Friday, July 3, 2015
Two electric buses are expected to start operating around the Unesco world heritage site in Banda Hilir here in early August.
State Transport and Project Rehabilitation Committee chairman Datuk Lim Ban Hong said the “hop-on hop-off” bus service would be operating with a one-price ticket system.
“The buses will be the first electric buses to be used in Malaysia on public roads and we believe it will help reduce traffic congestion, air and noise pollution.
“For a start, these buses will operate around the Unesco world heritage site and passengers will be using a one-day ticket at a certain price,” he told a press conference here today.
Also present was Panorama Melaka Sdn Bhd general manager Mohd Saleh Jusman.
The electric bus service will operate under the state government’s subsidiary company.
Lim said the two buses were among 40 electric buses expected to be fully operational in the state by the end of next year.
“We will receive in stages another 38 electric buses from Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation in China from early next year.”
Lim said a fully-charged bus could travel as far as 180km and the battery would take 100 minutes to recharge. It can travel at a maximum speed of 76kph.
The 33-seater bus has one seat for the disabled and is also equipped with nine CCTV cameras. Lim said a charging station had been built at the Melaka Sentral Bus Terminal for the electric buses.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
MALACCA: Malacca International Airport (LTAM) is discussing with the airline companies to use the airport to fly to Guangzhou, China and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
State Transport and Project Rehabilitation Committee chairman Datuk Lim Ban Hong, said LTAM was also eyeing Medan, Palembang and Surabaya in Indonesia.
"So far the discussions are positive," he told a media briefing here yesterday.
Currently, Malindo Air flies from LTAM to Kota Baru, Penang and Pekan Baru, Indonesia.
Lim said that LTAM recorded 24,616 passenger departures and 28,275 arrivals since the commencement of Malindo Air's operations on Nov 5, 2014 until May 15 this year.
Lim said that the state government planned to launch flights to various Unesco sites.
He said among them were ngkor Wat in Cambodia, Borobudur in Indonesia and Luang Prabang in Laos.
He said that the proposal was also in line with Malaysia taking over chairmanship of Asean.
In addition to this, Lim said that Malacca, an Unesco heritage site, was working to promote ties with other sites.
"This will allow tourists to LTAM as the gateway to other Unesco heritage sites in other Asean member countries," he said. – Bernama
MALACCA - The Vatican is impressed with Malacca's policy of promoting moderation and harmonious living among its various ethnic groups.
The Vatican's Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia Archbishop Joseph Marino said the Holy See had a high regard for such approaches.
"This is an exemplary state. We admire Malacca for ensuring racial unity with minimal issues on race relations," he said after calling on State Secretary Datuk Wira Nain Abu Bakar at Seri Negeri here yesterday.
Marino, who was posted as the Vatican's first resident Apostolic Nuncio here in 2013, visited the Portuguese Settlement here where he witnessed the Festa San Juan (feast of St John the Baptist) which is celebrated with much religious fervour and reverence.
About 14 Roman Catholic priests gathered there to welcome the Vatican's representative.
Joseph Sta Maria, who is the representative of minority ethnic communities under social service unit Pembela, described Archbishop Marino's visit to the historical city as most significant to the Roman Catholic community here.
"He was brought to various historical sites. The prayers at the Portuguese Settlement meant a lot to all of us," he said.
Sta Maria said the Archbishop also visited the 466-year-old ruins of the ancient Rosary Chapel (Ermida de Rosario) at Jalan Bunga Raya Pantai along Sungai Malacca.
Malaysia established diplomatic relations with the Vatican following a meeting between Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Pope Benedict XVI in July 2011.
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