local communities," Mr Najib said.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


MALACCA: Surveying works for the construction of the KL-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) station in Malacca have been implemented to identify the coordinates and area required for the project.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the project would also involve the acquisition of between 60.7ha to 80.9ha of land in Durian Tunggal from the landowners.
"Surveying works have been done and now we are waiting for the nod from the MyHSR Corporation Sdn Bhd for the land acquisition in the areas concerned.
"It is expected to (be) carried out soon and we have identified the parties or individuals involved in the land acquisition for the project and they will be compensated accordingly," he told reporters when met at the Deepavali open house hosted by the special secretary to the Malacca Chief Minister, Shanmugam Pitchay, here today.
He was asked to comment on the progress of the project for the fourth HSR station under construction which will connect Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
The KL-Singapore HSR, slated to start operation by 2026, connects the cities of Kuala Lumpur, Bangi, Putrajaya, Seremban, Malacca, Muar, Batu Pahat, Iskandar Puteri and Singapore. — Bernama

Monday, October 16, 2017


Proposal to build RM30m state archives in Malacca

MALACCA: The National Archives of Malaysia (ANM) has proposed to build a Malacca State Archives costing RM30 million in the effort to preserve state historical records.
National Archives director-general Datuk Azemi Abdul Aziz said the proposed Malacca State Archives would be built in Ayer Keroh here and the ANM office now operating in Menara Persekutuan, Ayer Keroh would also be shifted to the new building.
He said currently ANM was in the process of appointing the project development consultant and construction was expected to begin in Jan next year.
"With the building we could keep and preserve Malacca government records and documents systematically in line with international standards," he told Bernama.
Commenting further he said the Malacca State Archives which would be built beside the Home Ministry complex in Ayer Keroh, would be completed with an exhibition hall, repository and other specific facilities for research especially those involving records and history. — Bernama

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


The state government will look into promoting the historical Penarikan Portage (Laluan Penarikan) as part of the state’s tourist attraction. Pic by NSTP/ Jane Raj

MELAKA: The state government will look into promoting the historical Penarikan Portage (Laluan Penarikan) as part of the state’s tourist attraction.

State secretary Datuk Seri Naim Abu Bakar said the Penarikan Portage, a route which was used by Malay traders in ancient times for easy access between Melaka, Negri Sembilan, Pahang and Johor, could be made an attractive tourism product.
“It is exciting to see and experience the re-enactment of the historical Penarikan Portage through this expedition. It has helped us understand our history.
“The expedition has helped deepen the relationship of the four participating states,” he said after the closing the Penarikan Portage expedition at the Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum in Banda Hilir on Friday.
The five-day expedition saw the involvement of 100 crew members and 45 participants, which began from Sungai Pekan, Pahang.
Participants from all four states boarded several boats and undertook a river journey, similar to the route plied by Malay traders from olden days, which covered 600 kilometres.
Naim is proposing for the expedition to be held yearly to provide more opportunity for Malaysians to learn more about the history of Melaka.
Playing the role of Hang Tuah was 31-year-old Pangiran Nurdian Shah, who works in Kuala Lumpur, while playing the role of Tun Teja was played by 28-year-old Murni Safinaz Abu Salim.
“I am honoured to play the role of a historical warrior, where acting as Hang Tuah for the period of five days has not only taught me self-confidence but I’ve managed to immersed myself and learned about the rich history of Malaysia.
“Like myself, I hope that the younger generation will be curious to learn more about our history,” said Pangiran Nurdian.
As for Murni Safinaz, she said the expedition had given her a chance to do an in-depth research on Tun Teja.
“I took weeks to prepare ahead of the expedition. I did a lot of reading on how to talk and walk and gesture to make the experience as real as possible,” she said.
A student from University College of Islam Melaka, Muhammad Nurfaiss Sarif said that the expedition has instilled in him a love for history.
“It was an eye-opening experience for me. I have never been a fan of history but now, I am starting to love history because it was such a great journey and I got to learn about Hang Tuah’s history on the ground,” he said.