Batik to the fore at hotel

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 07 Mar 2006

MALACCA: Bharat K. Ajmera was 17 when he started work as a part-time photographer at the Straits Travel Inn, a hotel located opposite his school. 

“I used to dream about owning a hotel,” he said. 

The 40-year-old has now realised his dreams, as he is the proud owner of Malacca Straits Hotel in Jalan Chan Koon Cheng. 

BIG ON BATIK: Bharat watching as a hotel worker makes the bed featuring a batik motif of a wayang kulit character.

Bharat bought the building, which had been the Straits Hospital, including the land in November for RM2.9mil from the Malacca government. 

This is not his first foray into the hospitality industry as he had operated a budget hotel catering for families of Indonesian patients seeking treatment at the Mahkota Medical Centre for five years. 

He has refurbished his new hotel using batik and songket.  

Both feature prominently in the beds, bed sheets, pillowcases, floor mats and table coasters in the hotel. 

As explanation, Bharat simply said, “I just love batik and songket,” after signing the land and building purchase agreement. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam signed on behalf of the state. 

“I feel that we should use batik to create our own identity,” said Bharat. 

The hotel is expected to open next month.  

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