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Sunday, August 6, 2017

OFO CHINESE BIKE RENTAL COMPANY NOW IN MELAKA

Ofo enters Malaysia after launching trial service in Melaka

Chinese bike-sharing company ofo has entered Malaysia after launching a trial phase of its service in Melaka.
From 20 August, the company will have placed 500 bikes in the city centre and users will only have to pay US$0.23 per hour to rent the bike, without putting up a deposit. 1500 more bikes will be introduced into the city at the end of the month.
Malaysia will be seventh country ofo will operate in and they will be the second bike-sharing operator in the country after Singapore-based Obike launched in Kuala Lumpur and its surrounding areas in April.
Last month, ofo announced that it had partnered with payments platform companyAdyen to allow customers around the world to pay using their preferred local currencies and payment methods.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

MELAKA PAST JAPANESE VILLAGE

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Melaka village’s Japanese past attracting interest

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Local history: The land in Tajung Keling that is being used by the Prisons Department is believed to have been a hub for the Japanese navy during the occupation. It is also said to be the site where the bodies of Japanese soldiers and artefacts are buried.
Local history: The land in Tajung Keling that is being used by the Prisons Department is believed to have been a hub for the Japanese navy during the occupation. It is also said to be the site where the bodies of Japanese soldiers and artefacts are buried.
 
MELAKA: A village about 15km from the city is attracting interest as it is said to be the site of an old Japanese burial ground.
Elderly folk in Kampung Kelongkong, Tanjung Keling, recall that the area, which overlooks the Strait of Malacca, was “active” during the Japanese occupation of Malaya in the early 1940s.
Even some curious Japanese have been coming here to “dig” for information about the past.
A Japanese tourist who wished to be known only as Abe said he read that Tanjung Keling had once served as a hub for the Japanese navy.
“A small graveyard and wells are believed to be at the site.
“I saw photographs of the Japanese occupation in Malaya in a book, and Tanjung Keling was mentioned in it. But there was not much detail on the exact location,” said Abe, when met in a coffeeshop here.
The Star visited the site last week and interviewed several people there who recalled the Japanese occupation era.
Gan Boon Seng, 72, a Chinese Peranakan, said his late father served as a cook for high-ranking Japanese army officers based in Tanjung Keling.
“He told me that the Japanese navy used the area as a sort of control hub. I believe there is also a graveyard where the bodies of Japanese soldiers are buried,” he said.
Gan said he was informed that the Prisons Department was using the area for rehabilitation purposes. Villager Daud Omar, 71, said the site used to house a nursing college before the Prisons Department took over.
“Most of us are scared to go there after dark as we believe it is haunted,” he said.
Omar said his late father told him that the Japanese army had also buried some relics at the site after their defeat in 1945.
“My father worked with the Japanese and was one of those who had the privilege of eating rice, instead of tapioca,” he said.
Melaka Museum Authority manager Datuk Khamis Abas said the body was willing to work with historians and the Institute of Historical and Patriotism Studies of Malaysia to find out details about the area’s past.
“There are several spots in Malacca with Japanese involvement. On Tanjung Keling, we have yet to ascertain anything. My men will be interviewing the local people,” he added.
The only known Japanese cemetery is in Bukit Baru, which was discovered in 1969 by a villager.
Details engraved on tombstones reveal that the site has existed since 1910.
Little was known about the early Japanese community in Melaka until the small cemetery was discovered.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

MELIA MELAKA BY 2020

 

Monday, July 24, 2017

MELAKA TRISHAWS MUST STAY QUAINT AND LESS LOUD MUSIC

A visitor from Perth, Australia has complained that our Melaka trishaws are not as quaint as before.

Over decorated and some have loud music blaring out songs in high volume.

I must admit some of our trishaws are overly decorated. Make our trishaws nice and eye catching. Retain some uniqueness.

For music, some visitors may find the loud music disturbing to their ears. Try to turn down the volume so that visitors can enjoy the street sounds around the city.

COURTESY TO BOTH OVERSEAS AND LOCAL VISITORS IS IMPORTANT

Monday, 24 July 2017

Melaka CM: Courtesy has positive influence on tourism

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Tourists viewing the panoramic sight from the 43rd floor of The Shore Sky Tower in Melaka. — Photos: A. MALEX YAHAYA/The Star
Tourists viewing the panoramic sight from the 43rd floor of The Shore Sky Tower in Melaka. — Photos: A. MALEX YAHAYA/The Star
 
MELAKA: Frontline service personnel will need to be pleasant and friendly as the state presses on to achieve its target of 17 million tourists by end of 2017 said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron.
“We do not want to see our image as a top tourist destination smeared just because a handful of service personnel are rude.
“Negative publicity affects our tourism industry and our relentless effort to make Melaka as the number one global holiday destination,” he said after a group of businessmen and hoteliers acknowledged Idris following Melaka’s achievement in receiving international recognition from reputable tourist portals between 2013 to 2017.
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Idris (right) congratulating The Shore Oceanarium and The Shore Sky Deli managing director Chew Chert Fong.
Idris (right) congratulating The Shore Oceanarium and The Shore Sky Deli managing director Chew Chert Fong.
The event was held at the Sky Deli Restaurant on the 42nd floor of The Shore’s shopping complex here.
Also present were State Public Affairs, Human Resources and NGO Affairs committee chairman Datuk M.S. Mahadevan; Deputy Tourism, River, Beach and Island Development committee chairman Datuk Ghazale Muhamad as well as Melaka Historic City Council’s mayor Datuk Zainal Hussin.
Idris said business relating to tourism in the state must ensure that tourists have the most memorable experience here.
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Friday, July 21, 2017

MEDICAL TOURISM BY HATTEN

Friday, 21 July 2017 | MYT 11:56 PM

Hatten to develop Melaka’s first health-tourism centre

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“This project will add value or choice for tourists to seek more conducive treatment or healthcare services,” says Idris.
“This project will add value or choice for tourists to seek more conducive treatment or healthcare services,” says Idris.
 
MELAKA: Melaka’s first full-fledged health-tourism centre, Satori Sanctuary in the City, will be developed in Bandar Hilir at a cost of RM300mil.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the mixed development project by Hatten Land Ltd, expected to be completed by 2020, would boost the state’s medical tourism industry.

The project, to be developed on 0.83ha, would house 50 nursing facilities and other healthcare services, besides a shopping mall, parking lots, 336 hotel rooms and 192 serviced residences.

“Some 160,000 tourists visit Melaka yearly for healthcare services and check in the private hospitals here.

“This project will add value or choice for tourists to seek more conducive treatment or healthcare services,” he told reporters after officiating the Satori-Sanctuary in the City in Melaka on Friday.

He said the project would also contribute to the increase in the state’s gross income and generate more jobs for the locals.

Meanwhile, Hatten Land group managing director, Datuk Colin Tan said Melaka was among the top three states in Malaysia that offered the best healthcare and personal care services, besides having a vast prospect in the medical tourism industry.

“The medical tourism industry in this country is booming every year and Melaka is among the best states in this industry,” he added. - Bernama
 

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2017/07/21/hatten-to-develop-melakas-first-health-tourism-centre/#Z4uLkJo1Me7yoIdV.99

Thursday, July 20, 2017

AIRASIA FLIGHTS FROM MELAKA

AirAsia Bhd will be introducing more domestic and international destinations for from the Melaka International Airport by October this year. (File pix)
MELAKA: AirAsia Bhd will be introducing more domestic and international destinations for from the Melaka International Airport by October this year.
State Transport, Project Rehabilitation and International Trade committee chairman Datuk Lim Ban Hong said the international destinations include Jakarta in Indonesia, and Hanoi and Ho Cho Minh in Vietnam.
"We will see the expansion of domestic flights to provide better transportation alternatives for the locals here by having flights to Kota Baru, Kota Kinabalu and Langkawi," he said.
Lim said this was the result of a successful meeting between AirAsia's chief executive officer Aireen Omar and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron on Monday.
"We believe that the expansion of flight destinations can be achieved in three months' time, beginning with Jakarta and other Southeast Asia destinations.
"This is a good indication. AirAsia sees our potential with Vietnamese listed as among the top five tourists in Melaka," he said.
Presently, Melaka has direct flight destinations to Pekanbaru, Penang and Guangzhou via xpressair, Malindo Air and China Southern Airlines.