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Old May 31st, 2006, 01:05 AM   #21
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With Hk Disneyland not doing that well, i'm not sure why they would do this.
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Old May 31st, 2006, 02:15 AM   #22
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I think many park like Disneyland in every Asian Country, but they do not have a brand as "Disney".... yeah, I'm not sure too.
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Old May 31st, 2006, 03:52 PM   #23
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Johor Disneyland? It's a bit odd... Why not in Kuala Lumpur? All Disneylands on Earth are in popular cities except for the American ones, well, they are an exception, the brand is American. Tokyo, HK, and Paris all have Disneylands so why in unknown Nusajaya? Why not KL or Singapore?

As a second thought, Asians are too obsessed with Western brands, why cant we just build a brand of our own?
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Old May 31st, 2006, 03:59 PM   #24
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Johor Disneyland? It's a bit odd... Why not in Kuala Lumpur? All Disneylands on Earth are in popular cities except for the American ones, well, they are an exception, the brand is American. Tokyo, HK, and Paris all have Disneylands so why in unknown Nusajaya? Why not KL or Singapore?

As a second thought, Asians are too obsessed with Western brands, why cant we just build a brand of our own?
Nusajaya is just around the corner to Singapore. It would be the perfect setting for a Disney theme park as Millions of Singaporeans and tourists to Singapore would want to visit it. Also KL is only a few hours by car from Nusajaya, much closer than for most Europeans the Paris Disneyland.
I hope the first tropical Disneyland or other theme park will become reality.
As for the name - Disney would be a crowd puller and it would be hard to make a no-name brand popular and to build up the whole know-how.
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Old May 31st, 2006, 04:34 PM   #25
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Johor has just to improve some infrastructure. Though it's totally okay, i feel that it has to be at par with the ones in Penang and KL. That's because many people compare Johor with Singapore, especially Johor Bahru.
I agree. They need to improve on the infrastucture particularly connectivity from KL, Johor Bahru to Nusajaya township. A high speed train should be built to connect KL to Johor Bahru and then monorail around JB to Nusajaya.
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Old May 31st, 2006, 05:46 PM   #26
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Disney just responded that they've never been in talks with Malaysia...

Johor authorities only approached the company that operated Tokyo Disneyland. Weird right? Considering that it's creating quite a stir in S.E Asia...
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Old May 31st, 2006, 08:25 PM   #27
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Malaysia's UEM in talks to set up theme park

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP): Malaysian conglomerate UEM World Berhad said Wednesday it is in talks with several foreign companies to set up a theme park, but declined to say if this included the Walt Disney Co. for a Disneyland park.

Government-controlled UEM World owns 23,000 acres (9,200 hectares) of land in the southern state of Johor, near neighboring Singapore, of which 2,400 acres (960 hectares) have been set aside for leisure projects, said its chief executive Ahmad Pardas Senin.

"We speak to various operators because we are still in the exploratory stage of attracting theme park operators,'' he told reporters after announcing the company's first-quarter results.

A government minister in charge of economic affairs, Effendi Norwawi, said Tuesday that Malaysia was exploring plans to set up the first Disney theme park in Southeast Asia based in Johor.

But Ahmad Pardas declined to be drawn into commenting on the Disneyland possibility. "It's never easy ... but we will keep trying. Whether they will be attracted is another issue,'' he said, in reference to talks with foreign theme park operators.

Effendi has said the government was in talks with Disneyland operators in Japan and the United States, as well as other parties about setting up a theme park but did not give details.

Building a Disney park will boost tourism for Malaysia and pose stiff competition to Singapore, which is building two casino resorts. Tourism is Malaysia's No. 2 foreign exchange earner, after manufacturing.

Walt Disney Co. opened a theme park in Hong Kong in September.

Alannah Goss, a spokeswoman for Disney's Asian operations based in Hong Kong, has said the company constantly assesses strategic markets worldwide but declined to say if Johor is on the list.

UEM World, which has interests in property, health care and manufacturing, has been exploring plans for a theme park in Johor since 2001. It had then said Hollywood's Universal Studios Inc. was conducting a feasibility study for the project, which did not materialize.

Earlier Wednesday, UEM World reported a net profit of 100.3 million ringgit (US$27.9 million, euro23 million) for the quarter to March, up sharply from 8.1 million ringgit (US$2.3 million, euro1.9 million) a year earlier.

Its revenue doubled to 1.19 billion ringgit (US$331 million, euro277.8 million) during the period. The improved profit was due to mainly to a one-off land sale, higher margins from its manufacturing division and consolidation of its pharmaceutical unit, it said.
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Old June 1st, 2006, 02:54 PM   #28
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Two companies interested in building Johor Bharu monorail

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Source: TheStar Online Thursday June 1, 2006

JOHOR BARU: Two local companies with foreign partnerships have expressed interest in the state monorail system project estimated to cost more than RM1bil.

Johore's Mentri Besar/Chief Minister Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said the state government was considering the proposals handed in by the companies’ interested in building the monorail.

“We are considering and looking into all areas of the proposals, such as the most suitable technology, the project cost, funding, and routes.

“We hope that we will be able to firm up the details and design by end of this year or early next year,” Abdul Ghani told reporters after launching a seminar here on Thursday.

He added the project should be completed in three years time (2009).

The monorail is expected to ferry passengers from the heart of the city to Tebrau, Senai, Skudai and Nusajaya – densely populated areas where people need public transportation.

Abdul Ghani said the project would be implemented with support from the Federal government, adding that the state government would request for funding from the allocation set aside for upgrading transportation systems in cities.
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Old June 1st, 2006, 11:15 PM   #29
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OK, so that's a big distinction: opening up a Disneyland, and having the operators of the Tokyo Disneyland open a park in Malaysia (not Disney).
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Old June 2nd, 2006, 03:23 PM   #30
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UEM still wants to pursue Disney talks
By Ashwin Raman, 31 May 2006 7:03 PM
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UEM World Bhd is still keen to engage Walt Disney to bring in a theme park to its Nusajaya development in Johor despite the US company's denial that it was interested to expand to Malaysia.

However, UEM World said it was also in talks with other foreign theme park operators to set up such a venture in Nusajaya.

Asked on a report on May 31 on Disney's denial, its managing director, Datuk Ahmad Pardas Senin said: “The efforts need to be continuously done as this is not something that can be achieved in a short space of time.”

He said UEM World had initiated talks with several operators other than Disney as UEM World had allocated 2,400ha of its 9,200ha township in Nusajaya for leisure or theme park development.

Prior to its suspension at 2.30pm on May 31, UEM World fell six sen to RM1.76 after Disney's denial that it was interested to set up a theme park in the country. It resumes trading on June 1.

On May 30, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohd Effendi Norwawi said the government was in talks with Oriental Land Co Ltd, who operates Tokyo Disneyland, and Disney in the US to bring in Disney.

Reuters on May 31 quoted Walt Disney Parks and Resorts spokeswoman, Lisa Haines, as saying: “At this time, however, there are no existing discussions in Malaysia and we currently have no plans for a Disney-branded resort development in that country.”

To another question, Ahmad Pardas said UEM World still hoped to bring in Disney or another theme park operator of the same magnitude.

Speaking to reporters in Kuala Lumpur at its quarterly results briefing, he added: “If a name like that (Disney) were to come here, it would be a crowd-puller for tourism.”

Meanwhile, UEM World's net profit surged to RM100.28 million for the first quarter (1Q) ended March 31, 2006 from only RM8.11 million a year earlier as earnings were boosted by the property and manufacturing divisions.

The other contributors were the consolidation of Pharmaniaga Bhd’s results with effect from August 2005, higher profit of a foreign associate and lower amortisation of actuarial loss on pension scheme.

Revenue more than doubled to RM1.19 billion from RM560.7 million mainly from the sale of a 367ha land by the property division but was offset by the lower revenue from project management and construction projects. Earnings per share were 7.2 sen against 0.6 sen.

On UEM World’s bid for the second Penang bridge, Ahmad Pardas said it had written to the government to be considered as it was the concession holder of the first Penang bridge and undertook the construction of the second link bridge between Johor Bahru and Singapore.

He hoped it would be considered for transportation projects under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP), including the expansion of light rail transit (LRT) and other railway commuter projects.
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 08:48 PM   #31
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From: http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/s...9/daily11.html
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The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday that it has no plans to build a theme park in Malaysia, despite media reports that said the company was in talks with the Malaysian government about a park.

"We are constantly exploring opportunities around the world as we look to grow our parks and resorts business. At this time, however, there are no existing discussions in Malaysia and we currently have no plans for a Disney-branded resort development in that country," Lisa Haines, a spokeswoman for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, told the media.



Effendi Norwawi, the minister in the Malaysian Prime Minister's Department in charge of economic affairs, earlier told the media that the government is in talks with Disneyland operators in Japan and the United States about a potential theme park in the southern state of Johor near Singapore. Norwawi also told the media that the government is hoping for a deal with Disney but is also "discussing with several other parties to get the best option."

Disney currently has two parks in Asia, in Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Burbank, Calif.-based Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) operates Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, which includes the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Disney-MGM Studios theme parks in Orlando; owns ABC television network, 10 broadcast stations and more than 60 radio stations; and produces films through Walt Disney Studios.
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