ALOR SETAR: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah graced the grand opening of Aman Central, touted as the biggest shopping mall in Kedah.
Belleview Group managing director Datuk Sonny Ho said Aman Central is an exciting synergy that would forever change the retail landscape of Kedah and the northern region.
“We have a vision to fill the void of an exciting retail space in Kedah. We have come a long way to bring that vision to reality.
“Since its successful soft opening on Oct 1 last year, we have recorded an average of one million shoppers per month.
“We are proud to announce that the number has been steadily growing,” Ho said in his speech at the mall’s grand opening ceremony yesterday.
Ho also announced that the mall was awarded the Highly Commended Asia Pacific Property Award for the Retail Development Malaysia category, in the International Property Awards 2015/2016.
“To date, the mall has achieved 95% occupancy. Its growth and future possibilities as well as our support for local traders have created an additional 5,000 job opportunities for Kedahans,” Ho added.
He also extended his heartfelt gratitude to Tuanku Abdul Halim and the Kedah royal family for their presence.
Also present were Kedah Regency Council chairman Tunku Temenggong Kedah Tan Sri Tunku Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah, Tunku Puan Temenggong Kedah Puan Sri Datuk Seri Tengku Maliha Tengku Ariff and Tunku Panglima Besar Kedah Tan Sri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah and his wife Datin Seri Hizam Awang Ahmad were in attendance too at the closed-door event yesterday.
Ahmad Bashah said the presence of the King at the grand opening showed that he was concerned with the development and progress in the state.
“Kedah is gifted with a new icon which will elevate the status of Alor Setar as a progressive city,” he said.
Tuanku Abdul Halim together with the royal family members enjoyed a royal luncheon before being taken on a tour of the mall in buggies.
Also present were Star Media Group Berhad regional operations (north) acting general manager Simone Liong, Star Media Group Berhad audience management (north) senior manager Oun Sui Leng and Star Media Group advertising representative Wong Mei Choo.
The mall was reopened to the public at about 1pm. Shoppers were treated to a mini concert by Malaysian songbird Jaclyn Victor, followed by a meet-the-fans session.