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^^ Ermm...ok la. Juz the "pentas" too small. Other ppl will crash each other. :eek:hno: Well, overall nice la. :)

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Cross-country: Turning eyesores into hotels
2007/10/22 NST Online » Local News
By : Julia Chan

KOTA KINABALU: City Hall is keen to turn two districts in the city centre into budget hotel hubs.

The Sinsuran and Segama districts are in the heart of the city, near shopping centres and an international chain hotel, but the buildings are run-down.

Mayor Datuk Iliyas Ibrahim said the owners had not maintained their buildings, and many had put up illegal partitions, which were unsafe, to rent the rooms on a monthly basis, resulting in overcrowding.

"The overcrowding of tenants in Sinsuran, in particular, has contributed to blocked sewerage pipes and heavy grease deposits in the drains in the area," he said, adding that the buildings were also an eyesore.

Iliyas said City Hall was keen to help owners turn their buildings into budget hotels. This would not only ease the shortage of hotel rooms in the city, but would also help in maintaining a cleaner and safer city.

"We are appealing to building owners in the city centre to come to us and we will help convert the old, badly maintained buildings into cleaner and new budget hotels," he said yesterday at the launch of the latest budget hotel in town, Hotel Garden.

Iliyas added that City Hall had made the same offer in the past but the response had been poor.

He said there was more demand for budget hotels now, with the influx of tourists looking for budget accommodation.

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Masidi: KK to have centre for performing arts
Kota Kinabalu: Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun on Monday said discussions are being held with City Hall to decide on a suitable site for a centre for performing arts here.

He said a permanent centre of the kind is really needed to cater to the huge talent in Sabah.

After watching many artistic performances, he said there is little doubt that the State indeed has an abundance of talents among its young people.

"Those who watched the Jesselton Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO) perform last night would agree with me that we have world class material among our musicians who can be nurtured and tutored to perform even better," he said.

He said that the way the orchestra played classical pieces such as Pachaebel's Canon in D and Beethoven's 9th Symphony (choral finale) would make Sabahans proud of their enormous talent.

And the fact that most of the musicians are in their teens, the youngest being a seven-year-old demonstrates a permanent artistic centre is really needed so that their talents are nurtured and not wasted, he added.

However, he said he would prefer that City Hall build and operate the centre.

"But it should be a simple, functional yet iconic landmark, a symbol of the city's coming of age, balancing commercial pursuit with quality artistic enjoyment," he said.

Masidi said they would be officially submitting the proposal to the State government after they have sorted out the preliminary matters.

"We really need the centre of performing arts in the city because in many major cities in the world, art and culture symbolise modernisation.

"And with Kota Kinabalu becoming a big city, I feel there a missing link in our city as we become more prosperousÉwe should look into other areas that we might have neglected," he said.

Having such centre, he said would definitely enrich the quality of people particularly those who are living in the city.

According to Masidi, although there are not many people who really want to attend classical-type concerts compared to rock concerts, the young talents must be supported so that they continue playing classical music even after they complete school.

"Perhaps to many people such music is not popular but the musicians, a combination of the young and the experienced, do provide us with quality music to enjoy," he said.

Masidi even though he hardly plays any music instruments, he still enjoys classical music that he described as educational because listeners have to study the history to understand every piece.

"So, instead of just enjoying the music, we are actually learning a history at the same time that inevitably would enrich the people's lives," he said.

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RM155m vote of confidence
Kota Kinabalu: China's first and biggest investment venture in East Malaysia - a RM155 million property development called South China Sea Place that includes a four-star hotel - was launched, here, Tuesday.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman commended SUDC, a subsidiary of Sabah Economic Development Corporation (Sedco) for the partnership with a Chinese contractor, Longma Construction Corporation Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Longyuan Construction to undertake the project.

He said the State Government was glad to see one of its agencies (SUDC) moving forward to play its role to consolidate the State's economy through the property development sector.

Musa said the sector has an important role especially to provide accommodations and shops to support the tourism sector considered as a sunrise industry in Sabah.

"I am confident that the South China Sea Place project fulfils the aspiration and planning of SUDC since it comprises components that complement each other," he said at the ground breaking ceremony, Tuesday.

The project located on two acres adjacent to the new Sabah Umno building along the Sembulan coastal highway would see the construction of an 11-storey building plus two levels of basement car parks. It would house 174 rooms to be managed by an international hotel chain operator, 478 hotel suites, 17 lots of shops, 12 lots of business suites and facilities such as swimming pool as well as convention centre.

Musa's speech was delivered by State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun. Being a project with the concept that prioritises tourism, he said it was in congruent with the State Government's aspiration of developing the tourism industry as one of Sabah's main economic growth catalysts.

The South China Sea Place project is different from the similar developments in Sabah since it belongs to a foreign investor which the State Government was hopeful to be able to attract more to come to the State.

At the moment, Sabah had received two major foreign direct investments from Japan and India.

Musa, who is also Finance Minister, said the fact that 478 units of hotel suites at the South China Sea Place would be marketed abroad complemented the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme.

Towards this end, he hoped the partnership between SUDC and Longyuan Construction would be a stimulus and encouragement for other local companies in Sabah to emulate in the bid to boost foreign direct investment.

Chinese Consulate General to Kuching, Xie Fugen, said the open political mindset to provide excellent investment opportunities to foreign investors adopted by the Malaysian and Sabah governments had attracted more and more attention from Chinese companies to invest in East Malaysia.

"In recent years, the economy in Sabah has flourished and been on a rising curve. It has attracted many foreign visitors and investments from nearby countries, especially China," he said.

Fugen expressed appreciation to the State Government, particularly Sedco for inviting Chinese companies to participate in the (soon-to-be-launched) Sabah Development Corridor that was aimed at further boosting the State's economy.

"We have also been encouraging more Chinese companies to invest their monies abroad, and come to East Malaysia to take on construction projects, participate in the oil palm industry, timber and other newly-formed industries," he said.

He believed that by working hand-in-hand, both parties would be able to form a pleasant partnership and obtain great success in their participation.

As a developing country, he said China had been trying her best to maintain peacefulness, stability and prosperity in the Asian region.

"China's political approaches in focusing on the friendliness and peacefulness of her neighbouring countries has played an important factor in proving further on China's standpoint as a good neighbour and a good partner, by involving herself in the promotion of political stability and economic development in the region," he said.

Fugen said Sabah, being an important area of BIMP-EAGA, is now aggressively working with China to achieve cooperation in this matter.

"We believe, under the speedy business cooperation between China and Malaysia, Sabah will achieve a new and brighter future," he said.

The Consul-General also advised Long Yuan Construction Group to display "our fine Chinese traditions and show to our hosts that we Chinese are hardworking, with good technique, good project and time management skills, by completing this project with full force.

"By doing so, I hope that your company is able to set up a good example to fellow Chinese companies having operations overseas," he said.

Long Yuan Construction Group Co Ltd Assistant to the Chairman and General Manager, Zhou Jing De assured that the Group would provide Longma Construction Corporation with all the professional construction technology and skills for any projects undertaken by them. Longma Construction Corporation Sdn Bhd had been established for four years.

According to him, Sabah is a beautiful place, free from natural disasters, politically stable and possess numerous locations with potential to be developed into tourist attractions.

"I hope in the near future, Longma Construction Corporation will have the opportunity to work together again, in developing more landmark projects and together we will build a brighter future for city development in Sabah," he said.

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Card deal with Genting Group
Kota Kinabalu: Ramajuta Group of Companies - the developer of 1Borneo and Warisan Square - and the Genting Group have teamed up to bolster the tourism and retail sector of Sabah.

To this end a Platinum Club Card, a special privilege card has been introduced using the technologies and networking of the Genting Group's premier card system, The Genting WorldCard.

The first of its kind in East Malaysia, the Platinum Club Card which offers three categories (Prestige, Trendy and Tourist) is scheduled to be launched at the end of this year and can be used at both 1Borneo and Warisan Square.

The card will enable members to enjoy a host of unique privileges on shopping, lifestyle pleasures from fashion stores, selection of F&B choices from cuisine restaurants and cafes, pampering from beauty and health spas, indulgences from four choice hotels, invitations to events and entertainment as well as enjoyment of a cultivated lifestyle from art and culture.

The privileges also include special previews on the Group's homes and properties, while the benefits include accumulative points for redemption of gifts, monthly top spender gifts, attractive discount of up to 50 per cent from normal published room rates at participating hotels, attractive discounts on all participating F&B outlets, special discounts off official launching prices for properties under the Ramajuta Group (including free legal fees on S&P agreements), preferential access to a wide range of business centre and concierge services.

Others would be regular updates on product, promotional and special events, besides cash value on the card for use at the car park, food court and hovercraft services.

The perks were disclosed at the 1Borneo Management Corporation Sdn Bhd and Genting WorldCard Sdn Bhd's Platinum Club Card signing ceremony held at Ramajuta Group of Companies' headquarters at Warisan Square here Thursday.

It was signed by Stanley Ng, the Senior Vice President of EGenting Holdings, Soo Chan Yee, Assistant Vice President of WorldCard Malaysia (Operations), Wong Chee Hwa, Director for 1Borneo Centre Management, and General Manager (Leasing) 1Borneo, Jo Beh.

Ramajuta Group Director Tan Tiang Lai and Managing Director's Adviser N.K Foo, were also present. Both the groups also expressed keenness to work together on projects to further upgrade the privileges and services available to clients.

"We want to work with the best in giving the best to our customers and Genting Group needs no introduction. The WorldCard is a loyalty network, community and technology platform which enables card issuers and participating merchants to track the spending behaviour and profile of its frequent customers," said Wong.

Today WorldCard has membership in excess of 2.2 million throughout Asia with a loyalty network of 430 third party merchants and more than 2,000 outlets in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

"Today's shoppers are more discerning and expect more than just a shopping experience, they would like to have a total lifestyle. And 1Borneo caters to them the correct successful ingredient," he said.

Wong said they are targeting 10,000 members and 30,000 members per month for the Prestige and Trendy (meant for teenagers) category, respectively, while up to 150,000 per year for the Tourist category.

He also announced that the construction of the 1Borneo hypermall is expected to be completed on schedule end of this year and operational early next year. The rest including the underwater world which is now developed by a group from Shanghai in China will be opening in stages.

Ng although it is the first time they have such a collaboration with a integrated property developer in East Malaysia they have actually had the same with such developers in the peninsula.

He felt the alliance is important for both parties because collectively 1Borneo would have about 1.5 million potential clients while Genting has about 2.2 million.

"I believe Malaysia actually has a lot to offer in terms of tourism," he said, adding their theme park at Genting is expected to receive about 20 million visitors this year.

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hi there ol ...actually i berminat on developement things in sabah so i would like to know anyone got the new picture for kkia t1 expansion and the jesselton waterfront ???

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A friend of mine dropped by the Kapasi's office at Tanjung Aru just last week. Apart from Parkson, they were pretty tight-lipped about who else they had signed up. They didn't even have any layouts available of Phase 2 which they said would be opened in 2010.
just go to the and then click on "the mall" hyperlink... the you can see the kk times square phase 2 rendering and the layout of course.......
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