Sunday, June 28, 2009


Sunday, June 28, 2009

MELAKA, June 25 (Bernama) -- Melaka's Aerorail Transit System project worth RM1.5 billion is expected to start in the first quarter next year, according to its developer Pyramid Express Sdn Bhd.
Its managing director, Lim Sue Beng, said a total of 26 trains with five compartments each will be offered to serve 10 stations while the development will be carried out in two phases."The whole project is expected to be completed in six years," he told reporters at the initial preview of the project at the lobby of the Majlis Bandaraya Melaka Bersejarah (MBMB) building here Thursday.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam was also present at today's event.The aerorail system in Melaka will be built, operated and managed by Pyramid Express Sdn Bhd with the help of the local agent of Aerobus International from Houston, US.
In the development plan are the construction of structure, stations, the aerorail depot, hotel, serviced apartment and others.Lim said the first phase costing RM500 million will see the construction of the route covering 7.8 km in length, seven stations and a depot while the second phase will cost RM1 billion."The second phase will cover another 7.5 km and the building of three stations and the other facilities," he said.
Meanwhile, Mohd Ali said that among the 10 stations identified were the Tun Ali station (town central), Chempaka station, Sentral station, Peringgit station, College station (close to Kolej Yayasan Melaka), MBMB station, MMU station, MITC station and the last station near Zoo Melaka.
The project plan is on the display to the public until Sept 22. Mohd Ali said the people were invited to give their comments, suggestions and any objections so that Melaka is able to provide an efficient public transportation system for its people and visitors.-- BERNAMA
Previously posted news:
The state government has approved the reclamation of a 72ha site off the Portuguese Settlement for mixed development, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said.
He said a private company, Bumi Tabah Sdn Bhd, which is undertaking the reclamation would create six man-made islands that would have hotels, shopping malls and high-end residential apartments. “Malacca can be called Venice of the East once again after completion of the six islands, expected within five years,” Mohd Ali told reporters after presenting presents to children at Portuguese Settlement.
He said there would be road links from the commercial area of Taman Melaka Raya to Tengkera, adding that the state also planned to construct a coastal highway connecting Melaka Raya, Padang Temu, Pertam and the Air Keroh-Merlimau-Jasin highway.
The Chief Minister gave his assurance that the fishermen along the coast would not be affected by the projects, as a new jetty would be built at Klebang beach soon. "The new jetty would serve as a centre for all fishing boats to land their catches," he said.
Bumi Tabah director Joseph Sta Maria said the project would complement the coastal corridor development planned by the state government. "We are investing RM1 bil for the reclamation which is expected to be completed within 18 months together with the creation of the six islands," he said.
Sta Maria said the project would be marketed in Dubai, Australia, Singapore and China next year

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Melaka's here to Party. Where are you?

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Malacca's gonna have water taxi-woohoo!

The state government plans to introduce a water taxi service along Sungai Melaka and the coastal areas in the state before year-end.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the taxis would provide service from Melaka Sentral to the Dataran Sungai Melaka and from the Sungai Melaka estuary to the Sungai Linggi Jetty and the Sungai Rambai Jetty.

He said this at the launching of the Pesta Sungai Melaka ceremony by Malacca Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob here last night.

Mohd Ali said the proposal to introduce the taxis, like the ones used in Britain and New Zealand, was to diversify activities along Sungai Melaka.

He said so far, the Melaka River and Beach Development Corp provided 25 passenger boats for the Melaka river cruise for people to enjoy the scenery along the 4.5km stretch between Tanah Rempah Ratus and the river mouth.
— Bernama

Monday, June 1, 2009

Windows of Opportunity ?
Excerpt taken from The Malaysian Insider.
JUNE 1 –

Business and Industry leaders in S’pore were recently asked this question:
*What unexploited business synergies do you see between Singapore and Malaysia?
*What issues need to be addressed to enable these synergies to be tapped and maximised?

Robert Meyer, Managing Director Halcyon Investment Corporation Pte Ltd
IN the state of Johor, an estimated 165 inhabitants live per square kilometre, with a per capita GDP of $15,000. In Singapore, just a Causeway away, each square kilometre is home to 6,760 people with a per capita GDP of $39,000.
As global trade is affected by the financial crisis, it makes sense for neighbouring regions to explore bilateral opportunities. Between Singapore and Johor, let alone Malaysia as a country, the opportunity is obvious: Singapore is short on land and long on management systems and well-heeled consumers. Inversely, Johor and indeed Malaysia have substantial land resources but lack management systems and comparative consumer spending power.
The principle barrier to economic and social interaction between both regions is the historical instability in the legislative framework. As partners, the leading representatives of the public and private sectors of both regions should form a Regional Development Committee, tasked to explore economic and social integration scenarios. On the basis of such analysis, this taskforce should develop a long-term framework to facilitate what will become a natural process of osmosis, driven by scarcity and a free market system. If the playing field is level and the rules are clear and reliable in their application, both regions will be better off in the long run.

Tom Huzell, Managing Director Ikano Pte Ltd
SINGAPORE and Malaysia really have the potential of a beautiful “joint venture”. Malaysia has access to plenty of cheap and attractive land, and cheap(er) and attractive labour. Singapore has none of the two but has, with its international reputation, a lot of international companies already present and active in the country.
Both countries are fluent in English, and both have a good educational system. Both countries have a lot of ethnic, cultural and historical common denominators.
What needs to be done:
First, put all agony, jealousy, little brother-big brother complex behind them, and look for mutual benefits for cooperation.
Second, let Singapore and Malaysia have no-Customs, no-passport borders between them in the way that Sweden and Norway had for years before the European Union became a reality. Today the transit between the countries is very troublesome, and does not encourage cross-border business.

Tan Kok Leong, Principal TKL Consulting
MALAYSIA is a friendly, progressive and moderate Muslim country. The most distinctive achievement of Malaysia is the unique inter-racial harmony and religious tolerance. Racial co-existence is found right down at the street level.
Malaysia has ancient rain forests and the jungles are conserved. About 70 per cent of Sarawak is virgin forest, inhabited by rare and exotic plant and animal species that make Sarawak and Sabah a treasure of biodiversity.
New tourist destinations in forest or on mountain top, or with new facilities on transportation, entertainment and accommodation or project on biotechnology perhaps could be exploited between the two countries.
Benedict Soh, Executive Chairman Kingsmen Creatives Ltd
WE should focus on the similarities and, paradoxically, the differences of the two countries to maximise untapped synergies for ‘win-win’ results.
Malaysia’s plentiful land and manpower resources can be combined with the international expertise of Singapore companies.
Areas which are still under-exploited are export-oriented goods targeted at world markets and tourism/lifestyle businesses. Further boosting of tourism will benefit both domestic and international travellers.
On the domestic front, Singaporeans will enjoy a better lifestyle from the savings of holidaying in Malaysia. For international travellers, offerings from Malaysia’s destinations complement those from Singapore.
In order to succeed, a seamless transaction process and security issues ought to be looked into.

Robert Bailey, President and CEO Abacus International
THE two countries complement each other very well in terms of tourism offerings. Their proximity to each other is another reason why it makes sense to jointly market themselves as a tourist destination. The Malaysia-Singapore Tourism Council set up in 1982 has launched ‘one destination, two countries’ initiatives.
To realise the full potential of this attractive combination and bring benefits to tourism businesses on both sides of the Causeway, the Council can be more active, implement sustained sales and marketing efforts in target markets and have more tour packages that twin Singapore and Malaysia.

The expanded bilateral air services pact announced in April is a good move that makes it easier for tourists to travel between both countries. More frequent flights and to more cities can only benefit tourism.

Original Report from– Business Times Singapore
Singapore Just A Firefly Away

15 May 2009
Subang, 28 May 2009 - Firefly announced the commencement of its much talked about new routes to Singapore at a press conference held at the SkyPark Subang Terminal today.
Firefly will be making its first entrance into Singapore skies on the 1st of July departing SkyPark Subang terminal at 7:50am arriving at the Changi Budget Terminal at 9:05am. This 4 times daily route is very much targeted to the business community offering added convenience of the airport location, SkyPark Subang Terminal.

Firefly's other new Singapore routes will also begin in stages in the month of July.
Firefly's Managing Director, Eddy Leong emphasized that, "This is a much anticipated moment for all of us at Firefly. Our new routes into Singapore further strengthens Firefly's network focusing on commuters for business and leisure travelers. It also completes our promotion of ONE destination FOUR countries, pairing countries together to co-support tourism. Singapore is an important hub for Firefly to tap into as our target market will now expand to not only Singaporeans but also Malaysians working in Singapore, the expatriate community and transit passengers."

Leong further reiterated the benefits of flying with Firefly whereby passengers have the convenience of flying from a city airport, hassle free check in, free 20 kg baggage allowance for check-in baggage, assigned seating, and in-flight complimentary refreshment with snack at no additional cost.

Firefly offers an introductory promotional all-inclusive one way fare from RM88.. The fares are already available for booking for travel period from now till 24 October 2009. For booking details, please visit

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