Visitors ride free entry wave to Melaka sights

Cooling off: Members of the public frolicking in the water with their families at the Melaka Wonderland and Theme Park. — Bernama

MELAKA: This historic city saw a sea of visitors after offering free entry to 10 public attractions to commemorate the Declaration of Independence of the Federation of Malaya.

Queues as long as 2km were seen at these tourist spots at 7.30am yesterday.

Melaka Zoo registered about 14,000 visitors by noon.

As for the Melaka River Cruise, which offers 15 boats for free rides, it was estimated that 5,000 people made a beeline to Taman Rempah by 11am to enjoy the cruise along Sungai Melaka.State tourism, heritage, art and culture committee chairman Datuk Abdul Razak Abdul Rahman said Melaka Museum recorded 4,000 visitors by 11am.

The revolving Menara Taming Sari Tower in Banda Hilir recorded 1,200 visitors by 11am.

A large crowd also turned up at Melaka Wonderland Park in Ayer Keroh.

Complimentary entry was also offered at Melaka State Marine Park and Melaka Prison Museum, among others.

Melaka police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Zainol Samah said his men were stationed at strategic locations to manage the heavy traffic, especially in Ayer Keroh.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh had earlier announced that entrance fees to tourist attractions and services would be waived on Feb 20 in conjunction with the Declaration of Independence of the Federation of Malaya.

Green fees for five golf clubs will also be waived.

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