Friday, July 21, 2017


Friday, 21 July 2017 | MYT 11:56 PM

Hatten to develop Melaka’s first health-tourism centre

“This project will add value or choice for tourists to seek more conducive treatment or healthcare services,” says Idris.
“This project will add value or choice for tourists to seek more conducive treatment or healthcare services,” says Idris.
MELAKA: Melaka’s first full-fledged health-tourism centre, Satori Sanctuary in the City, will be developed in Bandar Hilir at a cost of RM300mil.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the mixed development project by Hatten Land Ltd, expected to be completed by 2020, would boost the state’s medical tourism industry.

The project, to be developed on 0.83ha, would house 50 nursing facilities and other healthcare services, besides a shopping mall, parking lots, 336 hotel rooms and 192 serviced residences.

“Some 160,000 tourists visit Melaka yearly for healthcare services and check in the private hospitals here.

“This project will add value or choice for tourists to seek more conducive treatment or healthcare services,” he told reporters after officiating the Satori-Sanctuary in the City in Melaka on Friday.

He said the project would also contribute to the increase in the state’s gross income and generate more jobs for the locals.

Meanwhile, Hatten Land group managing director, Datuk Colin Tan said Melaka was among the top three states in Malaysia that offered the best healthcare and personal care services, besides having a vast prospect in the medical tourism industry.

“The medical tourism industry in this country is booming every year and Melaka is among the best states in this industry,” he added. - Bernama


Thursday, July 20, 2017


AirAsia Bhd will be introducing more domestic and international destinations for from the Melaka International Airport by October this year. (File pix)
MELAKA: AirAsia Bhd will be introducing more domestic and international destinations for from the Melaka International Airport by October this year.
State Transport, Project Rehabilitation and International Trade committee chairman Datuk Lim Ban Hong said the international destinations include Jakarta in Indonesia, and Hanoi and Ho Cho Minh in Vietnam.
"We will see the expansion of domestic flights to provide better transportation alternatives for the locals here by having flights to Kota Baru, Kota Kinabalu and Langkawi," he said.
Lim said this was the result of a successful meeting between AirAsia's chief executive officer Aireen Omar and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron on Monday.
"We believe that the expansion of flight destinations can be achieved in three months' time, beginning with Jakarta and other Southeast Asia destinations.
"This is a good indication. AirAsia sees our potential with Vietnamese listed as among the top five tourists in Melaka," he said.
Presently, Melaka has direct flight destinations to Pekanbaru, Penang and Guangzhou via xpressair, Malindo Air and China Southern Airlines.


Penerbangan Terus AirAsia Dari Melaka Ke Tiga Destinasi Baharu

Tarikh kemaskini: 17/07/2017

MELAKA, 17 Julai (Bernama) -- Syarikat penerbangan tambang rendah, AirAsia, dijangka memulakan penerbangan terus ke Hanoi, Pekanbaru dan Jakarta menerusi Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Melaka (LTAM) di Batu Berendam di sini, antara Oktober dan November ini.

Ketua Menteri Melaka Datuk Seri Idris Haron berkata pihak AirAsia melalui Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif dan Pengarah Eksekutifnya Aireen Omar telah menyatakan komitmen bahawa penerbangan terus ke tiga-tiga destinasi tersebut dijangka direalisasikan dalam tempoh tiga bulan dari sekarang.

"Ini perkembangan yang baik dan percaya menerusi laluan penerbangan baharu ini ia sekali gus memberitahu rakyat Melaka bahawa negeri ini akan menjadi pilihan utama pelancong,"katanya dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.....

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


MELAKA, July 19 — Melaka has been placed among the top 10 best tourism destinations in Asia 2017 by Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book publisher in the world, said Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron.
With this, he said, credit must be given to Tourism Melaka and other related agencies for their efforts in promoting the state internationally.
“We are proud that we have been put on the same level as other world destinations such as Gungzhou city in China, Takayama (Japan), Raja Ampat (Indonesia) and others,” he said in a press conference held after chairing the state executive committee meeting at Seri Negeri, Ayer Keroh, here today.
He said the recognition has placed Melaka on par with other tourism cities.
“The Malaysian government through the Ministry of Tourism and Culture has also recognised Melaka as the second tourism destination in the country,” he said.
He added that besides Lonely Planet, Melaka has also been recognised as an international tourism destination by others like The New York Times, tourism blogs and
Idris said in the early days of promoting Melaka, the state government had been the subject of wild accusations by certain parties, but in the end, their efforts had managed to draw world attention.
He also lambasted claims on the social media that the level of cleanliness had deteriorated, saying that Melaka was still the cleanest and most beautiful state in the country.
“The claims and accusations are untrue... to date, I have not seen any report from any agency on this,” he said.
On a separate development, Idris said the Melaka state government conveyed its condolences to Negri Sembilan on the death of Lenggeng state assemblyman Datuk Ishak Ismail who died from a heart attack yesterday. — Bernama

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Tuesday, 18 July 2017 | MYT 9:53 PM

Khairul breaks Jegathesan's 200m record

KUALA LUMPUR: Khairul Hafiz Jantan clocked a personal best of 20.90 seconds to break the men's 200m national record in the Malaysian Open Athletics Championships at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Tuesday.
The Melaka sprinter, who will turn 19 on Saturday, erased the 49-year-old record of 20.92 set by Tan Sri Dr M. Jegathesan in the semi-finals of the 1968 Mexico Olympics Games.
Khairul, who holds the 100m record of 10.18, said that he never expected to shatter the oldest record in athletics.
"I ran as fast I could and was delighted with my achievements.
"I thank God. All my prayers have been answered. I feel on top of the world," said Khairul.


Monday, July 17, 2017


Monday, 17 July 2017 | MYT 4:40 PM

Yong Tai to unveil condotel The Dawn in Melaka on July 21

The condotel The Dawn will be integrated into the 138-acre Impression City
The condotel The Dawn will be integrated into the 138-acre Impression City
KUALA LUMPUR: Yong Tai Bhd will unveil its latest property development in Melaka – The Dawn – a condominium-hotel with a gross development value of RM343mil on July 21 to 23.

The tourism and cultural property developer said on Monday The Dawn will be built within its multi-billion-ringgit Impression City in Kota Laksamana, Melaka.

The Dawn@ Impression City, to be built on a five-acre site, will comprise of one 28-storey block and another 29-storey block, and it will have all the facilities that a condominium-hotel living can provide to its residents.

The units are open for booking at Yong Tai’s headquarters at Jaya 99, Level 6 Tower A, Jalan Tun Sri Lanang, Melaka.

It is the first series of hotels in Impression City which are being designed towards the theme of the theatre productions. The condotel will be integrated into the 138-acre Impression City.

Fronting the scenic Straits of Malacca, it is just 2.5km from Melaka’s heritage site and sited next to a major coastal road.

The Dawn is developed parallel with the Impression Melaka iconic theatre - a mega cultural performance and landmark project in Impression City.

Yong Tai expects Impression Melaka to attract up to two million tourists every year. Hence, investors can be assured that the prime location and excellent condotel facilities will deliver impressive investment returns.

The Dawn comprises of 590 standard suites, 28 pool suites, 20 Jacuzzi suites and 10 VIP suites.  It has 712 parking bays on the ground floor up to level five.

The standard, pool and Jacuzzi suites will each have a floor area of 46 sq metres or 494 sq ft, while the VIP suites floor area is 92 sq metres or 988 sqf.

As part of the RM7bil Impression City, The Dawn is slated to be completed by end 2020. 


Friday, July 14, 2017


MITC Hotel today officially opened its doors welcoming tourists and visitors drawn to the uniqueness of Melaka's culture and cuisines, at affordable rates. (Pix by RASUL AZLI SAMAD)
MELAKA: MITC Hotel today officially opened its doors welcoming tourists and visitors drawn to the uniqueness of Melaka's culture and cuisines, at affordable rates.
The seven-storey hotel is a three-star hotel offering modern-contemporary accommodation for a comfortable and relaxing stay, be it for families and corporate groups.
Its general manager Sazali Sabri said the hotel which was built in 2005, had stopped its operations two years ago before it was acquired and redeveloped by the State Development Corporation (PKNM), a state government-owned corporation.
“It took us a total of RM30million to upgrade the hotel, with a cost of RM9million spent on refurbishment and more than RM20million spent on acquiring the hotel,” he said.
“This will be the first hotel in the state which uses names of the rural districts, such as Bemban Restaurant, Gadek Ballroom and Asahan Bar,” he told New Straits Times here, today.
Bemban is a state constituency in the Jasin parliament while Gadek and Asahan are state constituencies located in the Alor Gajah parliament.
Food and services provided here also embodies the quintessential Melaka style, where local cuisines such as fish head curry and Nyonya laksa are among the highlights on the menu.
The hotel was officiated by the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Melaka, Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob. Also present were Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron and several other state executive council members.
The hotel which was opened to the public since April 28, has received promising response with a 50 per cent occupancy rate on average.
“We are expecting the crowd to increase in the next half of the year, where Melaka usually receives more tourists during the year-end due to school holidays,” he said.
He added that the hotel was strategically located in Ayer Keroh near to tourist attractions including the Melaka Planetarium and the Melaka Zoo & Night Safari.
The hotel has a total of 189 rooms with four types of room, namely standard double, standard twin, deluxe and suite with prices ranging from RM185++ per night to RM350++ per night.
Its facilities include halls, coffee bar, swimming pool and a large courtyard for outdoor activities, which can accommodate 400 people at any one time.
Idris commented, stating that it was a major breakthrough for PKNM, a development-based corporation specialising in the industrial, residential and business sector, to expand into the hospitality sector.
“Today, PKNM is expanding its function to also focus on generating revenue to support management and development costs.
“PKNM has taken a step forward to venture into the hotel industry which would contribute to the state and the country’s economy and tourism industry,” he added.

Thursday, July 13, 2017


Friday, 14 July 2017 | MYT 12:25 PM

Melaka among top 10 Asian destinations

MELAKA: Lonely Planet has named Melaka among Asia's top 10 travel destinations in a list that includes Sri Lanka's hill country and Takayama in Japan.
Melaka, which came in at ninth place, saw Lonely Planet recommending boat rides along the Melaka river and the Zheng He Duo Yun Zuan gallery space.
"Boat rides along this meandering waterway are popular and soon water taxis will connect the Melaka Sentral bus station with downtown," said Lonely Planet.
It also recommended the weekend Trash & Treasure flea market as a place to search for souvenirs.
The 2017 Best in Asia list which came out on Tuesday was topped by China's Gansu province, for being "blissfully well-connected yet underrated relatively crowd-free".
In second place was the urban scene in the south of Tokyo, Japan while India's northern Kerala took third place, for "emerging slowly like a butterfly from a chrysalis".