Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Eye on Malaysia to be one-of-a-kind attraction

The state’s RM40mil Eye on Malaysia project will include several features to make it a one of its kind tourist attraction.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said that besides the ferris wheel, there would also be a 90m water screen and entertainment rides.

He said the project was being carried out under a 60-40 joint-venture between Kumpulan Melaka Berhad (KMB) and the current operators of the Eye On Malaysia, MST AD Suria Sdn Bhd.

“The 60m ferris wheel is scheduled to arrive here in September and become operational by Oct 18,” he told reporters this after performing the ground-breaking ceremony here yesterday.

Mohd Ali said a month of festivities along the Malacca River would be held to announce the Eye’s move from Taman Tasik Titiwangsa to its permanent home at a 2ha site along the Kota Laksamana coastline next to a RM24 mil marina project.

Once operational, the ferris wheel is expected to attract 700,000 visitors in a year.

Meanwhile, Kota Melaka MP Sim Tong Him voiced his concerns over the project.

“It is a waste of money to have the ferris wheel here as there is already the Eye On Melaka and the Taming Sari viewing tower,” he said.

He said tourists wanted to experience the state's culture and heritage and not “view it from above.”

Source : STAR
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