11 ABANDON PROJECTS TO BE REVIVED

Malacca rehabilitates 11 abandoned projects: Idris Haron

Posted on 21 February 2016 – 04:56pm
Last updated on 21 February 2016 – 06:19pm

MALACCA: The Malacca State government is in the process of rehabilitating 11 tourism projects that were abandoned in the state to ensure productivity in the tourism industry remained positive, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron.

He said the projects concerned included the upgrading of the monorail at Malacca River, the Malacca Zoo and the Dolphin Park at Pulau Melaka here as well as the development of the Extreme Park in Chin Chin, Jasin near here.

“For the monorail project, we have asked the party concerned to undertake a study and analysis, there will be a new approach in the management and development of the project while the other projects would be rehabilitated in stages and would be monitored to ensure their smooth implementation.

“This is a positive development to continue the abandoned projects, and we have identified 13 abandoned projects in the state but only 11 would be continued,” he told reporters, here today.

He disclosed this after the gathering with the Tourism Malaysia Director in conjunction with the program “Fun with Health, Tourism Malaysia Directors’ Retreat 2016”, here. – Bernama

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LOVE IS IN THE AIR

Tourists looking for love join in Malacca’s Chap Goh Meh celebration
22 FEBRUARY 2016 @ 9:56 PM
BY MICHELE NG

MALACCA: Love was in the air at the Quayside at the Malacca River as tourists mingled with locals to celebrate Chap Goh Meh.



A group of women in particular, were keen participants in the tossing of the oranges ritual, synonymous with the celebration often dubbed the ‘Chinese Valentine’s Day.’

Susanna and Carla Saradeth from Germany who were on the boat expressed their excitement at being part of the celebration for the first time.

“A friend of mine told me the meaning behind the orange tossing and said I would do it while I am here.

“At that time, I laughed it off but I never thought I would actually do it”, Susanna said with a giggle when met today.

Carla also jokingly said that they might get lucky in love after this.

Both Susanna and Carla liked the warmth that they received by the locals throughout the event.

“We were just walking by when we were invited to join and suddenly we were a part of everything.

“It was really cool and the dances and costumes were nice,” Carla said.

Those in attendance were also serenaded by a performance from the ‘Body and Soul’ band while being entertained by the catchy lagu joget by ‘The Serani Teng Teng’.

Present was state Transport and Project Rehabilitation executive committee chairman Datuk Lim Ban Hong, who officiated the event.

Chap Goh Meh is the 15th and last day of the Chinese New Year celebration.

Some of the women tossing oranges into the Malacca River at Quayside during the Chap Goh Meh celebration. Pix by HAIRUNISAH LOKMAN.

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Malacca wants to revive monorail project

  Monorel Melaka
The state government is resolute in reviving the Malacca Historic City Council monorail line despite the many glitches that halted its operation. The system is too expensive to be left abandoned and must be revived, it said. The line cost RM15.9mil to build and spans 1.6km, from Taman Rempah in Pengkalan Rama to Kampung Bunga Raya Pantai along the Malacca River.

The state wants to use it to promote the river as a tourist attraction. Launched on Oct 20, 2010, the China-made monorail system has been idle since 2011 after it was plagued by technical problems.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said yesterday a special steering committee led by the state secretary had recommended that the project be revived. The committee was set up recently to identify and recommend to the state government any abandoned projects that were worth pursuing. “The monorail is a project that we can’t afford to ignore because a lot of money has gone into it,” Idris told The Star.

Melaka Monorail

The Melaka Monorail Project

Malacca Monorail Project

File photo when the Melaka Monorail broke down

 He said the committee was also looking at 10 other projects, including Arab City, a sea lion park, an aviary, a planetarium and Malacca International Airport. “We will be reviving the monorail service first by getting new locomotives and coaches,” he said.

The project was a joint venture by the Malacca Historic City Council, state subsidiary Kumpulan Melaka Bhd and Agibs Engineering Construction Sdn Bhd. Soon after its launch, the train stalled with 20 passengers about 100m from Hang Jebat, the main station, and they had to be rescued with a sky lift.

The following year, 18 tourists from Hong Kong with their tour leader and guide were stranded when the train failed again, this time about 300m from the same station. Then state Tourism Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Datuk Latiff Thamby Chik had reported that the service suffered 21 disruptions since its start.

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Getting around Melaka

Overview
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As any other historical city, Malacca is very interesting, original and special. It offers delicious local cuisine, amazing attraction places and many astonishing photo shoot points. No matter how curious or eager you can be, this state will fulfill your whims. If you choose Malacca as your tourist destination you won’t be disappointed. As soon as you reached this city, don’t waste your time, just find a conveyance and explore, learn, eat, drink, have fun and feel Melaka.

Whether you are travelling alone, as a couple or in a group, the best way to get around the prime of Malacca is on foot. First of all visit Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum and Malacca Sultanate Palace Museum. These 2 places will tell you everything about Malaccan history. It is very important to know its past. The good part about Melaka is almost 70% of the major attractions are within 1km radius. There is no better way to have a good feel about Melaka by walking. It’s also a good free way to burn calorie without too exhausted.

If you are running out of time, rent a bicycle or join a cycling tour group. Some hotels offer bicycle rental for their guests. Each corner in Malacca denotes history, but at the same time, it is a modern city. The drawback of cycling within the city area is there is limited tracks for bicycle so sharing roads with cars and buses may become a bit dangerous. Also, do take note that some attractions in the hill side like St. Paul’s Hill are not reachable in bike.

When you reached Malacca River, try to look for Muara Jetty, which is next to Quayside Heritage Centre. This is the where the river cruise journey starts. In the 45-min sightseeing tour, you’ll cruise past historic buildings, old warehouses(godowns) and graffiti art on the buildings. Melaka River Cruise is one of the best ways to see the city’s beauty. If you haven’t got enough of the river view, pick a restaurant by the river and see how the environment changes color when the sky turns dark.

An unusual transport within Melaka is a trishaw. It is a small vehicle with a pedal and three wheels. You can find them at the Dutch Square. This non-pollute vehicle driver and at the same time guide, will acquaint you with every touristic point in the city.

No doubt a car is the faster way to explore a city. For most visitors who wants to explore Melaka outside the prime city area, hail for a taxi and the driver will take you anywhere you want. If you prefer chartered taxi services, they are available at the end of Jalan Kee Ann. A taxi can carry up to 4 passengers. As most taxi drivers don’t use meter, it is best to negotiate the price before hopping in the taxi. You are being ripped off if a ride less than 5 mins is charged RM15. A personal car is the most convenient vehicle. You have everything you may need at hand, especially when you travel with kids.

Any transport vehicle you choose will help you to explore the beautiful and unique Malacca.


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2 Responses to Getting around Melaka

  1. Anne Liltved says:

    I have tried to find a bus from Malacca to Mersing on July 8, but it seems as if they are all fully booked. Could it still be a chance to find bus transport or do we need to take a taxi (family of five)?

    • Go Admin says:

      You may want to search for the bus availability at Easybook and see if you can secure the seats. If bus transport is not possible, taking a taxi is an option.


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Eye on Melaka – Once Tourist Attraction, Now History

Many of the tourist destinations in the world are best known for the tourist attractions they provide. Melaka is best known for being a UNESCO world heritage city and the strait of Malacca is the longest strait in the world. There are other notable tourist attractions in Melaka as well.

Eye on Melaka

Eye on Melaka is a Ferry wheel / observation wheel located in the central Melaka on the bank of Malacca River. The 60 meter tall Ferry wheel provides an excellent view of the Straits of Melaka Melaka River.

Eye on Melaka is a portable Ferris wheel inspired by the likes of London Eye and Singapore Flyer. It was first operated in Kuala Lumpur for the celebration of the year 2007 in Malaysia. Mainly a tourism activity as Malaysia is one of the tourist attraction in South East Asia.


The Ferry wheel was later deployed in Melaka to provide tourists with the captivating panoramic view of the heritage city of Melaka. It is located nearby Melaka River, which holds history heritage of hundreds of years and a center of attraction for the tourists visiting Melaka.

Eye on Meaka comprise of 18 capsules and a full round takes less than 20 minutes. The Ferry wheel is open for tourists on the weekends and weekdays. The ticket price for an adult is about RM 20 (Ringitt), RM 10 for kids the special discounted price for the senior citizens.

The backdrop of heritage buildings and the view of Melaka River alongside the Eye on Melaka catches the attention of photographers, especially at night. There is also another observation wheel nearby by the name Menara Taming Sari which takes tourists to the high altitude as compared to the Ferry wheel. The charm and beauty of Eye on Melaka still attract thousands of tourists.

Eye on Melaka ceased operation in 2010 pending legal dispute with the owner. There was another project started in Melaka to build a 85meter Ferry wheel by the name “The Malaysia Eye” on Pulau Melaka. The project was never completed and another similar project was started to build a 13th largest Ferry wheel in the world (110 meter), but still it is work in progress.


The Ferry wheels attract tourists and are equally liked by kids people of all ages. Melaka is already known for being the world heritage site. We hope to see new Ferry wheel installation in this historical city soon.

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