10 December 2012

Malaysia Eye at Pulau Melaka

to start operations by April
The Eye On Malaysia in Pulau Melaka, a reality soon...

PULAU MELAKA: The installation work of a new and taller ferris wheel known as Malaysia Eye at Pulau Melaka will start early February next year.

Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam who made a working visit to the site said that the ferris wheel which is touted to be 13th tallest in the world is expected to fully be operational by April 2013.

“The work stage at the site has currently reached fifteen percent and to date the remaining tasks of getting it operational are going on smoothly without any problems,” said Mohd Ali adding that 43 containers with the components for the ferris wheel have arrived and will be transported to the site here in stages for installation.

“The earlier consignments have arrived to the site from China and I am glad that the work being carried out according to schedule,” said Mohd Ali when meeting the reporters at the site. Mohd Ali also confirmed that emphasis was also given to the safety aspect as the 103m-tall giant structure needs to adhere to stringent installation procedures to avoid any untoward incidents in the future.

The RM40 million project will be carried-out by The Eye Sdn Bhd where the site will also witness the construction of 28 storey hotel with 300 rooms. The giant structure will be installed on a 0.8ha site and eventually a new tourist attraction site for the city. A water theme park at the adjourning site of the ferris wheel is also in the pipeline.

About RM1 billon have been invested to redevelop Pulau Melaka into a new edition of tourist spot in Melaka and the ferris wheel will definitely boost the property market at the once abandoned man-made island. The new giant ferris wheel from China was aimed to replace the previous structure that was shut down and removed two years ago after a ten month legal tussle.

The previous 62m tall Eye On Malaysia ferris wheel, a joint venture between MST Ad Suria Sdn Bhd and state-owned Eye On Malaysia Sdn Bhd, ceased operations in 2010 after Belgian owner Fitraco MV took possession of the wheel on January 7 that year over an RM18 million debt by MST Ad Suria. The wheel was then removed by Fitraco in October 2010.

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