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Friday April 11, 2008

Guests transported to days of the Majapahit kingdom and Malacca sultanate

NUSAJAYA: Some 500 local and foreign guests were entertained to a special show of Puteri Gunung Ledang: The Musical by the original ensemble.

Despite the absence of main actors Datin Tiara Jacqueline and Stephen Rahman, guests were mesmerised by the show at the launch of the East Ledang resort recently.

They were equally impressed by the grand tent, resembling a fairytale garden with hanging lights and larger-than-life butterflies and floral mobiles, where the event was held.

In wonder: (From left) Abdul Aziz, Ikmal, Ahmad Pardas and Wan Abdullah looking at a model of East Ledang development in Nusayajaya recently.

They were also treated to a traditional high tea spread including satay, mee siam, roti kirai, burasak, ketupat palas and lompat tikam.

Throughout the one-hour show, guests were “transported” to the Majapahit kingdom and Malacca Sultanate days of the legend.

“East Ledang is a premier residential development in Nusajaya within the Iskandar Development Region (IDR),” UEM Land Sdn Bhd managing director Wan Abdullah Wan Ibrahim said.

He said the project was envisaged on the “East Meets West” concept combining tropical gardens with ICT technology and advanced security.

Impressive: The twin villas showhouse at east ledang in nusajaya.

Wan Abdullah said the development would have 31 themed gardens including 8.09ha of forest, wetland gardens and lake gardens.

He said the main attraction of the central garden in Phase One was a 100-year-old multi-hued frangipani tree brought from Muar.

Among those present were the Iskandar Region Development Authority chief executive officer Datuk Ikmal Hijaz Hashim, UEM Group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Ahmad Pardas Senin and Nusa Jaya state assemblyman Datuk Abdul Aziz Sapian.

To mark the launch, Ikmal, Ahmad and Wan Abdullah were presented with seven trays of offerings that were demanded by the Puteri Gunung Ledang as part of her wedding trousseau for her marriage to the Sultan of Malacca.

Wan Abdullah said the project would take seven years to complete. There will be 861 units of high-end residential properties on 111.28ha of freehold land.

He said the project catered to residents of the IDR who were largely foreign investors, Singaporeans and expatriates based in the republic.

Wan Abdullah said other developments taking place in Nusajaya were the Medical City, EduCity, Johor State New Administrative Centre and the Puteri Harbour Waterfront project.

UEM Land is the biggest developer with 10,000ha in the Nusajaya city project.

The Government hopes the project will boost economic growth and attract RM382bil in investments to IDR in two decades.