Cuisine in Melaka


Published: Tuesday September 3, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM

Updated: Tuesday September 3, 2013 MYT 11:53:03 AM

Malacca set to make an Impression


A scene from the Impression Liu Sanjie outdoor musical in Guilin, which features dazzling light effects and an awesome setting of mountains and a river.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malacca will become the first city outside China to stage the 10th production under acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou’s “Impression” series of outdoor musical shows.

Impression Melaka, is a project between PTS Impression Sdn Bhd and China Impression Wonders Art Development Co Ltd, which will be endorsed by Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz today as a National Key Economic Area project under Pemandu.

This follows a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by PTS Impression CEO Boo Kuan Loon and China Impression Wonders Art Development Co’s co-founder and CEO Wang Chaoge in February in Malacca, witnessed by then Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, and the project’s official launch in Beijing in May.

The immensely successful Impression musicals were founded by Zhang and his creative partners Wang Chaoge and Fan Yue who were also directors of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The stage for Impression Melaka will be built to look like a Chinese junk in Admiral Zheng He’s fleet with the audience seated in the middle.

All the Impression shows are live outdoor performances involving huge casts, humongous stages and amazing special effects.

The first was launched in 1998 in Guilin called Impression Lui Sanjie on a 2km-long setting along the Li River. Since then, there are Impressions in nine locations all over China, including Lijiang and West Lake, using spectacular natural backdrops.

Impression Melaka, however, will be performed on a gigantic stage built to look like Admiral Zheng He’s junk with a revolving seating area for 2,014 in the middle.

It was Wang who decided on Malacca as her company’s first foreign foray after being pursued by a persistent Boo who brought she and her team to visit his hometown.

Boo, 42, who describes himself as a true-blue anak Melaka, is a property developer who wants to create a destination theatre experience to benefit locals and give tourists a reason to stay overnight in Malacca.

Mr. Boo Kuan Loon, CEO of PTS Impressions Sdn Bhd
Boo wants to create a destination theatre experience to benefit locals and give tourists a reason to stay overnight in Malacca.

“Most tourists come to Malacca for day tours but don’t stay overnight because there isn’t much to see or do at night. Impression Melaka can change that as there will two performances every night,” he said.

Boo added that it was a feather in Malacca’s cap that Wang’s company chose the city for its first foreign production out of 150 proposals from cities around the world, thanks in part to its Unesco world heritage status.

Although Impression Melaka’s storyline and music are being written and the stage designed by China Impression Wonders Art Development Co, Boo stressed it would not be a Chinese story but one that reflected Malacca’s vibrant cosmopolitan history and heritage.

As Wang said in an interview with Lifestyle Magazine, “When we go outside the country, we’re not taking Chinese culture and exporting it to them, but rather we export our art and performance – Impression Melaka is about Malaysian culture.”

She was also quoted as saying at the Beijing launch that Impression Melaka would “showcase the city’s glorious past and modern day life.”

Nevertheless, the junk-shaped stage recalls Zheng He’s five visits to the port in seven voyages between 1405 and 1433 which led to a longstanding relationship between the Malacca sultanate and China.

The directors: (from left) Zhang, Wang and Fan who will create Impression Melaka.
Impression Melaka, a RM300mil project, is funded by local and foreign investors and will be the only one in the region for the next three years, said Boo.

He said the 75-minute long show, with a cast of 200, is projected to sell 1.3 million tickets a year, at about RM130 a seat.

Like other Impression shows, most of the performers will be ordinary folk living in the vicinity who will be trained by Zhang, Wang, Fan and their team.

While its location is still under wraps, Boo said the theatre will require 8.1ha, while another 32.4ha will be developed for other related developments, such as restaurants and a tourism village.

Impression Melaka is scheduled to open in October 2014, in conjunction with Malaysia-China Friendship Year to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations and in time for Visit Malaysia Year.

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Cuisine in Melaka


Malacca all set to make a huge Impression

MALACCA: An outdoor performance combining spectacular, high-tech lighting with natural scenery is set to make its debut in Malacca by the end of 2014.

Under an MoU signed between PTS Impression Sdn Bhd and Impression Wonder Arts Co. Ltd of China, the performance – part of the “Impression” series – in Malacca will be the first to be held outside China.

Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, who witnessed the signing, said the Impression series would unveil a pool of local performers as well as provide job opportunities for locals.

“Its debut in Malaysia is considered a dream come true for me as I always wanted to have the performance held here following the splendid show during the Beijing Olympics in 2008, which was also choreographed by the company’s director, Wang Chao Ge.

“The presence of the eminent entertainment company will give the country, particularly Malacca, a big-bang effect,” she said.

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Tourism Malaysia

25 million visited Malaysia final year

25 million visited Malaysia final year

Going green: Minister in a Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop and Dr Ng planting trees when rising a ‘My Beautiful Malaysia Day’ cleaning debate during a inhabitant park in Telok Bahang, Penang.

They also spent some-more time in a nation compared to prior years, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said.

“I am intensely happy that a tourism attention has consistently purebred expansion year after year,” she said. “Last year, traveller arrivals to a nation were 25,032,708 – an boost of 1.3% from 2011. And traveller profits were RM60.6bil compared to RM58.3bil in 2011,” she added.

“This showed that a ministry’s plan to make tourists spend some-more in Malaysia was successful.”

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Tourism Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur truly a selling haven

Kuala Lumpur truly a selling haven

KUALA LUMPUR: The city of Kuala Lumpur has been ranked fourth best for selling in tellurian news network CNN’s survey.

Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, who announced this final night, pronounced a Government’s continued bid to boost KL as a selling breakwater was temperament fruit.

She commended selling malls and stores on a team-work extended to a method to assistance make a campaigns a success.

“This is smashing news. Malaysia Boleh!” she pronounced during a launch of a sixth “A Journey Through Time” watch and trinket muster during Starhill Gallery final night.

She pronounced she had been sensitive that New York, London and Tokyo were placed before KL.

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Tourism Malaysia

Tourism over profits

Tourism over profits

THE DPM’s officiation has effectively showcased a joining to PATA, and a Malaysian Government’s loyalty to us, Tourism Minister Dato’ Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen told The Star during a eventuality opening yesterday.

Highlighting several pivotal factors that directly impact a tourism attention in Malaysia in a prolonged run, Dr Ng concurred PATA’s change over a general locus of tourism.

“PATA contingency take a clever mount on quarrelsome issues to move a members together. What we need now is for a companionship to put a minds together. Whatever PATA says, everybody listens. We will foster and inspire participation,” she said.

Environmental factors and a common clarity of amicable shortcoming by all Malaysian adults can make tourism an representative of change for a country, that in spin will have a certain outcome on a nation’s economy, she added.

“Overseas friends contingency be means to trust us adequate to come here. Tourism should be discussed some-more from elementary; it should be in students’ syllabus. Things like meridian change and how it affects a tourism attention should be inbred in a youths,” Dr Ng stressed.

Awareness is indispensable to rivet a younger era to take on an active purpose in a tourism industry, generally as they are amicable media-savvy.

“Awareness brings onward seductiveness and desire, that leads to action,” she noted.

She refuted a notice that upscaling a tourism attention will usually advantage a super rich.

“The law is, it affects grassroots use providers such as waiters, caddy drivers, sauna therapists and so on. People have to know that it is each citizen’s shortcoming to be directly or indirectly concerned in a industry. At a moment, we are confronting a necessity of 6,000 sauna therapists!

“That’s what obliged tourism is all about – adults have to get involved. If it’s only a Ministry that’s doing a thinking, though a people, a nation won’t improve. It’s a sum effort,” pronounced Dr Ng.

Dr Ng intimated that Malaysia’s bagging of 3 PATA Gold Awards (among a sum of 27 other accolades that went to a Hong Kong Tourism Board and Tourism Authority of Thailand) this year came as a warn to her.

“It never crossed my mind that we would be given this honour, though for that, we am beholden that in being Tourism Minister, we know a intricacies involved. People tend to associate tourism with leisure, though a weight is in orchestrating a diversion plan. we unequivocally wish a farming folk to be a partial of it so that they can be empowered,” she said.

She called on attention players to accommodate a changing final of a tourism industry.

“The universe is really opposite currently than it was decades ago. Before this, people waited compartment they reached their 40s to travel, perhaps, once a year. Today, immature people transport all a time, several times a year, in fact,” she said.

It is now about a packages we can give to travellers, Dr Ng added. “The method can’t package deals – and that in itself spells event for a private sector. The government’s purpose is to build a height and move a tourists in. You, assistance globe-trotters knowledge Malaysia.”


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