Thursday, May 31, 2007

Malacca Goes Big on Tourism

The state’s position as a tourism destination will be further boosted when several attractions here are completed by December, including the country's largest bowling alley and go-kart track.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the 52-lane bowling alley would be the biggest in Malaysia, eclipsing the 50-lane alley at the Megalanes in Prai.

It is being built by a consortium comprising a South Korean company and two local firms on a 0.8ha site near the Malacca International Trade Centre in Ayer Keroh.

“It will cost between RM6mil and RM9mil. The projects includes a canteen, restaurant and souvenir shops,” Mohd Ali told reporters after chairing the state executive council meeting here yesterday.

He said construction would start by the middle of June.

Mohd Ali said another project, which would be undertaken by the Malacca city council was a go-kart track near the Ayer Keroh toll.

It will be built on a 14ha piece of land, with a 1.5km-long circuit.

He said a 4ha piece of land nearby would be turned into a shopping venue.

At the Hang Jebat Bridge, the state government will construct a thrill ride the “Viking Ship” and, at the Sungai Melaka bank, a 30m bungee jump.

On another matter, Mohd Ali said the state’s herbal drink MyTea will now be known as MTea, and another 40 ha of the misai kucing herb would be planted in Selandar,

Mohd Ali said 2ha of the herb had already been planted and the remaining would be planted in a week.

Misai kucing is traditionally used to reduce high blood pressure.

Source : STAR
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