HANG TUAH COMMERCIAL CENTRE DEVELOPMENT
Hang Tuah Commercial Centre, Catalyst For Melaka's Inland Development
By Fadzli Ramli
MELAKA, April 9 (Bernama) -- After the successful development of Melaka Raya, Kota Laksamana, Pulau Melaka and Klebang on reclaimed land, the state government will now move forward to undertake inland development such as the Hang Tuah Commercial Centre.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the centre would require an investment of between RM400 million and RM500 million for the first phase of its development.
The centre which would be sprawled across Jalan Hang Tuah, Jalan Tun Ali, Pengkalan Rama, Kampung Morten to Melaka Sentral would comprise a hypermarket, transportation hub, tourist attractions, residences and institutions of higher learning.
"The state executive council meeting has agreed in principle to the development of the commercial centre in a move to balance reclaimed land and inland development in the state," he told Bernama here Saturday.
He said the focus of the inland development was to raise the socio-economic status of the people in the area.
"The centre will also focus on academic development. Right now, Universiti Teknologi MARA and Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka have their campuses here," he said, adding that eight developmental projects over 40.5 hectares is expected to be ready in five years.
Idris said two projects which would be the pillars of the commercial centre are the reconstruction of the Hang Tuah Hall and the construction of the Melaka Foundation building.
He said the existing two-storey Hang Tuah Hall will be rebuilt into an eight-storey building. It will continue to house a library but the clock tower within would be upgraded into the main landmark in the commercial centre.
The 25-storey Melaka Foundation building, to be completed in three years costing RM120million, will houses offices and a 252-room hotel that would generate income for the foundation.
Idris said the state government also planned to redevelop buildings which had no more historic value within the Hang Tuah Commercial Centre
"The affected buildings will be refurbished to look attractive so as to be able to generate economic activities in the area," he said, adding that traffic congestion, the drug menace and prostitution will become a thing of the past.
On this coming Friday, 15th. April 2016, Melaka will celebrate her 8th. Anniversary for being declared as Melaka Historical City Day.
In 2015, arrivals of local and foreign tourists to Melaka top 15.7 million. This is an all time high and hopefully Melaka can aim for 20 million visitors by 2020.
There are new attractions being planned and constructed. A big project by Yong Tai group is Impressions Melaka and Impression City. Chinese and Malaysian investors are involved in this multi billion project.
Melaka Gateway is another major project at Pulau Melaka which includes a new marina, hotels and shopping area. International Cruise ships can berth safely in Melaka as well.
Impression Melaka is an international show directed and put together by Chinese renowned director, Zhang Zi Mou and is scheduled to be opened by end 2017. World class shows will be performed at night and guests are expected to spend at least one night for these shows. By doing so, guests must stay in hotels around Melaka including enjoying our food and beverages. Major spin offs are expected for Melaka
I had the opportunity to view and land into Melaka by sea last Thursday. Took the Italian owned cruise ship named Costa Victoria. Due to the shallow Melaka river, the 282metres medium ship has to anchor about 200 metres off the river mouth.
Smaller feeder boats were used to ferry passengers onto the shore. Certainly, the old river berth was not well suited to receive visitors by sea. There is a new berth opposite the old one but it was not used. Wonder why. The new berth will give overseas visitors a better impression of Melaka.
There was a report that a better and state of the art new berth designed specially for cruise ships is to constructed at the Melaka Gateway. A reputable cruise operator, Royal Carribean is keen to invest in this new cruise berth.
After taking this cruise, it has a big potential for getting overseas visitors into Melaka. A medium size ship can carry more than 1,500 passengers and another 750 crew.
Tours can be pre-arranged, beca operators, taxis and other service providers can offer their services. Though the ships only visit for 6 hours, it is enough for getting business for our tour operators.