WORLD HERITAGE DESTINATION

WORLD HERITAGE DESTINATION

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Malaysian coach operators strike partnership with Singapore resort



A tourist boat travels near the Merlion statue overlooking the Marina Bay Sands Casino construction site in Singapore. - Reuters pic
SINGAPORE, April 19 — Marina Bay Sands will partner 12 coach operators in Malaysia to provide Malaysians from the peninsular easy passage to Singapore's second integrated resort and casino by the Marina Bay here.

In a statement today, the resort company said the operators include five of the country's top cross border coach operators, namely Super Nice Express, Compass Coaches, Luxury Tours and Travel, Gunung Raya and First Coach.

The operators will operate from Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Penang, Ipoh, and within the state of Johor, which include Segamat, Muar, Kluang, Batu Bahat, Kulai, Danga Bay and Johor Bahru, to Marina Bay Sands which is scheduled to open by the end of the month.

"Marina Bay Sands is just a drive away from Malaysia. As our closest neighbours and one of our top priority markets, we would like to extend a welcoming hand and facilitate special arrangements for our Malaysian friends to travel to our destination in style and enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences with us," said Thomas Arasi, chief executive officer and president of Marina Bay Sands.

Coach prices range from S$55 (RM132) return to S$110 (RM264) return. The 12 operators offer over 130 trips daily with additional trips during peak seasons.

Tickets will be available in ticketing and service counters operated by the respective coach operators from tomorrow. — Bernama


 

  
Unlike any great (t)art, great cuisine comes from the heart and is fueled by passion. When well executed, it visualizes a feast for the senses that thrills with promises of yet to come galore and the glory of gumption.
In Malaccan culture, the mixing of different races and spices enables this noblest of efforts to produce miracles in her kitchens and cafes and restaurants. The ubiquitous Laksa is the off spring of such a local efforts. Do not be surprise to note that such is the potency and flavor of this fusion dish that all the races in Melaka have their own version of it. From the Malays to the Chitty's to the Chinese, as you traverse the kitchens, the tell tale  sights and smells that wafts through and greets you tell tales of promised gluttony and gobbled savouries.

Melaka's Nyonya Laksa in particular is fantabulous if you're searching for an epiphany of  visually striking colors, sweltering tongues greedily gobbling the next spoonful of it's heaven inducing broth in your food all done with the promise of an early coronary attack.The  seductive, tasty attraction of this  piping hot coconut milk laced noodle broth /sauce is legendary. Laced with the right amount of  local noodles, seafood, ingredients and spices, this  bowl of artery blocking, mouth watering, eye smarting concoction is a blessing for all those who crave spicy asian fast food.

In Melaka, you can have this broth almost everywhere in town but i prefer the ones specially prepared by the aged aunties and uncles in pushcarts as they traverse the weather beaten lanes and streets fronts off Jalan Bunga Raya in old Melaka as these would be the best flavored and original tasting types.

Having this Laksa here with old styled black coffee as a chaser will bring back memories for you (or at least make one if you haven't ever sweltered over a bowl of this tasty & fire alarm inducing bowl of noodles before.)
Simply lovely.

Thursday, April 22, 2010




MIDMORNING TALES FOR THE MIDDLE AGED.



How very curious.

Recently all the men I know are becoming far more obsessed with their health than ever. More than their fathers and grandfathers ever were.



Me, I grew up in a cloud of petrol, tobacco and cigar smoke, as my dad and uncles smoked, wined, dined and whored themselves into their grave.

Now men are more likely to be killed by overdoing the cardiovascular exercise bikes.



There was a time not long ago,that a small protruding belly for the men was passage of comfort & pride to be carried nonchalantly as the mark of time and adulthood into asian society.Now it's a sign for every jane,sue and allen out there to corall you into buying their "health products" or worse yet, used as a social crutch at your expense.



It probably started out innocently enough and with good motives, these intentions to have others look slim, groomed & neat;and mirror images of the youthful models pictured in those magazines people buy but somewhere down the line these well meanings have turned horrible as society started taking the fake and doctored pictures as a possible reality for their family, pets and even friends.

Now these ideas of what the modern man should look like has perpetuated a society so deep out of reality that even my fish grocer is into "pores cleaning" and " anti wrinkle creams" !



Not that he shouldn't, mind you. But such is peer pressure nowdays that it seems the idea that started with every man being healthy and slim has commercially transformed quite naturally into the idea of being a dandy and loving it.

This is what you get when the world is at peace and society is thriving. More Dandified Men.

Look, the very idea of being well groomed and healthy is fine & applaudable with me but you're pushing it when men are pressured by all manner of insidious advertising and promotions to look like the actors and young models on the telly. That's a pipe dream girly, cause age and time waits on no man and those farts ,warts,and wobbly butts are just gonna get worse and head south as you age.

No cream, dream, scream or trampoline is gonna change that. Though an ice cream done occasionally for him might not hurt!



Scribed by Gunabalan


 

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Melaka Grilled Fish



By Mohamad Bakri Darus

MELAKA,  (Bernama) -- Many will drool when they hear of the delicious 'ikan bakar', the grilled fish that is popular in the Malay cuisine.

And probably Melaka is the best place to savour this delicacy as there is a number of locations by the seaside serving fresh seafood - fish, shrimp, crab, squid and shellfish - grilled over mangrove charcoal.

The Floating Ikan Bakar Village in Umbai, the ikan bakar square at Pengkalan Pernu, Sungai Duyung and Anjung Batu, and the ikan bakar restaurant in Kuala Sungai Baru are the places to savour this tantalizing offering.

 The grilled fish can be eaten with white rice or the 'nasi lemak' wrapped in banana leaf along with other dishes.

As these grilled fish outlets are located along the coastline facing the Strait of Melaka, diners are set to be serenaded by the soft roar of the waves and the rustling sound of the wind that al combine into a wonderful dining experience.

To wet their throat, they have multiple choice of drinks - sugar cane, coconut and fresh fruit juices.

FRESH SEAFOOD

A grilled fish outlet operator in Pengkalan Pernu, Jalaludin Said noted that many people patronized his shop as the seafood offered is fresh and they can choose what they want.

"Most love the jenahak, siakap and pari (sting ray) to be grilled other than the squid, crab and shellfish...with about 100 kg of seafood offered daily," he told Bernama here, recently.

 "Seafood like the shrimps and crabs available here are fresh and when grilled they can please even the hardest palette, especially after dipping into the soy sauce," said a seafood lover, Noraini Hamid, 40, when met at the ikan bakar square at Pengkalan Pernu.

She added that it tastes great when eaten with the nasi lemak.
 OFFERINGS AT THE GRILLED FISH SQUARE

The locations in Melaka offering grilled fish are crowded especially during the school holidays and it is certainly the place to make a stopover for visitors to Melaka.

There are also organisations that opt for this grilled fish outlets to hold dinner events.

While enjoying their meal, visitors can view the fishing boats anchored at the estuary.

Many who come here also take the opportunity to snap pictures with the estuary and the anchored boats as the background.

Also, from the wooden jetty one can watch young and old fishermen mending their nets or getting ready to go to the sea at night.

Further into the horizon, the sight of merchant ships crossing the Strait of Melaka, the world's busiest shipping route, and the setting sun provides an alluring panorama.

"As for me and my family from Kuala Lumpur, the panorama of the setting sun is mesmerizing," said Nor Fazliana Abdul Rahman, 35, who came with her husband, Rohaizat Sulaiman, 36, and their five children when met at the grilled fish square in Pernu.

GOOD POTENTIAL FOR GRILLED FISH

Looking at the good potential for the grilled fish business, the West Melaka Area Fishermen's Association (PNKMB) has opened a resort, a grilled fish restaurant and a fresh fish market in Kuala Sungai Baru, Masjid Tanah.

According to the General Manager of PNKMB Kamarudin Yusoh, the seafood offered at the association's grilled fish outlet and at the fresh fish market is supplied by about 450 fishermen who are members of the association.

He said the seafood served at the grilled fish outlets is based on the concept `kampung recipe seafood' and added that they are ready to cook according to the customer's requirement.

"There are many ways of doing it like wrap and grill, grill until dry, sweet and sour, fried by dipping into flour, fried with chili, fried with turmeric, fried in butter, soups, cooked in three taste, and the asam pedas (sour and spicy)," he said adding that the other offerings are 'tauhu sumbat', 'otak-otak' and satay.



-- BERNAMA











Malaysia Consumer Electronics Report Q1 2010(Business Monitor International)

  • Market: Consumer Goods
  • Published Date: 02 Dec 2009
  • Report Title: Malaysia Consumer Electronics Report Q1 2010
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  • Report Type: Market Report
  • Country: Malaysia
  • Number of Pages: 44
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Malaysia’s consumer electronics devices market, defined as the addressable market for computing devices, mobile handsets, and AV devices, is projected at around US$8.6bn in 2010. This is expected to increase to US$11.1bn by 2014, driven by rising incomes and growing affordability of key products including LCD TV sets and smartphones. Demand will grow at a CAGR of about 7%, with signs of a recovery in H209 as retailers and distributors restocked for the festive season. Recovery may also be boosted by faster distribution of stimulus money and possible ICT-friendly 2010 budget measures, but much will depend on the speed and duration of recovery.

Computers
Computers accounted for around 28% of Malaysian consumer electronics spending in 2009. BMI forecasts Malaysian domestic market computer sales (including notebooks and accessories) of US$2.4bn in 2010. Computer hardware CAGR for the 2010-2014 period is forecast at about 11%, with household PC penetration in Malaysia still low, particularly in rural areas.

AV
AV devices accounted for around 10% of Malaysian consumer electronics spending in 2009. Malaysia’s domestic AV device market is projected at US$798mn in 2010. The market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4% between 2010-2014, to a value of US$937mn in 2014. Demand for many AV products remained relatively robust in 2009, despite a projected overall contraction in Malaysian private consumption

Mobile Handsets
Malaysian mobile handset sales accounted for around 63% of Malaysian consumer electronics spending in 2009. Malaysian market handset sales are expected to grow at a CAGR of 9% to 6.6mn units in 2014, as mobile subscriber penetration reaches 124%. Growth will be slower than in the preceding five years due to slowing subscriber growth, but opportunities in Malaysia’s youthful market will be driven by a 159% increase in the number of 3G subscribers and demand for smartphones

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Ringgit strength cheers Malaysian shoppers

By Lee Wei Lian

KUALA LUMPUR, April

— When avid marathon runner June Koay recently allowed herself to order specialty running shoes, socks and sports gels from a US based website, it was thanks to the strengthening ringgit.

The ringgit, which has appreciated about 7 per cent against the US dollar so far this year has been immediately felt by those who shop online but is expected to make imported goods cheaper in the long run boosting the purchasing power of Malaysians and creating a “wealth effect”.

“I had to think twice about buying the shoes online last year when the ringgit was 3.48 to the US dollar,” Koay told The Malaysian Insider. “Now that it is about 3.2, it really does make a difference.”

Yong Ying Nee, who runs her own public relations firm, says that when the ringgit recently hit 3.2 to the US dollar, she and a friend were prompted to visit the online store of American fashion retailer, American Apparel, where previously she had not bothered due to the unfavourable exchange rate.

“I am more inclined to visit US online retailers now,” she said.

Yong added that a stronger ringgit would allow her to make travel plans to the US to visit friends and also make it cheaper for her to go to the UK in November for a wedding.

“Previously, I would just look at regional holiday destinations,” she said.

Besides the US dollar, the ringgit has also appreciated against the British pound, the Euro and the Singapore dollar.

RAM’s chief economist Dr Yeah Kim Leng said that the strengthening ringgit will allow us to import more goods for less and make it cheaper for Malaysians to travel overseas.

“Our purchasing power will increase,” he told The Malaysian Insider.

He acknowledged that exporters, who had thin margins, could see their competitiveness eroded slightly but added that the stronger ringgit was a healthy trend that would make it easier for Malaysians to import high tech capital goods and speed up the upgrading of the economy.

Parents who plan to send their children overseas for studies are also happy about the stronger ringgit.

Mr Chia Weng Kues whose daughter is headed to the UK later this year is delighted about the exchange rate vis-à-vis the British pound which could see him saving up to RM15,000.

“It’s a huge difference,” he told The Malaysian Insider. “We normally don’t get such a good deal.”

Some Malaysians working overseas however were less pleased about the ringgit’s new strength

Alex Lee who works in Singapore recently had to remit RM11,000 to his parents in Malaysia to assist with the purchase of a new car last week.

He watched in “irritation” as the ringgit rose from about 2.4 to 2.3 to the Singapore dollar.

“The strong ringgit cost me more than RM300 extra,” he said.

The strong ringgit might also not immediately translate into cheaper imports due to the stickiness of the old pricing.

One branch manager of a luxury European car dealer in Kuala Lumpur told The Malaysian Insider that even if the cars were to cost less to import, the prices had to be maintained to avoid agitating earlier buyers of the car.

“They may complain if prices drop RM20,000 a few months after they buy the car,” he said. “We also have to protect the re-sale value of the cars.”

Traders who do business in US dollars are also worried about currency volatility as it makes it more difficult for them to hedge their business.

Johnny Tai, chairman of the international trade and relations bureau at the SMI Association of Malaysia said that while the strengthening of the ringgit was good for the overall economy, those who traded goods denominated in US dollars will be negatively affected.

“For example, if the ringgit keeps strengthening, where previously you would collect 3.2 for every US dollar you earn now you get only 3.1,” he told The Malaysian Insider. “The denomination of trade in US dollars is widespread.”

He also added that a fluctuating ringgit makes it more difficult to commit transactions as sellers may hold out for a higher rate or buyers may balk at new pricing.

Some however are already predicting a pull back in the ringgit value.

“The short term could see a technical pull back in the ringgit value,” Alan Inn, co-head of CIMB Investment Bank Bhd told The Malaysian Insider.

But for now at least, Malaysian consumers are enjoying the stronger currency.

“I think I’ll buy my travellers cheques now,” said Yong.

Report derived from Malaysian Insider web page

Sunday, April 18, 2010


Malacca of Yore & Malacca of Lore...


When Melaka once was the greatest port in the south east asian region, she used to attract the attention of the Chinese, the Portuguese, the Dutch, the British and others for all manner of trade and commerce......

Nowadays, however, it seems everyone wants a part of her. Part of the allure are her green attractions(Flora & Fauna), great shopping and delicious local/asian food.

Let’s say you decide to begin your adventure in Ayer Keroh, the Gateway to Melaka.

A word to the wise, plan to spend at least a full day here to get your quota of fresh air, calming lakes and greener-than-green trees! Ayer Keroh is where all the wild - life is !
The Melaka Zoo, a recreational forest, Mini Malaysia, a Crocodile cum Theme Farm, a Book Village located within a secondary forest; a garden with 1000 flowers; Malaysian stylized themed resorts; these are just a part of Ayer Keroh's attractions. Look around and you might just find something else ( a splendid lake view, bullock cart rides, a butterfly farm, a go-cart track and more.....)

The Historical Melaka City is only a 35 minutes drive from Ayer Keroh. Being a Historical State, Melaka naturally boasts of many sites that take you back to the days when trade & commerce flourished, cannons boomed, ships of bounty sank and bloody land wars were fought.

The Bukit Beruang – Ayer Keroh highway’s commercial and residential areas in the evenings are a must visit if you enjoy beautifully lighted up streets, parks, and leisurely walks on wide boulevards. Within the inner residential areas you will find an abundant source of Local,International & traditional Asian street fare being offered within the sanctum santorum of the residential Taman’s that is quite mouth watering and easy on the wallet.

In the city herself ,the Portuguese Fort remnants( A Famosa), the Christ Church, the Dutch Stadhuys, Princess Hang Li Poh's well, Hang Jebat's warrior mausoleum, museums, mosques, temples, & the ancestral houses of Babas and Nyonyas (the Straits born Chinese), and also, quaint Malay homes fill almost every corner of Melaka with a tale or two to tell. The revived and revised Malacca River is now a lover’s paradise in the evenings as you stroll along the gantry and pavements relishing the wishful sights and sounds of Melaka.
But we won't spoil if for you; look, listen and ask around. Sometimes the people you meet on the narrow streets turn out to be the best guides.If history is not your cup of tea, leave it all behind and look ahead. Melaka is a delicious mixture of the old and new, with some of the best beaches, art galleries, resorts, golf courses and of course, antiques shops in the country.

You get to see EVERYTHING , if you go past SLOWLY, feel the wind in your hair and get the nice man driving you to stop for a cold bowl of Melaka's famous cendol.( a local savoury desert)


REMINDER: One good way to see almost everything is to leave your car behind and hop aboard a trishaw. They may be a little slow and laid back but trishaws are FUN, FUN, FUN!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Malaccan Dessert


In Melaka, shaved-ice dessert known as cendol is a Malaysia-wide favorite, but Melaka's cendol is odten regarded to be the best in the country.


Another all time local favorite is sago gula melaka.This dessert made from sago pearls is found in almost all nyonya restaurants, malay homes and hotels in Melaka.Sago Gula Melaka is a very popular soft dessert in Melaka. You can see it in almost every traditional function, such as parties, wedding reception, gathering, or school parties.




Chiffon Cakes can be bought at almost all pasar malam areas ,i.e. Monday: Bukit Beruang,TamanMegah. Tuesday: Jonker street; Wednesday: Taman Kerjasama, Bukit Beruang; at al. In particular, the pandan and gula melaka chiffon cakes are really good!




This is a good intro desert to everyone, this cakes really taste's good !!
These are now selling in more than 5 types of flavour. Chocolate, Pandan, Green Tea,Durian & Orange layer cakes, at
a price o
f RM 7 a slice.




Delicious Local Cakes: Putu Piring
A hawker works feverishly, making cottony soft "Putu Piring" or traditional Malay rice cakes on conical cup steamers in Jonker St, Melaka. When I think of Putu Piring, i think of a warm, circular disc encasing a heady dollop of grated coconut and gula melaka. This is heaven for a couple of Malaysian cents. The cakes here taste better than the ones found in Singapore as good Gula Melaka is more available here.

Bloomberg

Ringgit Strengthens as Singapore Boosts GDP Forecast, Currency

April 13, 2010, 9:54 PM EDT

By David Yong

April 14 (Bloomberg) -- Malaysia’s ringgit gained, snapping a two-day slide, after Singapore raised its economic growth forecast and unexpectedly revalued the local dollar.

The ringgit strengthened from a one-week low against the U.S. currency as Singapore, Malaysia’s biggest export market, said today the economy will expand by as much as 9 percent in 2010, compared with a previous prediction for growth of as much as 6.5 percent. The Singapore dollar jumped the most in 10 months after the central bank said it will seek a “modest and gradual” appreciation in its currency.

“The decision confirmed the trend that economic growth is getting stronger going forward,” said Akira Banno, a treasury adviser at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Bhd. in Kuala Lumpur. “It puts Asian currencies under appreciation pressure, and we should now be looking at a stronger ringgit by year-end.”

The ringgit advanced 0.6 percent to 3.2045 per dollar as of 9:29 a.m. in Kuala Lumpur, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The currency weakened 1.1 percent in the past two days after touching a 23-month high of 3.1785 on April 12.

The Singapore dollar gained as much as 1 percent to S$1.3791 versus the U.S. currency, the biggest increase since June 2009. The ringgit may reach 3 per dollar against the greenback by year-end, Banno said, compared with a previous prediction for 3.10 to 3.15.

Malaysia shipped 77.2 billion ringgit ($24 billion) of goods to Singapore in 2009, or 14 percent of total exports. China was the second largest with a 12 percent share, according to trade ministry statistics.

--Editors: Ven Ram, Simon Harvey

To contact the reporter on this story: David Yong in Singapore at dyong@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Sandy Hendry at shendry@bloomberg.net.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Greetings from Mahkota Parade.

We are organising Mahkota Parade Charity Fashion Fun Walk in Mahkota Parade on 1st May 2010.

It is actually with great pleasure to inform you that Mahkota Parade, after undergoing a major refurbishment from July 2009 to April 2010 will mark the completion of its refurbishment with a RE:Launch Campaign for the Centre from 1st May till 8th Aug 2010. One of the major events held will be the ‘MAHKOTA PARADE RE: LAUNCH CHARITY FASHION FUN WALK’ on 1st May 2010 (Saturday).

This is a one-of-a-kind event where fashion and charity will be integrated for a charitable cause. The event will raise funds for Yayasan Toh Puan Zurina, a haemodialysis centre established in November 2009. This centre offers dialysis for kidney patients with monthly income below RM500.

Therefore, we are pleased to extend our invitation to your esteemed club to be part of this meaningful walk by sending in individuals (fashionably dressed) at a minimum entry fee of RM10.00/person. (Normal entry fee rate is RM25/person). Please note that money collected from these entry fees will ALL go towards this haemodialysis centre.

Attached herewith are participation forms and further information on the walk for your perusal. I would also like to request for your assistance to forward this invitation to other Hash Groups as well.

We believe that your participation will definitely contribute to the success of this meaningful cause.

We look forward to your participation and appreciate a positive feedback from your good self by 16 April 2010 (Friday).

Should you need further information or to find out how you can contribute more, please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned or Ms. Sim Biow Huei/Ms. Grace Tan, Marketing Executive at 06 282 6151.

Thank you.


Regards,
Michelle Peralta
Marketing Manager
Hektar Black Sdn Bhd
Lot B02, Mahkota Parade,
No. 1, Jalan Merdeka,
75000 Melaka.

Tel: 606 282 6151


Friday, April 9, 2010

Pictures of the new EXCO of MTA 2010-2012

The friendly and lovely friends and supporters from the press.

1st EXCO meeting for 2010 in Ole Sayang, Melaka.





To : All Malacca TA Members

Re: Beauty & Health Campaign On 17-18 April 2010 At Mahkota Parade, Melaka.

Please be informed that Mahkota Medical Centre, Melaka would like to extend an invitation to all our members to their “Beauty & Health Campaign” on 17-18 April 2010 at MahkotaParade.

There will be dental examination, free BMI, blood pressure & blood grouping tests onfirst come first serve basis, and beauty and health talks; cervical cancer , healthscreening packages , and games as per attached circular .

For more information or to register for contest or health talks,
please call :

Miss JessicaYeo at tel no: 06-2852912.


Kindly give your support.


Regards, Simon Buenaventura, BKT,PBM

Secretary Persatuan Pelancongan Negeri Melaka

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Hi Readers !





Attached herewith are the Health & Beauty Campaign leaflet for your info,folks!


This event is both fun and informative & I’m sure will benefit MTA members and her friends and supporters as well.
Come on and join them ! Hope to see you there, you hear !.

Thank you.















For further info, pls contact the lovely:
Jessica Yeo
Marketing Executive

MAHKOTA MEDICAL CENTRE Sdn. Bhd. (200619-H)
Hospital of Choice with a Passion for Care and Excellence
TEL +606 281 3333/+606 285 2999 DID +606 285 2912 FAX +606 281 0560
WEB http://www.mahkotamedical.com/
Health Screening Centre http://www.mahkotahsc.com/
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Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Pls click on the picture to get a bigger view.
Attached, readers is a newspaper clipping found in Sin Chew Jit Poh with regards to the last association dinner attended by industry leaders and invited guests.
The new Malacca T.A. executive committee gives their humble thanks to all well wishers and friends for their continuos support and best wishes to the T.A.
We also record our highest gratitude to the immediate past president Datuk Seet Tiang Chye for his immense contribution this past 19 years to the growth and development of this association which has benefitted countless companies to benefit the fruits of tourism development in melaka and welcome Mdm.Madelina to the president's post.

Friday, April 2, 2010


PANTAI HOSPITAL AYER KEROH’S BLOOD DONATION CAMPAIGN

With regards to the above, Pantai Hosp encourages all persons available and willing to participate in our upcoming blood donation drive to help the needy, together with the collaboration from Hospital Melaka to be present at:


Venue: Lobby, New Wing
No 2418-1, KM8 Lebuh Ayer Keroh
75450 Melaka.

Date: 8 April 2010 (Thursday)

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
2:00pm – 4:00pm

* Parking fees will be waived for donors.

Should there be any enquiries, please contact our Information counter at 06-231 9999 ext. 2415.

We hope to see you there!


Bernama.com
Malaysian National News Agency

Kapal Jewel Of Muscat Dijangka Tiba Di Perairan Malaysia Jun Ini

March 28, 2010 17:11 PM

Oleh P. Vijian

NEW DELHI, 28 Mac (Bernama) -- Jewel of Muscat, iaitu sebuah replika kapal Arab abad kesembilan, dijangka tiba di perairan Malaysia pada awal Jun ini, sebelum menamatkan pelayarannya di Singapura.

Kapal sepanjang 18 meter itu, yang dibina tanpa menggunakan walau pun sebatang paku di limbungan kapal di Qantab, Oman, tiba di Pelabuhan Cochin awal bulan ini dan dijadual belayar ke Galle, selatan Sri Lanka tidak lama lagi.

Tarikh ketibaannya di Malaysia bergantung kepada permulaan angin monsun barat daya pada awal Mei, yang ketika ini merupakan cadangan pelayaran kapal berkenaan dari Sri Lanka.

"Ia akan mengambil masa kira-kira empat minggu untuk tiba di Georgetown, sekitar minggu pertama bulan Jun dan menjadi pelabuhan persinggahan pertama di Malaysia.

"Rancangan sedia ada ialah untuk berada di Georgetown kira-kira seminggu, kemudian belayar ke Melaka yang akan mengambil masa seminggu lagi," kata jurucakap Jewel of Muscat (JoM) kepada Bernama.

Ia dijadual berlabuh di Melaka kira-kira seminggu sebelum meneruskan pelayaran ke Singapura.

Kapal itu direka berdasarkan kapal Arab yang karam pada abad kesembilan dan kemudian ditemui oleh sekumpulan nelayan Indonesia pada 1998 di perairan pulau Belitung, dan dilaporkan karam bersama-sama 60,000 keping porselin Cina purba.

Kapal yang unik itu dibina dengan papan yang dicantum menggunakan gentian kelapa dan lapisan lemak kambing bercampur kapur disapu bagi melindungi papan.

Menggunakan teknik navigasi purba, krew kapal itu belayar menggunakan laluan sama yang diikuti oleh pelayar Arab, dari laut Oman, ke Laut Arab, pantai barat India, ke Sri Lanka, merentasi Teluk Bengal, Selat Melaka dan akhirnya ke Singapura.

JoM merupakan inisiatif sejarah dan kebudayaan khas yang dipromosikan bersama oleh kerajaan Oman serta Singapura.

-- BERNAMA


I almost split my gut laughing when this sunk in!

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