Friday, January 05, 2007

Eye on Malaysia ready to spin but . . .

KUALA LUMPUR: Everything is in place for the grand opening of the Eye on Malaysia in two days — except for one important detail.

The organisers, MST Ad Suria Sdn Bhd, said the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) had not completed their inspection of the giant Ferris wheel in Taman Tasik Titiwangsa here.

But MST is optimistic they will make it on time for Saturday’s launch.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is scheduled to try it at 8.30pm.

"We should have DOSH’s approval by tomorrow (today)," said project director Jeroen Nijpels.

He said though it may seem the project was rushed to meet the deadline, the Ferris wheel was safe.

"We would never compromise on safety. Although this was a fast-track project, it was not rushed," he said.

"We started piling at the end of October and installation of the wheel started on Dec 23.

"It usually takes 10 days to put up the wheel, but here we have taken two weeks," he said, adding that the Eye is the biggest transportable wheel in Southeast Asia.

And if DOSH does not give its approval in time, he said the launch will be postponed.

MST executive director Widyanty Yusope said the RM30 million project had been organised in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2007.

"Visitors can expect to have a good view of the city from the wheel, including KL Tower, the Petronas Twin Towers, Genting Highlands and Istana Budaya," she said. "And there will be daily shows as well."

Nijpels said the 60-metre Ferris wheel has 42 air-conditioned gondolas which can each accommodate eight people. Two gondolas will be reserved for the disabled. There is also a VIP gondola.

The 12-minute ride will cost RM15 for adults, and RM8 for children and concessionaires.

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