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Thrilling roller-coaster ride coming to Malacca

BY R.S.N. MURALI
murali@thestar.com.my

MALACCA: Malacca will open its latest tourism product — an exhilarating roller-coaster ride with one kilometre of track with several major twists and stomach-churning plummet.
White-knuckle riders will be hurtled around the track at several kilometers per hour while for the gutsy ones, they could get glimpse of the nearby Malacca river while whirling the twisted track.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the riders would also experience a split second of weightlessness as they nosedive down a steep drop.
“We are almost completing the roller-coaster project and will be opened once the engineers from China has certified the safety aspects of the latest tourism product,” he said.
One great ride: Malacca’s latest tourism product roller-coaster is expected to bring in the exhilaration.
He added that the roller-coaster project was supposed to start operation sometime ago but was delayed due dispute over land matters.
“We have managed to resolve the hiatus by locating a new site and now waiting for the opening, hopefully in the next couple of months.
“I will meet the contractor soon and ask him to expedite the opening of the roller-coaster,” he said.
He said RM10mil roller-coaster will be packaged as part of the Melaka River attraction apart from expanding the current monorail track,
stretching another 1.6km where the total rail line would soon span over 3.2km once the second phase has been completed.
“The monorail is specially created for tourism purpose and not for public transportation as perceived by certain people,” he said.
Malacca’s RM15.9mil monorail service resumed after months going into a non-operational state due to host of technical problems.
Launched on Oct 20, 2010, the service came to an abrupt halt due to glitches including on its software system.
The China-made monorail, spanning 1.6km rail system, starts from Taman Rempah in Pengkalan Rama to Kampung Bunga Raya Pantai along the scenic Malacca River and expected to reach Melaka Raya once the extension project is completed by 2013.
Mohd Ali Rustam said Malacca is spearheading its ambition to be branded as a family tourism state where more tourist attractions would be introduce in the state over the period.
He said the roller-coaster, river-cruise, monorail and Eye on Malacca will be bundled as one product to promote Sungai Melaka as top tourist destination here.
In an unrelated development, Mohd Ali Rustam revealed that the first phase of the RM50mil flood mitigation project to alleviate flash floods in the state have been completed.
He said the phase one covers Kampung Chetty, Tangga Batu,Sungai Udang;Taman Merak Mas,Bukit Katil, Lorong Pandan.Limbongan, Taman Melawis,Taman Sentosa, Bukit Beruang, Taman Peringgit Jaya and Teacher Training College in Durian Daun.
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Mohd Ali Rustam said the second phase of the mitigation project is still awaiting RM78mil grant from the Federal Government where it would cover the remaining flood prone areas like Kampung Enam, Kampung Tujuh,Jalan Bachang SM Tun Tuah Parit Besar, Bukit Katil and Peringgit Jaya.
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