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Source: Xinhua| 2018-07-08 11:01:35|Editor: Li Xia
"Encore Melaka", an indoor theme production, is performed in Malacca of Malaysia July 7, 2018. A combination of song, dance and story-telling, the show, directed by Chinese Wang Chaoge, features the history of Malacca of more than 600 years, which dates back to the ancient Malacca Sultanate. (Xinhua/Chong Voon Chung)
KUALA LUMPUR, July 8 (Xinhua) -- "Encore Melaka," an indoor theme production directed by Chinese director Wang Chaoge, premiered at the Malaysian city of Malacca on Saturday night.
A combination of song, dance and story-telling, the show features more than 600 years history of Malacca, which dates back to the ancient Malacca Sultanate.
Not only can the audience marvel at the arrival of Chinese navigator Zheng He's fleet to Malacca, but also can feel the cultural richness of the city, such as the daily life of Baba Nyonya people, who are the the descendants of Chinese immigrants who came to the Malay Peninsula.
The show, produced by local cultural and tourism firm Yong Tai, is performed at one of the largest theater in Southeast Asia. More than 200 performers, the majority of whom recruited locally, have participated in the show.
The show follows the success of other theme productions such as "Impression Lijiang" and "Encore Pingyao," both of which are directed by Wang.
"Encore Melaka" would make every tourist coming to Malacca to be proud of the city and join their hands in building friendship and love, Wang said after the performance.
Tey (in middle) explaining the policy on 99 years leasehold land to owners at Alor Gajah Land and Mines office.
Tey also said parking hours during weekdays have also been changed from 9am to 5pm, compared to 8am to 6pm now.
“This parking fee exclusion is not applicable to private parking areas or the 12 privatised companies commissioned by MBMB such as the Melaka Sentral transitional market in Bachang, Tabung Haji Complex and Jalan Kota Museum,” he said.
The parking rates remain the same at 40 sen for half-an-hour, 60 sen for one hour and RM5 for full day parking.
The two types of payment method are via coupons or users can download and use the “Smart Parking Melaka” app via Android or IOS devices.
On another matter, Tey said a policy was in place to allow landowners to renew their 99-year leasehold much earlier, and not wait until the lease was near expiry date.
He said property owners are given three months to extend their lease by settling their premium based on the current market value of their properties.
He said this covers residential, commercial and plantation land in the state.
“The Land and Mines office is given six months to approve an application to extend the leasehold,” he said.
Tey said this at a meeting with 50 landowners at the Alor Gajah Land and Mines office to explain the details of the new policy for those with leasehold properties.
He said the decision to allow the extension on leasehold properties was in line with the Government’s move to allow Malay leasehold land to be converted to Malay Customary Land (MCL) with a nominal fee of RM1,000.
MCL is allowed under the Malacca Lands Customary Rights Ordinance of the Straits Settlements that was drawn up during the British administration from 1826 to 1957.
The extension of lease for leasehold properties is governed under Section 197 of the National Land Code (Act 56 of 1965).
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The Baba Nyonya dance scene in the Encore Melaka theatre production. The 70-minute show, which opens in July, recounts the state of Melaka's history through stories, music and dance. Photos: Encore Melaka
Nearly five years ago, Datuk Wira Boo Kuang Loon had a dream. He wanted to make his hometown Melaka the ultimate tourist destination. At a media preview event on May 28, hundreds of audience members witnessed the realisation of that impossible dream with Encore Melaka.
The 70-minute long show, which will open to the public July 1 at Impression City, Kota Laksamana, recounts the long-forgotten tales of the historic city, from the stories of the early voyagers to the birth of modern Melaka.
“I’m a Melaka boy and I’ve always wanted to do something for my hometown,” says Boo, the CEO of Yong Tai Berhad, a tourism and cultural-related property developer, in an interview before the Encore Melaka preview show.
“To be honest, I felt shy whenever my friends from overseas visited me because besides bringing them to the historic sites in the daytime and maybe host them for dinner, there’s nothing to show them at night,” he adds.
As a new landmark, the Encore Melaka theatre promises to write a new chapter in the state’s cultural entertainment history. It is the focal point of the multi-billion ringgit Impression City, an integrated mixed development by Yong Tai in Kota Laksamana.
Encore Melaka, helmed by China-based artistic director Wang Chaoge, is a state-of-the-art production of Wang’s retelling of Melaka’s beginnings and growth through a timeline of six centuries. Wang was part of the team behind the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
The Encore Melaka theatre, a scenic venue overlooking the Straits of Melaka, is the region’s largest permanent show. All the action takes place inside the purpose-built 2,000-seat theatre, which has been designed especially to provide a hi-tech retelling of Melaka’s rich history.
The director and her team spent nearly two years studying Melaka’s history, culture, traditions and most importantly, the people. Encore Melaka is also a spin-off project inspired by Wang’s signature Impression series.
The Encore Melaka theatre boasts innovative and stunning video projection mapping and multi-stage hydraulic sets, advanced lighting and features a 360-degree rotating audience platform. The show features 200 local performers.
“When I watched the Impression series in China, I knew this is what I wanted for Melaka. So I approached the Impression team and began working with them since 2013 to make the show possible,” shares Boo.
“This is an exciting chapter for Melaka. This will also propel the country’s economic growth and create job opportunities for the locals,” he adds.
Encore Melaka is touted to be South-East Asia’s largest permanent show theatre that seats more than 2,000. The building was designed by Wang Ge from the Beijing Institute Of Architectural Design. It occupies 6ha of land and overlooks the scenic water view of the Straits of Melaka.
Melaka is the first city outside of China to stage an Impression Series performance.
Encore Melaka opens on July 1. Visit encore-melaka.com. Facebook: Encore Melaka.
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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.
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.”
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A 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 a
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
MELAKA – A total of 16.79 million tourists visited Melaka last year, the highest ever recorded by the state, says Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron.
He said this was proof that Melaka had become one of the main tourist destinations in the country, with the majority of foreign tourists from China, Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
“Melaka may be small in size but immense in stature, where centuries of civilisation and cultures have met here, shaping the foundation of a thriving and progressive nation that we have today.
“We can see the growth of the tourism sector which attracted 16.28 million tourists in 2016, and we are targeting 17 million for this year,” he said in his speech at a dinner in conjunction with the 9th Joint Seminar and 40th Public Services Games For Public Sector Leaders of Malaysia and Singapore 2018 here tonight.
Also present were Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, Head of Civil Service of Singapore Leo Yip and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
The three-day event which began yesterday is attended by 41 public officials from Malaysia and 33 from Singapore.
Idris said among recognition which Melaka received last year were ‘The World’s Trendiest Holiday Destination by The British Post’; ‘The Most Visited City In Malaysia After Kuala Lumpur (Recognition by Motac)’; and ‘Top 10 Best Destination Must Visit in Asia By Lonely Planet.com’.
Four more ‘Top 25 Destinations By Trip Advisor.com’; ‘Top Five Shopping Heaven In Malaysia’, ‘Top 50 World Street Food Awards’ and ‘The Prime Minister’s Tourism Award For 2017’.
Idris said apart from distinction in tourism industry, the state government also worked hard to promote Melaka as a centre for investment, and for the past four and a half years, top companies worldwide had come to the state.
“We managed to receive more than RM22 billion in investments in the manufacturing sector, the highest in the investment history of Melaka.”
A village largely left untouched since the ‘20s, Kampung Morten still retains its identity, writes Loong Wai Ting
IT IS raining heavily when the Uber driver, a chatty fellow, drops us off at the fountain outside of Kampung Morten in the heart of the historic city of Melaka. It takes a while for us to find the famous fountain, the meeting point of the Kampung Morten Cultural and Heritage Guided Walk, as it is located on the far side of the village.
My guide Shaukani Abbas is already waiting for us at a food stall near the fountain. Our tour is supposed to start at 5pm but due to the relentless rain, we decide to sit it out. But half an hour later, we’re still stuck at the stall, where Shaukani offers plan B.
If it continues to rainfor another 10 minutes, we’ll have to come back the next day. As if Mother Nature hears our silent plea for the rain to stop, it finally does 10 minutes later.
As we prepare for the tour, a jovial Canadian couple and two locals from Penang ask if they can join us on our walk. Of course, they can! After all, the more the merrier, no?
The sun is out, there is a rainbow and water puddles on the street reflect the beautiful wooden and brick houses in Kampung Morten. The Melaka River across the street flows steadily, carrying with it fallen branches and dead leaves. Passengers on the river cruise wave as they move past us.
Enclosed by tall buildings and luxury hotels, Kampung Morten is a tiny Malay village, an anachronism that has survived the passing years.
Ironically, with the rapid urbanisation project in Melaka, the village is largely left untouched since the ‘20s. But instead of old village houses connected with stilts, there are now tarred roads.
Like Kampung Baru in Kuala Lumpur, Kampung Morten still preserves its rustic charm and identity.
Back in the day, when the nearby market in Kampung Jawa was forced to make way for a development, its residents soughta place to call home. It was by chance that they came across a swampy plot filled with nipah and mangrove forest and decided to make it their home. But there was a problem: The Hindu Mohammad Endowment Board wanted 10,000 Straits Dollar for the land.
So, the village head Othman and his brother-in-law Demang Abdul Ghani approached the British Land Commissioner Frederick Joseph Morten to secure a loan and subdivided the land into 100 plots.
To thank Morten for his assistance, the villagers named the village after him. As nearby villages changed their names to Malay, Kampung Morten retains its name to pay tribute to the man who helped established their village.
But Othman’s role and contribution to the village have not gone unrecognised. The Melaka State Government honoured him by naming the main street surrounding the village as Persiaran Datuk Othman.
Today, a walk in Kampung Morten is similar to what you would expect in the past, except for better roads and more modern-looking houses.
The population of the village is 900, with 96 houseson the 96-hectare land. In July 2002, the village was gazetted as a Residential Area under the Preservation and Conservation of Cultural Heritage Enactment 1988.
Much of the tradition and custom are still retained till today. It’s a delight to watch children playing on the once-narrow streets, cycling past neighbours’ houses, calling out to their friends. Older children who have just got back from religious school join their friends.
Hands on each other’s shoulders, they are not shy to say hello to strangers. A boy comes up to us and shouts “selamat datang” (welcome).
Our first stop is the Herbs Garden Md Jas Jalani. Local herbs and fruit trees grow in abundance around the house. Shaukani introduces to us the various herbs used in curries andsavoury dishes.
I bite into the tart green fruit of the belimbing buluh (similar to star fruit) tree. Next, we marvel at the fresh Vietnamese mint that grows beautifully beside the belimbing buluh tree. As my hand brushes among the plant, I can’t help but salivate at the thought of the piping hot assam laksaand assam pedas.
Continuing the 90-minute tour, we stop at Rumah Merdeka, a house decked in the Jalur Gemilang that flutters in the wind. The Melaka flag is also on each side of the roof of the house.
Before entering the house or the living museum as our guide puts it, we are briefed on the custom before entering a Malay house. It is an eye-opener for the international tourists and a good reminder for locals on the do’s and don’ts of Malay customs.
Upon entering the house, we are greeted by a chatty woman named Aminah Abu Bakar, who was born and raised in the house.
According to Mak Cik Aminah, as she is fondly called, her mother always reminded her children to be thankful for a peaceful country. In fact, she would get angry if her children were late in decorating their house with Malaysia flags.
Every year on the night of independence, she prepared a special menu of boiled tapioca with spicy anchovies, a staple during the war. Shespent RM100 every August to buy and decorate her house with the Jalur Gemilang.
Antique radio and cutlery from yesteryears line glass shelves in the house. Aminah then shows me a glass feeding bottle belonging to her. “I used to drink milk from this bottle when I was small,” she says as she carefully takes it out of the glass cabinet and places it in front of us.
Except for the yellowing pacifier, the bottle looks pristine, as if just bought from a store.
Next, Aminah shows us the correct way to wear the sarung typically worn by men and women in Southeast Asia.
In Malaysia, the sarung is worn during prayers, leisure or simply to enjoy the comfort of the wear.
We are invited to explore Aminah’s home, which has two entrances. The main entrance is for visitors and its male residents, while the back entrance is used by women and children. The house is divided into three areas: serambi (verandah), rumah ibu (main area) and dapur (kitchen).
Some houses have anjung and passageways. Anjung is a covered porch used as a relaxation area for the family and to receive guests. The passageway known as selang links the main house to the kitchen, and in case of fire, it provides an effective escape route. The house is usually built on wooden posts to protect against wild animals, floods as well to provide ventilation.
No tour in Kampung Morten is complete without visiting Villa Sentosa, dubbed The Living Museum by many tourists.
It was built in 1920 by the late Othman, the same man who contributed to the founding of the village but it wasn’t until Hashim Abdul Ghani, who took over the house, that extensive renovation was done to the house. It was officially turned into a museum on Dec 11, 1991.
Since then, nine generations of Othman’s descendents have stayed in this house. Villa Sentosa has a unique interior apart from a collection of Malay traditional wear, musical instruments and antique furniture. Entrance to Villa Sentosa is by donation.
All the 96 houses in Kampung Morten offer homestays. Thirteen offer kampung-style accommodation.
ONE FOR THE ROAD
Before leaving Kampung Morten, I recommend eat your fill of nasi lemak at the famous Nasi Lemak Haji Deraman stall, manned by the man himself, and who has been selling the rice dish for the past 33 years.
The dish comprises rice cooked in coconut milk and screw pine leaves, and served with sambal (chilli paste), fried anchovies, boiled eggs and sliced cucumbers. Side dishes include fried chicken and beef rendang. Commonly wrapped in banana leaves, it is one of the popular items for breakfast. But of course, any true blue Malaysian will tell you that nasi lemak can be eaten any time throughout the day and night.
TIMES Magazine recently listed nasi lemak as one of the top 10 healthiest international breakfast. More reason to tuck in?
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ONCE a filthy river filled with trash, the Melaka river has gone through a clean-up, thanks to a project by the Danish Cooperation for Environment and Development, a non-profit organisation.
The clean-up, which began in January 1996 with a grant of RM12 million, was divided into two phases: The first lasted for six months to identify the nature of the problem,followed by a two-year phase to collect data to formulate action plans.
The local government, inspired by the river concept in St Antonio River Walk in Texas, US spent RM300 million to beautify the river.
HOURS Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5pm. Be there by 4.45pm for registration.
PAY It’s free!
HOW TO GET THERE
It is easier to grab a ride-sharing services or taxi. Just tell your driver where to drop you off as there are a few entry and exit points in the village. The meeting point of the guided walk is at the fountain near a banana fritters stall