Melaka River Walk at Night

Melaka River Walk at Night
Melaka River Walk at Night

Monday, December 30, 2013


MALACCA Chief Minister urged everyone to enjoy Visit Malaysia Year 2014. To Datuk Seri Idris Haron, VMY 2014 is Visit Malacca Year and not just Visit Malaysia Year! Smart isn't it?

He made this reference at last week's convocation for graduates of the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. He was honoured with an Honorary Doctorate. He was then called to address the graduating students, parents and guests.
The Sultanah of Pahang, Sultanah Hajjah Kalsom, was the university's Chancellor. Addressing the crowd, Idris said: "Next year is VMY 2014. So make sure you all come to Malacca and visit us. VMY is not just Visit Malaysia Year, it's also Visit Malacca Year."
The hall laughed and applauded. And realising that the Chancellor was also listening, Idris said: "After visiting Malacca, visit Pahang too. You must..."
Idris said many things in his speech but his humour on this occasion stood out. Incidentally, try out the bungalow at the Kelebang Beach Resort -- good for group bookings, BBQ and family get-together. Service needs improvement though.

Read more: Malacca's year, too - Columnist - New Straits Times

Saturday, December 28, 2013


In a few days time, 2013 will end and we will usher in the New Year of 2014. We want to send our greetings to everyone for ushering 2014.

May 2014 bring us joy, happiness, health and peace to all Malaysians and our fellow humans around the world.

Also, by the end of January 2014, all Chinese around the world will usher in the Year of the Horse.

May the Horse gallops in prosperity, wealth and happiness for everyone.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013


It has been reported that the kampung Jawa area near the Melaka river has been bought by a developer named PB Properties. They intend to develop the area in 2014 into a commercial and residential area facing the river.
With Hatten Group developing the Vedromall at the former Central market site also in 2014, the area at the end of Jalan Kee Ann and Jalan Pasar Baru will see some development. This area has been neglected for the past 25 years and now now investors see the potential here finally.
2014 will be an important year for Melaka New Chinatown near the Melaka river.
We extend our New Year 2014 greetings to all.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

UPDATE ON OLPC BaseCamp@MALACCA on 16th. to 18th. November 2013

We have 29 names as registered attendees so far. If you have not registered at Eventbrite please do so. This will help update our central database. I have another 25+ names from Prince Babansala Ramzy with his contingent. If everybody is really coming we should have at least 50 people for Day 1 & 2.

The people who are coming are from various parts of the world: Indonesia, Cambodia, Pakistan, Sri-Lanka, USA, UK, Canada, Austria, Singapore, India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, China, Ghana, Somalia + African countries.

Again you all made this possible   and the spirit of Voluntarism!

Saturday, October 19, 2013




We are delighted to announce that The Royal Press, Malacca is ready to welcome you.The premises are open to the public from 10-00 am to 6-00 pm daily, from Wednesday to Monday, including weekends. We are closed on Tuesdays.

Our printing press operations will run as usual, from 9-00am to 5-00 pm on weekdays, offering a unique perspective of our printing heritage.

Students, clubs, associations and special interest groups are especially welcome to join our guided group tours. Each tour lasts about 30 minutes, commencing at the following times:
- 10.30 am
- 12.30 pm
- 02.30 pm
- 04.30 pm

General Admission Prices:
Adult - RM12
Child (12 years & below) - RM6
*Children under 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Please let us know your proposed date and time of visit for our guides to organize an appropriate program for you.

We look forward to hearing from you on telephone: +6012 3517540 or email:

Advance notice is best as it allows us to prepare a meaningful tour for you.

Friday, October 18, 2013


In 2 weeks time, Malaysians of Hindu faith will celebrate the Deepavali festival of lights. May we take the opportunity of wishing our Hindu friends "Selamat Deepavali".


Saturday, October 12, 2013


A new investment by the Hatten Group is going to be built at the end of Jalan Kee Ann. This 7 storey building with 2 basement car parks and 5 storeys of retail space will enhance the value of properties around Jalan Kee Ann.

This multi-million project is located at Lot 427, Jalan Kee Ann,75100 Melaka. Completion of the project is expected to be done by 4th. Quarter of 2016.

With the over development of Bandar Hilir, finally, developers see the potential of Melaka New Chinatown especially beside the famous Melaka River.

In three years time ( by end 2016), the quiet area around the former Melaka Central Market will be transformed into a vibrant space. This area has been neglected since the Melaka Central Market was demolished in mid 1980s.

Details of this development can be viewed at :

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


A OLPC Base camp is being organised in MELAKA from 15th. to 18th. November 2013. This base camp is to gather people who are passionate about XO tablets for education and to bring XO tablets needy kids. Participants can share their experience. Some visitors and volunteers are coming in from Hong Kong, Singapore, Cambodia and Malaysia.

Come and join us at this OLPC Basecamp 2013@malacca.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013



On 16th. September 2013, Malaysia will celebrate her Golden Anniversary.

Yes, Malaysia is going to be 50 years old. Let all Malaysians celebrate this important milestone in our journey of being an independent nation. Let us stay united, work hand in hand and play together to achieve our goals for the next 50 years ahead.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013


On Saturday, 31st. August 2013, Malaysia will celebrate her 56th. Anniversary of Merdeka. We got our Independence from Britain on 31st. August 1957 through negotiation and not by the barrel of the gun. No blood was shed and we were grateful for that. Let us celebrate our Independence together and have a give and take attitude for all races. No single race must dominate another but we must work, play and cry together so that our nation can reach greater heights in race relation, economic growth, prosperity and harmony. MERDEKA, MERDEKA, MERDEKA.

Sunday, August 25, 2013


A new Melaka Conservation Centre has been opened by the Melaka State government at No 45, Jalan Bunga Raya, 75000 Melaka. Hopefully, owners of heritage buildings who want to renovate their premises according to heritage standards can visit this centre for information.

State Heritage and Youth Committee deputy chairman Datuk Norpipah Abdol made a tour of the Malacca Conservation Centre in Jalan Bunga Raya yesterday.

He said the centre, which began operating last Monday, was open to the public. It focused on the conservation of historical buildings and artefact.

Khamis also said the centre would be used as a venue for lectures, talks and workshops.

The centre is managed by the corporation with the cooperation of the state World Heritage Office, Malacca Historical City Council, Merlimau Polytechnic and Malacca Islamic University College.

Monday, August 19, 2013


19th. August 2013

Photographers are invited to unleash their creativity in a photographic contest for the chance to win a dream holiday to Bali, Indonesia.

Participants are require to capture the rich and unique heritage of Malacca.

The contest on August 24th. 2013 wich carries the theme Local Flavours is organised by the Avillion Hotel Group.

Contestants stand to win holidays at various destinations, spa package and a Canon camera.

The grand prize consists of a four-day, three night stay worth RM 7,050 at Villa Cinta, Sanur Beach in Bali for four people and a Canon EOS110D DSLR camera worth RM 1,699 to capture their gateway.

The other prize include free stays at the group's hotels in Idaman@Janda Baik in Pahang, Avillion Port Dickson water chalet in Negeri Sembilan, Avillion Admiral Cove executive studio in Negeri Sembilan and Avillion Legacy, Melaka.

To register, log on to Registration ends tomorrow.

Partipants have to pay a fee of RM 98 to enter the contest.

They will receive goodies such as a Canon Legria luggage strap, a photography talk by a Canon specialist worth RM 1,500 and lunch. By Kelly Koh, NST

Friday, July 5, 2013


Email Print 28 June 2013| last updated at 12:19AM

Clean Sg Melaka wins gold Green Apple


SWINDON (Britain): For its efforts to restore, clean and beautify Sungai Melaka, the Malacca Historical City Council has received a gold Green Apple award from The Green Organisation.

Mayor Datuk Zainal Abu received the award here on Monday in a ceremony for international agencies around the world, where five other Malaysian agencies also got awards.

Labuan Corporation and Kumpulan Senireka received the bronze award, while Second Penang Bridge Project and Petaling Jaya City Council received silver and the Energy Commission Malaysia received gold for their environmental effort to make the world a better place to live in.

Zainal said the award recognised the city council's efforts on the Sungai Melaka project, which has since seen an increase of tourists to a total of a million taking the river cruise last year.

"We are one of the agencies helping the state government in its initiative to implement the green elements since 2010.

"With this award from The Green Organisation, Sungai Melaka will be entered in the The Green Book, the only best practice environment reference book, which will be distributed around the world," Zainal said after the award ceremony.

He believed a continued effort and commitment by everybody involved was important "for us to keep on beautifying, improving and maintaining the quality of Sungai Melaka to attract tourists".

"Before the river was polluted but now the quality of water has gone from Grade 4 to Grade 2 and we are now working towards achieving Grade 1. Sungai Melaka has become a catalyst for development."

According to Roger Wolens, managing director of The Green Organisation, since the award started in 1994, several Malaysian agencies had received the award. This year, out of 250 agencies around the world which were nominated, 20 were from Malaysia and six Malaysian agencies received the awards.

He said the judges were particularly impressed by the Sungai Melaka project where the river has been greatly cleaned up, improved and made more attractive and useable for not only the local community but also for river species.

"Species which had not been seen for a long time are now inhabiting the river again. It's good for wildlife, it's good for the local community and it's good for the future that this initiative is being seen and developed."

Malacca city mayor Datuk Zainal Abu (left) and councillor Abdul Razak Abdul Rahman with the gold Green Apple award and citation accorded for theits Sungai Melaka cleanliness and beautification project

Read more: Clean Sg Melaka wins gold Green Apple - General - New Straits Times

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


16 June 2013| last updated at 04:37PM

Malacca River development, beautification behind schedule: CM

By Hanis Maketab

Recent Melaka Dragon boat race held at Melaka River 2013

MALACCA: The contractor for the second phase of the Malacca River development and beautification project, here, has been urged to stick to the dates set for the project's completion.

Chief Minister Datuk Wira Idris Haron said after carrying out checks on the progress of the project, it appeared to be behind schedule.

"The project is expected to be completed by 2015, but judging by what has been completed so far, the project may not be completed on time, which is disappointing.

"I have asked the contractor to increase productivity while adhering to proper health and safety protocols," he said. Idris said he had observed that waste materials from the project had not been disposed of correctly, while the sewage flow was haphazard and not managed properly, which he expected the contractor to rectify as soon as possible.

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15 June 2013| last updated at 11:40PM

The good times flow on Melaka River


CURRENT ATTRACTION: A flotilla of gaily-decorated boats and their strange and wonderful passengers make waves in the historical city

MALACCA: A MYRIAD of neon lights on its banks enhanced the beauty of the Melaka River, on which floated 24 gaily-decorated boats, recently.

The boat parade had the theme "The Colours of the Melaka River".

The vessels' 4.5km journey from the Spice Garden in Pengkalan Rama to Sungai Melaka Square, behind the Flor de Lar Mar replica in Banda Hilir, had captured the attention of many, locals and tourists alike.

The boats of all shapes and sizes had been decorated by the respective staff of the various government and private departments and agencies they represented.

The staff, clad in bright, dazzling attire, had also boarded the boats for the ride that took them past rustic scenes left over from the past.

The merry passengers waved at the many spectators drawn by the spectacle.

Among those participating in the parade were the Public Works Department, Melaka Historical City Council, Chief Minister's Department, Alor Gajah Municipal Council, State Islamic Religious Department, State Education Department, Syarikat Air Melaka Bhd, Malacca Museums Corporation, Perbadanan Melaka Holding Sdn Bhd and State River and Coastal Development Corporation.

The Melaka River, which flows through the middle of the historical city, was an important trade route during the heyday of Malacca Sultanate in the 15th century, and dubbed the "Venice of the East".

The boat parade, which offered prizes of RM7,000, RM5,000, RM3,000, RM2,000 and RM1,000 to the five best decorated boats, was part of the Melaka River Festival 2013 from May 25 to June 23.

The festival, now in its seventh year, attracts some 500,000 visitors annually.

About 100 events will be staged during the month. These include cultural, educational and recreational activities including remote-control boat race, singing and live band competitions, a drawing and colouring competition, an iron man competition, a dragon boat race, reptile and exotic animal exhibit, fashion show, and rickshaw and bullock cart parade.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013


14 June 2013| last updated at 11:38PM

Sungai Melaka project a model for others

By Jason Gerald |

REHABILITATION: The once lifeless waterway has been turned into Malacca’s most lucrative tourism product

THE phrase "Everything began in Malacca" is not something which was just coined to attract tourism, but is in actual fact what this state has to offer to other states in Malaysia.

The birth of the nation is attributed to the glory of the Malacca sultanate in the 15th century, and Malacca is where the independence of Malaysia was first announced by the country's founding father, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj at the Dataran Pahlawan in Banda Hilir.

Malacca has been a benchmark for many developments in the country after the state was steered into becoming a developed state -- recognised by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) -- and is now spearheading the nation's green technology initiatives.

And now, what was once famed as one of the busiest ports in the world, the Melaka River, is becoming a benchmark for the rehabilitation and beautification of rivers throughout the country.

Known as the Venice of the East in the 15th century, the waterway had slowly deteriorated and became one of the dirtiest rivers in the country till some 12 years ago.

In 2001, the state government, with assistance from the Federal Government, had embarked on the first phase of the Melaka River beautification project costing some RM200 million.

The first phase of the Melaka River rehabilitation project started at the tip of the river mouth to the Hang Tuah bridge which included the construction of two new jetties and an archway across the river.

The restoration and beautification project paid off handsomely, as now the once lifeless river has not only been revived but it has been turned into the most lucrative tourism product that Malacca has to offer.

The recent Sungai Melaka International River Festival created history when the Drainage and Irrigation Department director-general, Datuk Ahmad Husaini Sulaiman, said the State administration's success in turning the river into one of the finest in the country, region and also the world would be the main point of reference for the revival and beautification of all rivers in the country.

The effort taken by the Malacca government in beautifying the Melaka River has not only managed to turn the river into a commodity for tourism but also helped in mitigating floods.

Under the 10th Malaysia Plan all rivers in the country were allocated RM3.47 billion for flood mitigation works, rehabilitation and beautification exercise. Melaka alone was allocated RM285 million.

In Malacca's case, this money was not only used for flood mitigation works but also for the cleaning, beautification, and upgrading of the river system from the Sungai Melaka estuary right up to Malim.

This success of making Sungai Melaka into a living river is proposed to be replicated across the country.

Sungai Melaka is flanked by several delightful structures such as the Dutch or Red Square, traditional villages and other tourist attractions. In the second phase of its rehabilitation would start at the Hang Jebat bridge up to Batu Hampar, covering 5.2km.

The second phase would be divided into three main work packages; first would cover a 2.4km waterway from the Hang Jebat bridge to the Tun Razak bridge, followed by 1.2km from the Tun Razak bridge to the Melaka Sentral bridge, and the final package from the Melaka Sentral bridge to the Tidal Control Gate that stretches for 1.6km.

This would also include deepening the depth of the river, constructing walls and walkways along the river, landscapes, three water taxi stations at Taman Rempah and Jusco AEON, building unique bridges and beautifying the banks of the river.

Once the project is completed, the water quality of Sungai Melaka is expected to improve from class 111 barometer to class 11B by the year 2015.

The current success of the Melaka River rehabilitation and beautification project could also be seen through the Melaka River Cruise.

When the cruise started in 2006 there were only 56 visitors, but last year alone it attracted some 1.1 million passengers, and this year it is targeted that the Melaka River Cruise would attract some 1.4 million visitors.

Besides being a benchmark for rivers in Malaysia, the Malacca government is also aiming to work towards getting this event listed on the World Tourism Calendar of Events, similar to the San Antonio River festival in Texas, United States.

Read more: Sungai Melaka project a model for others - Columnist - New Straits Times

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


YACHTING HUB: State plans to build marinas to attract 20pc of seafarers who pass by straits every year

MALACCA: THE Malacca government is hoping to attract 20 per cent of more than 3,000 yachts passing through the Straits of Malacca each year with the construction of marinas along the coasts of Klebang and Tanjung Kling.

The building of the marinas would be a private sector initiative with the support of the state government in terms of land, basic infrastructure and policies.

Chief Minister Datuk Idris Haron said the state, once a famed port of call for sailors from all corners of the world, had the potential to see its glorious past resurrected.

"I was told that at least 3,000 yachts pass through the Straits of Malacca annually and if we can get 500 of them to stop here, it would not only boost tourism but also create an economic spin off for the local economy.

"The sailors travelling in their own yachts are in a league of their own and they will definitely contribute to our economy.

"With the marinas, we would also provide services such as maintenance for their vessels, medical attention, food and beverages and also other facilities to attract them," he said after launching two new Catamarans, a 50-footer and a 33-footer, built by local boat manufacturer, Boat Explorer Sdn Bhd, at the Seafarer Restaurant in Klebang here yesterday.

Idris said Klebang and Tanjung Kling could be the next "Gold Coast" in southeast Asia.

"In Malacca, there are many areas which could be turned into marinas but we have to be selective and make it happen. Just look at Sungai Melaka, once an eyesore, it is now the most visited tourist attraction in the state.

"However, before implementing the marina projects, we have to conduct a proper study."

Asked if the new state administration had any plans to salvage sunken treasures believed to lie off the coast of Malacca, Idris said no proper and credible research had been done on the possible locations.

"If there are pictures of these treasures and proper research done on the vessels, then we do not mind embarking on an exploration to look for them."

Idris also thanked Boat Explorer, a branded recreational boat builder, for helping to promote the state among its customers.

Read more: CM: Malacca can be the next Gold Coast - General - New Straits Times

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


A million visitors expected for Malacca River Fest

MALACCA: A million visitors from all over the country and abroad are expected to enjoy the thrills and join the fun-filled Malacca River Festival that starts here on June 1.

The month-long festival, introduced in 2007, has proven to be one of Malacca’s main annual events with the number of visitors growing each year, said Chief Minister Datuk Idris Haron.

“We have all the reasons to expect a huge turnout, further boosted by the rebranding of the event, known previously as Pesta Sungai Melaka,” he said after opening the International Scout Jamboree in Tehel near here yesterday. “The festival is a crowd-puller as, beside the aesthetics of the rehabilitated Malacca River, there will be various activities organised by both government agencies and the private sector throughout the festival,” he said. Idris added that this year’s festival would also showcase a river procession of decorated boats and fireworks. On another development, the Chief Minister said the Malacca and Sumatra governments had agreed to have a new gateway here that would allow easy daily travel between the two territories. Under the proposal, Indonesians would be able to travel here by sea to work and return home after their working hours. “Indonesians can come to work in Malacca and return home, like Malaysians from Johor working in Singapore,” he said.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Melaka River International Festival 2013 from 25 May - 30 June 2013

Inspired by the San Antonio River Festival in USA, Melaka International River Festival 2013 is back for the whole month of June.

Among the highlights include a water sports fiesta, dragon boat competitions and decorative floats parade.

With more than 100 events prepared, this well-known state tourism event is expected to draw not less than 800,000 tourists. One of the famous event will be the Annual Melaka Dragonboat race where international teams are expected to participate.

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Sunday, April 21, 2013


Monday April 22, 2013

Malacca expects RM400mil cruise terminal and others to drive its growth By B K SIDHU

Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Bin Mohd Rustam during the interview at Seri Bendahara, Malacca.

MALACCA: The development of a RM400mil marina jetty terminal in Malacca for cruise liners is in the works, one of many projects lined up to drive the state's growth.

the marina jetty terminal, Ali Rustam said it would be undertaken by Kejuruteraan Asas Jaya Sdn Bhd on a 121.81ha site.

“The jetty would be built for RM100mil and the needed land would be reclaimed for RM300mil. All these are initial investments,” he said.

This development will facilitate cruise liners docking at least twice weekly at the jetty. Each liner carries about 3,000 passengers. “Even if each passenger spends RM100 a day in Malacca, the spillover business activities would be huge over time,” he noted.

Tourist arrivals in the state in 2000 was 1.6 million, and rose to 12 million in 2011. Last year, the number increased to 13 million and Ali Rustam expects a steep rise with the docking of the cruise liners.

“That is also why we need more hotels and resorts to cater to this new growth,” he said.

The jetty terminal should be completed by 2015.

Malacca also made the New York Times' list of 45 cities to be visited in the world this year. This could be attributed to its World Heritage City status granted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation in 2008, a report said. Ali Rustam has been the Chief Minister since December 1999 and has, over the years, managed to make Malacca more attractive to investors, for instance, initiating a one-stop approval centre to facilitiate investor needs and requests.

Monday, April 8, 2013


Melaka City will celebrate her birthday on 15th. April 2013. Melaka City has come a long way and visitors are coming in droves to Melaka during the weekend. Last Saturday night, I witnessed dozens of tour buses parked along Stadthuys. Tourists from overseas and outside Melaka were visiting Melaka. It was amazing seeing so many tour buses within a small area.

Certainly, the proclaimation of Melaka and Georgetown as Heritage cities of UNESCO since 2008 has a tremendous impact on both cities. In Melaka, a large number of budget hotels, international hotels and boutique hotels have sprouted around the city to cater for visitors and tourists. Some heritage buildings are converted into hotels and you can even find a quaint lodge at Jalan Kampung Jawa. This small hotel was recommended by Tripadvisor as well.

Sunday, March 24, 2013


The former Cathay Cinema at Jalan Munshi Abdullah is being renovated into a Panggung Bangsawan. The area was recently boarded up and the notice board was erected. Hopefully, live, creative cultural shows can then be staged there for locals and tourists. We can highlight our diverse cultures, songs and arts.

Visitors can cruise up from the Stadthuys terminal, up the Melaka River and drop off for a cultural show at this new attraction. By having live shows and performances, Malaccans can revive their old culture like Bangsawan, Pantun, Joget dances,lion dances, Chinese music, Indian dances etc. There will be spin off for the performance arts and visitors to stay longer in Melaka. Moreover, we can make the Melaka Riverwalk more vibrant.

Saturday, January 26, 2013


Hard Rock Cafe Melaka at night

Hard Rock Cafe Melaka will be opening her doors to guests by end January 2013, just in time for the Chinese New Year of the Snake. It will be great to visitors to Melaka to enjoy this new F & B outlet along the Melaka River.

Sunday, January 20, 2013


Second Phase Of Melaka River Beautification Project To Be Safari-style

MELAKA, Jan 17 (Bernama) -- The second phase of the Melaka Beautification and Cleanliness Project will be developed according to the safari concept to attract tourists, Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said.

He said the RM285 million project, a continuity to the first phase, famous for its river cruise, would incorporate elements of fauna and flora in the area covering six kilometres.

"The first phase of the Melaka River beautification project has been drawing more than one million visitors yearly, which has also generated up to RM9 million in revenue. In the second phase, improvements are made by applying the safari concept, similar to that found along the Singapore River," he said.

Speaking to reporters after the closing of the Water Treating Technology Workshop at Casa Del Rio, here today, Mohd Ali said several species of animals would be propagated along the route and colourful trees planted on the river banks and along the waterways.

The second phase project launched on May 21, last year, which stretches from Taman Rempah and the Hang Jebat bridge to Melaka Sentral, would have river banks protective features, walkways and water taxis, other than landscape beautification.


n the workshop, Mohd Ali said it was suggested that the state government use the oil and gas cleaning technology to improve the cleanliness of Melaka River.

"The cleanliness of the river is now at level three and through this technology, we hope it can be improved to level two, that will enable the river to breed certain type of fish and be safe for recreational activities," he said.

Mohd Ali said he would apply to the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water to fund a pilot project using the technology, which was estimated to cost RM800,000 to RM1 million.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Finally, the Hard Rock cafe in Melaka will open at end January, just in time for Chinese New Year in early February. Located besides the Melaka river and opposite the Stadthuys, her opening will enhance Melaka as a tourist destination.

The Melaka River Walk will be boosted when the cafe open for business. Hopefully more investors will see the potential of Melaka River Walk and add more interesting restaurants and F and B outlets and make it another vibrant attraction to visitors.