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Thursday, December 9, 2010

RM1bil investment in Langkawi resort

Khazanah in joint-venture deal under master development plan

LANGKAWI: Khazanah Nasional Bhd, the investment holdings arm of the Government, expects to invest RM1bil with its partners between now and 2014 to develop Teluk Datai in Langkawi.

Peremba (M) Sdn Bhd director of development John Ballantyne (right) briefing Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during a tour of the Teluk Datai Resorts development. Accompanying them are Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar (left) and Peremba executive chairman Tan Sri Razali Rahman (second left).

Managing director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar said the development would be done through Teluk Datai master development plan and Khazanah would get involved via its investee company Teluk Datai Resorts Sdn Bhd.

Under this master plan, we will re-invest in the existing hotels in Teluk Datai and investment in select pieces of earmarked land in an environmentally sensitive manner, he said yesterday at the launch of the master plan.

The plan was launched by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak

In July, the group acquired 70% stake in Teluk Datai Resorts, which owns The Datai Langkawi hotel, The Golf Club, Datai Bay and 1,494 acres at Teluk Datai.

The remaining 30% interest in Teluk Datai Resorts are held by Tan Sri Razali Rahman and Datuk Hassan Abas through Archipelago Hotels (East) Sdn Bhd.

Azman said Khazanah's investment in Teluk Datai Resorts was in line with the Government's efforts to drive the economy upwards under the Economic Transformation Plan.

It is also consistent with the key thrust of the New Economic Model of moving Malaysia towards a high income economy, supported by high-skilled local labour force and sustainable products and services and embodies the spirit of collaboration and partnership between the public and private sector, he said.

The first of the projects under the plan was to enhance The Datai Langkawi hotel through the development of 14 luxury villas, expected to be completed in the first quarter 2012.

Teluk Datai Resorts had also commenced reviewing the realignment of The Golf Club, Datai Bay to upgrade the golf course and also enable the land to be optimised for beachfront development, targeted for completion in the third quarter of 2012.

At the event yesterday, Teluk Datai Resorts also signed a head of agreement with Shangri-La Hotels (M) Bhd for the establishment of a joint-venture company (51% would be owned by Teluk Datai Resorts) to develop a 5-star resort there that would later be managed by Shangri-La Int Hotel Management Ltd under the Shangri-La brand.

It was expected that there would be another premium 6-star hotel and a selection of premium villas for sale in Teluk Datai.

To preserve the environment during the development, Teluk Datai Resorts has engaged Camco South East Asia to undertake a sustainability study.

It also announced that the group had adopted Sekolah Kebangsaan Ewa as part of its corporate social responsibility initiatives.

By The Star

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