MALACCA: Malacca wants to see that all planned mega projects in the state is carried out and not just left as blueprints only.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said he was serious in developing Malacca into a nautical gem of this region and could no longer tolerate any hiatus in proposed development projects laid by interested developers.
“I hope there is no more disappointments in terms of materialising the blueprints, we must build Malacca for the future of our nextgeneration and creating more employment and business opportunities for the young.
“Hence, I don’t want to see white elephant projects or plans just remaining on papers, we need to be serious in our endeavours,” he said after witnessing joint venture agreement sealed between Melaka Gateway Marina Sdn Bhd and Prometheus Marina and Yacht Services Co.Ltd of
Singapore onboard Royal Albatross yacht in Singapore recently.
Melaka Gateway was represented its CEO, Michelle Ong while ProMetheus Marina and Yatch Services by its managing director Alan Pickering.
The event was also witnessed by Malaysian Ambassador to Singapore Datuk Husni Zai Yaacob and other senior officials from Malacca.
Idris said he needed to keep his promise to create more opportunities for Malaccans and Malaysians at large through such projects.
“These mega projects, I consider as more significant treasure trove for the state compared to much-hyped wealth in Pulau Nangka.
“We need to thrust to the next phase of realising a developed state and not be trapped in conventional way of only unveiling blueprints,” he said.
Idris also hoped that the RM40bil Malacca’s Marina Gateway would be a landmark development for the state.
He said the project was timely as Malacca currently lacked the facilities to cater for cruise ships and other marine vessels despite getting two dozens of cruise ship calls, annually.
Spanning over a 249ha man-made island, Melaka Gateway is also poised to be “the largest private marina bay in Southeast Asia” when the project completes by year 2025.
The development is projected to generate an additional 2.5 million tourists over the next 12 years.
The first phase of the project will be built on the existing Pulau Melaka and will unveil the new version of Malaysia Eye, hotels, resorts, a marina terminal, a heritage promenade and fashion arena.
Melaka Gateway consists of 12 development precincts comprising the Melaka International Cruise Terminal (MICT), an entertainment hub, high-rise condominiums, marina villas with private berths, a health and wellness precinct and The Beacon, a 288m tall building housing a
seven-star hotel and luxury apartments under a package of 15km of premier waterfront.
During the event, Ong also revealed that the development project has received response from foreign investors.
“We are in the first phase now that expected to be completed by 2020,” she added.