The state government has suspended Melaka Watercity Resort’s operations until it clears up its debt of more than RM500,000 to various parties, including its customers, staff, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), Syarikat Air Melaka and EPF.
Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the resort, located in Ayer Keroh, had been ordered to shut down by noon next Monday.
Majlis Bandaraya Melaka Bersejarah (MBMB) enforcement officers will be stationed at the resort to make sure that it does not operate.
This decision was made after 906 people from various corporate bodies and non-governmental organisations nationwide were allegedly denied their booked rooms at the resort last weekend.
“There were just too many problems. On checking, we found that the rooms do not have any certificate of fitness (CF) because the resort had not fulfilled the requirements set by the technical department.
“The only buildings with CF were the restaurant, club house and seminar rooms while the rooms do not have it and this cannot be compromised,” said Mohd Ali after chairing the exco meeting at Seri Negeri here yesterday.
Mohd Ali said from now on, MBMB would also impose stricter rules and conditions on hotels facing such problems because the Government did not want such incidents to recur.
“If the hotels or resorts want to operate again, they must have the licence from MBMB and also the Tourism Ministry.
“For Watercity Resort, the management must return all the money collected from those who were denied their rooms.
“They must also pay up all outstanding salaries to their staff and also settle all other debts,” said Mohd Ali, adding the resort, owned by a local company, must also give a guarantee that such an incident would not happen again.
Source : STAR
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