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MELAKA JAM TO END IN 2013?

14 December 2012 | last updated at 08:07AM
Malacca traffic jam soon to be history

By Jason Gerald | jasong@nst.com.my

TRAM OPERATING ON NGV: RM272 million project will begin in February next year
WITH the sounds of Christmas Jingles echoing in malls and popular tourist destinations, such as the Jonker Walk, and the curtains closing slowly but definitely for this year, the traffic in the city is starting to become a nightmare.

Unlike the previous months where traffic and people only flock the Historical City over the weekends, the current school holidays and the rush by almost everyone to strike out their remaining annual leave, the number of people and vehicles coming into Malacca and leaving has almost doubled in December.

Not only are the exits to Malacca via the Simpang Ampat, Ayer Keroh and Jasin exits along the North-South Expressway experiencing a crawl but almost all roads leading to the city centre is seeing a bumper to bumper traffic.

However, this is the small sacrifice that people in Malacca have to pay to ensure the Historical City remains a vibrant tourist destination, as tourism is one of the main income generators for the state coffers and many businesses involved in the hospitality industry.

And the traffic congestion would become part of history when the much awaited Malacca Tram, a RM272 million project undertaken by Mrails International Sdn Bhd in collaboration with Chief Minister Incorporated (CMI), begins in February next year.
The tram, operating on liquefied natural gas (NGV), would be capable of ferrying 120 passengers at any one time at a speed of 40kph and would begin from its depot next to the Ayer Keroh toll plaza and head to the heritage zone of Malacca — covering a distance of 40km and serving 11 of 14 major tourist spots.

Among the popular spots the tram will pass on its route are Hotel Seri Malaysia, Botanical Gardens, Melaka Zoo, Melaka International Trade Centre, Taman Muzaffar Shah, Pantai Hospital, Masjid Al-Azim, Hospital Melaka, Renaissance Hotel, Dataran Pahlawan, Hotel Mahkota, Harbour Club, Equatorial Hotel and Bukit Baru.

With the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) giving the “green light” for implementation of the tram project, although the law on the transport system is yet to be completed, the tram could very soon be seen plying the “tourism” routes in the state.

SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said technical work such as the building of tracks and depots could still proceed and “there is still time to formulate the law” for the tram.

Syed Hamid also recently said SPAD had held discussions with the Attorney-General’s Chambers in drafting the law for tabling in Parliament before gazetting.
SPAD would ask for a detailed report on security and maintenance aspects of the tram system from the project developer to ensure its smooth operation.

When the Malacca Tram starts its operations, in about a year after the project starts in February, it is expected that some 110,000 passengers will use the service on weekdays and 210,000 on weekends.

Mrails is working with CNR Tangshan Railway Vehicles Co Ltd, a Chinese-based locomotive manufacturer, for the building of the coaches.

The tram is a rail borne vehicle, lighter than a train and differs from other forms of locomotion, as the tracks are embedded in the street.

It is able to accommodate 120 passengers at one time, caters to the disabled because of its ground-level design and will operate at speeds of 40kph.

Ticket for the tram ride is priced at RM2 for a single journey but students and senior citizens ride for free. A day pass, priced at RM5 is also available.

When launching the Tram project in February, last year, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak stressed that despite the nation’s quest for greater modernisation, emphasis must be placed on environmentally-friendly technology to ensure sustainability and low carbon emissions.

He said long-term environmental conservation efforts were important and should not be compromised at the cost of development and that the Malacca Tram project was iconic, not only for the state, but for the nation as well.

This “next generation tram” is the world’s first environmentally-friendly tram that runs on NGV engine. Najib said the project was suitable to be introduced here as it was in line with the state’s slogan “Where It All Began”.

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Muzium Gopeng, birthright haven

Life during a spin of a 20th century in Malaya is flashy in Muzium Gopeng, an ancestral home that has been lovingly easy and thrown open to a public.

With a story travelling some-more than 150 years, Gopeng is comparison than both Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur. Tin mining and rubber plantations were a dual activities that led to a founding, anchored by a British association Osbourne Chappell.

Eu Yan Sang, a Asian personality in normal Chinese medicine products was founded in Gopeng to offer health caring services to a hoards of migrant workers afterwards settling in a town.

Gopeng Museum

The opening to a Heritage House annexe of a Muzium Gopeng.

Even Dr Sun Yat Sen, insubordinate personality of a anti-communist transformation in China visited Gopeng frequently between 1909 and 1911. It was a moneyed village formed around abounding healthy resources.

However, in a 1980s, a decrease in tin-mining led to an exodus, ensuing in a arrange of stasis in terms of development, both informative and economic.

The opening of a North-South Expressway in 1994 serve eroded through-traffic, as commuters began bypassing Gopeng on their journeys adult and down a peninsula. This led to Gopeng being left in a form of time capsule.

Muzium Gopeng

View of a kopitiam set adult during a back of a house.

Focal point

On Apr 18, 2009, a Muzium Gopeng non-stop in and with World Heritage Day and stays functioning as a focal indicate for visitors to a city now. Bernard Yaw, a Gopeng native, returned from operative abroad and, following his mother’s deathbed request, bought his ancestral home from a Eu family and began restoration works to revive a shophouse to a habitable state.

Following discussions with friends and classmates, it was motionless to make a belligerent building into a Muzium Gopeng, while withdrawal a initial building as private accommodation for a Yaw family. Exhibits were donated by a internal village and others from a region.

Gopeng Museum

The aged stables opposite a travel from Muzium Gopeng is where a distinguished Eu Yan Sang family used to keep their horses.

Initial impressions might be of bric-a-brac from your internal antiques store, though closer investigation reveals a splendidly heterogeneous collection of equipment such as radios, clocks, posters and photographs, domicile equipment that snippet a story of Gopeng, a state, and indeed, a republic as a whole.

Furthermore, information on a orang asli of a segment is accessible and presented clearly. Yaw serves as a museum’s stream chairman.

On World Heritage Day 2011, a Heritage House was non-stop after a year of formulation and construction.

Gopeng Museum

Old travel signs on arrangement along with fishing outfit during a Muzium Gopeng.

Intended as an annexe to a Muzium Gopeng, a Heritage House was easy regulating normal construction techniques, generally where masonry and carpentry were concerned. The outcome is a vital image into a past.

On a belligerent floor, there is a coiffeur shop, kopitiam and a feng shui atmosphere good filled with bonsai trees and corpse from a nearby past. Up above, vital areas have been flashy and filled with precious decorations and furnishings that accurately simulate what life would have been like for a middle-class family during a spin of a 20th century in Gopeng, and indeed a surrounding areas.

These projects and their success in Gopeng reflects a intensity for furthering birthright refuge efforts in this country.

Muzium Gopeng

Antique clocks are displayed via a museum, many prominently right above a categorical entrance.

It is with a appearance and beginning of sensitive people that such realisations are possible. Charity, they say, starts during home, and in this case, someone has non-stop adult his home to a open so that we might share and learn, and keep memories of the common past alive.

Muzium Gopeng is located during No. 28, Jalan Eu Kong, Gopeng, Perak. Admission is giveaway though a concession would be appreciated. For serve sum and opening times, call Chew Wan during 017-597 1363 or Phang Sek Hong during 016-542 1287. Follow Muzium Gopeng on Twitter.


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HIGH SPEED TRAIN TO SINGAPORE

Friday March 9, 2012

High-speed rail link holds great prospect

I’M looking forward to the potential high speed rail (HSR) link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore “High speed rail-ity?” (The Star, Mar 5).

As a frequent traveller to Malacca, Johor and Singapore, I would greatly appreciate an additional option to travel down south.

Air travel, with all its perceived luxury, still brings with it delays, long wait times and the inconvenient (though admittedly necessary) security screening.

All these on top of the 40-minute travel time to KLIA/LCCT from Kuala Lumpur or Petaling Jaya.

If it’s true that the high speed rail journey would only take 90 minutes, we could be looking at significant time saving in our travels.

Some, like me, can still remember the days before we had the North-South Expressway.

Narrow roads and slower speeds had a big impact on whether we would travel.

Since the NSE opened, people get to see more of their extended families, businesses have flourished along the highway, commuting has become more common and we have generally seen a significant overall improvement in our lives.

With the NSE becoming congested, it is timely for the Public Land Transport Commission to consider high speed rail as an alternative.

Taiwan HSR is an apt comparison, given the relatively similar population size along the Taipei-Kaohsiung corridor as the KL-Singapore route.

If Taiwan can generate over 30 million passengers annually, and with an operating profit, why can’t we?

In our case, HSR may be even more catalytic than the NSE, given the significant journey time reduction and the convenience it provides.

I can only imagine how extensive the effects can be on the wider economic sectors, namely tourism, retail, construction and property, not to mention the broad-based productivity improvement.

Although I am as equally wary as the next Malaysian of yet another mega project, I also think that the high speed train will be one mega project that the country needs.

FREQUENT TRAVELLER,

Petaling Jaya.

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