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LOVE IS IN THE AIR

Tourists looking for love join in Malacca’s Chap Goh Meh celebration
22 FEBRUARY 2016 @ 9:56 PM
BY MICHELE NG

MALACCA: Love was in the air at the Quayside at the Malacca River as tourists mingled with locals to celebrate Chap Goh Meh.



A group of women in particular, were keen participants in the tossing of the oranges ritual, synonymous with the celebration often dubbed the ‘Chinese Valentine’s Day.’

Susanna and Carla Saradeth from Germany who were on the boat expressed their excitement at being part of the celebration for the first time.

“A friend of mine told me the meaning behind the orange tossing and said I would do it while I am here.

“At that time, I laughed it off but I never thought I would actually do it”, Susanna said with a giggle when met today.

Carla also jokingly said that they might get lucky in love after this.

Both Susanna and Carla liked the warmth that they received by the locals throughout the event.

“We were just walking by when we were invited to join and suddenly we were a part of everything.

“It was really cool and the dances and costumes were nice,” Carla said.

Those in attendance were also serenaded by a performance from the ‘Body and Soul’ band while being entertained by the catchy lagu joget by ‘The Serani Teng Teng’.

Present was state Transport and Project Rehabilitation executive committee chairman Datuk Lim Ban Hong, who officiated the event.

Chap Goh Meh is the 15th and last day of the Chinese New Year celebration.

Some of the women tossing oranges into the Malacca River at Quayside during the Chap Goh Meh celebration. Pix by HAIRUNISAH LOKMAN.

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SUBMARINE MUSEUM TARGETS 500,000 TOURISTS

March 18, 2012 12:57 PM
Submarine Museum In Melaka Targets 500,000 Tourists, Visitors By Year End

MELAKA, March 18 (Bernama) — The submarine museum featuring the French made SMD Ouessant (Agosta 70 class) submarine, is expected to attract about 500,000 tourists and visitors to Melaka by end 2012.

The submarine museum project in Melaka, costing RM12.5 million, had come under heavy criticism and deemed a waste of money by some.

Melaka Museum Corporation general manager Datuk Khamis Abas said from Jan 1 to March 14, the
museum had attracted 53,737 tourists and visitors and the figure could reach 500,000 by year end.

“Among them were 10,000 tourists,” he told Bernama here.

He added that based on the popularity and returns generated, the cost of bringing the SMD Ouessant Agosta 70, a submarine formerly owned by the French navy, from Brest, France to Melaka at a cost of RM12.5 million has become irrelevant.

Apart from being a museum, the submarine museum also acts as an information centre for visitors who are interested to know about submarines, in detail.

— BERNAMA

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HERITAGE TAX FOR ROOMS FIXED AT RM 2.00 PER ROOM ONLY

January 16, 2012 17:53 PM
Melaka Abolishes 5 Percent Heritage Charge, Replaces It With RM2 Charge
MELAKA, Jan 16 (Bernama) — The state government has abolished the five percent heritage charge imposed on hotels, lodging houses and homestays and replaced it with a RM2 charge.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the charge was abolished because of objections by hotel, lodging house and homestay operators who felt it had a negative impact on their businesses.

“Discussions were held today with their representatives whereby they have agreed to the new charge,” he told reporters after a dialogue on the heritage charge, here today.

Mohd Ali said based on the RM2 charge, guests would only have to add RM2 to their room rates.

He said the RM2 charge which would involve 12,000 hotel rooms, lodging houses and homestays throughout Melaka was expected to be enforced in April.

“The state expects to collect at least RM4 million each year from the charge, which would be utilised for developing the tourism sector.

“Operators must duly settle the charge monthly with the local authorities such as the Melaka Historical City Council, Hang Tuah Jaya municipal council, Alor Gajah municipal council and Jasin municipal council,” he said.

He added that a heritage charge implementing committee would be formed to facilitate the process.

— BERNAMA

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RM300 MILLION INVESTMENT IN MELAKA

July 25, 2011 19:07 PM

Plentifield Invests RM300 Million In ‘Best Western Premier Melaka’

MELAKA, July 25 (Bernama) — Property firm Plentifield Marketing Sdn Bhd is building a five-star hotel and commercial centre called “Best Western Premier Melaka” involving RM300 million investment in the Ayer Keroh Botanical Park here.

Its managing director, Dr Teoh Lian Hong, said the nine-storey hotel and five commercial blocks were expected to complete by end of 2013.

“The project is being developed on a 2.8ha site with modern and green technology features.

“It will house, among others, entertainment centres, shoplots, halls, corporate offices and meeting venues on par with those in luxury hotels overseas,” he told reporters after the project’s groundbreaking ceremony today.

Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam officiated the ceremony. Present was Hang Tuah Jaya Municipal Council President Sapiah Harun.

Teoh said the hotel, near the Melaka International Trade Centre, Melaka Zoo and Melaka Wonderland Theme Park, would have 301 rooms.

“This project is Plentifield’s first in Melaka and we see it has a big potential in view of its location within a tourist area,” he said.

The five commercial blocks will also have 506 business suites and 166 retail lots.

Plentifield’s previous development include a RM220 million project comprising a three-star hotel and commercial lots in Sandakan and RM300 million commercial lots in Shah Alam.

Meanwhile, Mohd Ali said he welcomed Plentifield’s investment because the state had a shortage of five-star hotels.

Plentifield had also agreed to build another five-star hotel on a 4ha site near Kolej Yayasan Saad in Ayer Keroh, he added.

— BERNAMA

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MELAKA RECORDED 7% GDP GROWTH IN 2010

March 07, 2011 17:05 PM

Seven Per Cent GDP Growth Brings Positive Impact To Melaka – Tun Mohd Khalil

MELAKA, March 7 (Bernama) — After registering a growth of seven per cent in its gross domestic product (GDP) last year, Melaka is setting a higher target this year.

Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob said the state’s GDP growth was a positive development and had given a major impact on the overall living status of the people in the state.

He also congratulated the Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam and the people of the state on the declaration of Melaka as a developed state on Oct 20, last year.

“The success has indeed lured more investors to the state, especially in the fields like tourism, information communication technology, services, education and agro industry,” he said when opening the state assembly sitting here Monday.

He said with the unemployment rate of only 2.4 per cent, he was confident that the people of Melaka would enjoy a better life and social status.

Mohd Khalil also call for extra focus to be given on capacity building programmes for the small and medium-scale entrepreneurs so that they would be able to compete and create their own success stories.

At the same time, he said that the state government was also planning to turn Melaka into a green technology city in line with the federal government’s aspiration to see Melaka as an exemplary model.

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