Wednesday, June 29, 2011


The former Plaza Inn located at end of Jalan Pasar Baru, Melaka will open in 2012 under the world renown brand of Best Western.
Best Western International operates and owns thousands of hotels around the world.

This is good for Melaka in general and Melaka Newchinatown in particular as the hotel is located near the core Melaka Heritage area. BWI sees the potential of Melaka as a heritage city. With the hotel located besides the Melaka River, visitors can enjoy the clean up Melaka River and take romantic walks along the river at night.

Details of the Best Western Malacca as follows:
No. 2, Jalan Munshi Abdullah, 73420 Malacca.
Toll free number: 1 800 88 1838 | Pre-opening office number: +603 2166 1336
Star rating: 3 Star
Opening 2012

Monday, June 27, 2011


Four new 3 storeys shop houses have been built at the end of Jalan Pasar Baru.

Piling works started just after Chinese New Year in February 2011 and now in June, the block has been completed.

The developer must be waiting for the Certificate of Fitness before the buyers can use them or let it out to tenants.

Piling works can be seen besides this new block for the construction of 6 lots of 4 storeys shop offices facing Jalan Munshi Abdullah. They will face the former Cathay cinema and the main road towards Jalan Hang Tuah.

This is good for Jalan Kee Ann and Jalan Pasar Baru as investors are keen to invest in the hospitality business in this area. A new budget hotel with 83 budget rooms, is being renovated just opposite the former Lido Cinema.

Ample parking facilities are also available as the space where the old Central Market has been converted into an open car park which can park at least 200 cars. This car park is within walking distance to Jonker Walk and Kampung Pantai area by just crossing the Old Pasar Bridge.

Thursday, June 9, 2011


Friday June 10, 2011

Malacca to boost security at historical sites, says CM

MALACCA: The state government has initiated measures to protect its historical sites following the theft of wheels from ancient Portuguese cannons on top of St John's Hill at Bandar Hilir on Wednesday.

Describing the theft as a threat to the state's artefacts, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said he would immediately see to it that all historical sites in the state have CCTV facilities.

“We have to seriously consider beefing up security at these sites after the recent theft including placing guards, especially at sites in the World Heritage Zone,” he told reporters after the groundbreaking ceremony for Malacca's Hard Rock Cafe yesterday.

Mohd Ali said he would direct the relevant authorities to secure outdoor artefacts with locks and chains to prevent thieves from carting away items like cannons.

Lighting up: Workers conducting immediate remedial work to light up St John’s Hill after Wednesday’s theft.
He said CCTVs should be installed inside museums and other enclosed historical sites to prevent such occurrence in the future.

“This (thefts) should not have happened in the first place but I believe it's the work of drug addicts,” he said.

He said the state would work with the police to nab those responsible for the theft.

“I hope scrap metal dealers will inform us or the police if they come across anyone attempting to dispose of these wheels,” he said.

Twenty solid cast iron wheels that supported five ancient Portuguese cannons on top of the hill went missing on Wednesday each cannon with four wheels weighs between 500kg and 600kg.

Malacca has several historical sites, including the A Famosa, Stadhuys, St Paul's Church, Bukit Cina, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, Dol Said's Grave, Hang Li Poh and Hang Tuah wells.

This is the second theft involving state artefacts.

In March 2008, eight Malay keris and three Dutch-era pistols were stolen from the Malacca Ethnography Museum.