MELAKA, Feb 20 (Bernama) -- The restoration of the commercial project in Pulau Melaka at a cost of RM64.5 million has increased investors' confidence in the state's property sector.
State Transport and Project Restoration Committee chairman, Datuk Lim Ban Hong said the restoration of the project, abandoned since 1998 due to the economic crisis, will spur economic development and provide job opportunities.
"I foresee more investment flowing into Melaka after more abandoned projects are restored by the state government," he told BERNAMA in Melaka.
Lim said Pulau Melaka, an artificial island near Bandar Hilir tourist area, can be turned into a commercial district and an exclusive tourism location.
The project was restored by Kejuruteraan Asas Jaya Sdn Bhd, a company appointed by the Melaka state government.
Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron handed over the keys to 1,233 residential and commercial unit owners in Pulau Melaka on Feb 1.
Meanwhile, in KOTA KINABALU, Sabah Tourism Malaysia director Sani Sham Ahmad said the state would focus on getting more domestic tourists to go there.
He said the availability of direct flights from the peninsula, like Johor, Kuala Lumpur and Penang, could contribute towards efforts to boost the state's domestic tourism industry.
Towards this end, he said, Tourism Malaysia would work with the Sabah Tourism Board and tourism industry players to promote tourism products in the state.
"We call it selling mission. We go out to reach the people to aggressively market the state tourism products to encourage more domestic tourists to come," Sani Sham told BERNAMA.
On tourist arrivals in Sabah, he said 60 per cent of them were domestic tourists.