MPC to develop RM1.5bil expo centre


  • Business
  • Thursday, 17 Apr 2008

SINGAPORE: Malaysia Pacific Corp Bhd (MPC) will be developing the Asia-Pacific Trade & Expo City (APTEC), billed as the largest trade, exposition and distribution centre in the region at its flagship RM6.3bil Lakehill Resort City, in Johor.

Costing RM1.2bil to RM1.5bil, APTEC will have a four million sq ft complex on 23.5 acres and will be the anchor and key attraction for the proposed freehold Lakehill Resort City near the Port of Pasir Gudang.

Bill Ch'ng

It will comprise a permanent global trade and expo centre showcasing wholesale consumer products, a shopping mall, two serviced apartment towers, a three-star hotel and office suites.

MPC chief executive officer Bill Ch’ng said APTEC would serve as a catalyst in the development of Iskandar Malaysia into a regional and distribution hub, targeting Asia-Pacific’s population of 800 million.

“We aim to recreate in Malaysia a success story even better than that of Shenzhen-Hong Kong, with a similar strategic partnership for Iskandar Malaysia-Singapore synergy,” he said at Cityscape Asia 2008 on Monday.

This was the first time that MPC showcased the 484-acre Lakehill Resort City (part of MPCB’s 905-acre Nusa Damai at the eastern zone of Iskandar Malaysia) to the foreign investment and property market at the three-day business-to-business real estate exhibition.

Ch’ng said Iskandar Malaysia and Singapore had the potential to forge the same synergistic advantage as “Shenzhen and Hong Kong”, which achieved economic success under their partnership arrangement.

APTEC is to generate over 50,000 direct jobs and more than 200,000 indirect employment opportunities in the supporting services and businesses, such as new products, manufacturing, financial services, banking and logistics.

“We are confident APTEC will be a platform for greater regional collaboration between Asean countries. It will also boost the influx of domestic and foreign investments into Iskandar Malaysia, thus bringing greater socio-economic benefits to Iskandar Malaysia and Singapore,” Ch'ng said, adding that some parties had expressed interest in taking direct equities in Lakehill Resort City and APTEC.

He said APTEC would be a “state-of-the-art” international wholesale business and trade city under one roof, offering business networking, family outing, merchandising, tourist shopping and a variety of entertainment experiences, unseen anywhere in Asia or the world.

APTEC, he said, would showcase a wide variety of mass consumer products, such as garments, souvenirs and high-tech electronics goods from China, India and Asean countries, providing competitive pricing and comparable quality options for buyers.

Lakehill Resort City’s other selling propositions include a factory outlet with a Wild West theme, Nusa Paradise commercial entertainment centre, Heritage and Cultural Village with lakeside amphitheatre, man-made beach, musical fountains and uniquely Malaysian gondolas, Lakeside Platinum Residences, Lakehill Medical & Healthcare Specialist Centre for health tourism, a golf village, 6-star resort and a Real Rock Cafe.

The development has also applied for the international residency scheme whereby foreigners buying a home could qualify for the Malaysia My Second Home visa status.

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