Perak MB: No plans to close MAPS despite receivership for operator

IPOH: There are no plans to close the Movie Animation Park Studio, says Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu.

The Perak Mentri Besar said although Affin Hwang Investment Sdn Bhd (Affin Investment) has put the Animation Theme Park Sdn Bhd (ATP) under receivership, the theme park will continue operations.

“For more than a year, the state government has tried our best to solve the financial issues of some government-linked companies (GLC), including ATP, which is a subsidiary of Perak Corporation Bhd (PCB).

“In order to save MAPS, we have done many things including cutting the number of workers and coming up with several ideas to gain revenue.

“So far we managed to cover the overheads, ” he told reporters at the state secretariat building here Tuesday (Dec 10)

“However, a few months ago, if I am not mistaken, the company had failed to pay about RM21mil, causing a default in payment, which is why the bank had to take some action, ” he added.

It was reported on Dec 6 that Affin Investment has put ATP under receivership and has appointed Datuk Duar Tuan Kiat of Messrs Ernst & Young as receiver and manager over the property on Dec 4.

Faizal said in order to pay the bank, the theme park has to remain open.

“I think the bank knows that in order for them to receive payment, the theme park needs to continue operating.

“I believe that both PCB and ATP will come up with ideas to solve the matter with the bank, ” he said.

Separately, Faizal said the Perak State Development Corporation (PKNP) would be issuing a statement regarding the land clearing issue at Bukit Kledang.

“Although I am the chairman, I was not aware of this matter and have spoken to the executive officer to release a statement on this issue, ” he said.

On Dec 8, environmental groups in Perak discovered some 20ha of hills near Bukit Kledang range was cleared.

“However, I hope that in the future, should there be any cases like this, instead of going to the media, people should contact the local authorities and the state government first, ” Faizal said.

“Perhaps they (the public) want to be famous, I am not sure. But in order for us to save the earth together, the public must inform us first, then only we will have a collaboration between the state and its people, ” he said.

Faizal also said that he was not aware of an upcoming Musang King plantation project in Kedah that also covered some forestland in Pengkalan Hulu.

“I will speak to the district officer to get the details of this project. As for now, I don’t know about such a project, ” he said.

It was reported in November that at least 1,200ha of the Gunung Inas Forest Reserve in Kedah would be use for a Musang King durian plantation.

The clearing process that covered Baling and Kulim in Kedah and Pengkalan Hulu can be visibly seen from Jalan Kupang-Gerik.

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