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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Irda plans more theme parks in Iskandar Malaysia

Latest attraction: (From left) Muhammad Zainal Ashikin, Tunku Datuk Ahmad Burhanuddin, Datuk Ismail Ibrahim and Datuk Mohd Nor Khalid at the briefing. — Bernama

JOHOR BARU: Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) is looking at having more theme parks in Iskandar Malaysia.

Chief executive officer Datuk Ismail Ibrahim said the development of the new theme parks could be at other zones in Iskandar and not necessarily in Nusajaya.

“It will be better to have different theme parks to cater to different segments of visitors rather than just having one or two in our development,'' he said.

Ismail was speaking at a briefing on the RM115mil Puteri Harbour Indoor Theme Park@Nusajaya.

Nusajaya is one of the five flagship development zones in Iskandar's 2,217-sq-km region the others are JB City Centre, Eastern Gate Development Zone, Western Gate Development Zone and Senai-Kulai.

Also present at the event were the theme park operator Theme Attractions and Resorts Sdn Bhd (TAR) managing director and chief executive officer Tunku Datuk Ahmad Burhanuddin, chief development officer Muhammad Zainal Ashikin and famous cartoonist Datuk Mohd Nor Khalid, better known as Lat.

TAR is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Bhd formed in June 2009 to develop, manage and operate theme parks and attractions in Malaysia.

“Florida in the United States is the best example where there is a collection of several theme parks attracting different sets of visitors,'' Ismail said.

He said while Legoland Malaysia Theme Park and Puteri Harbour Theme Park catered for children, it would be good to have a theme park that catered for adults.

Ismail said the existing and the new theme parks in Iskandar should offer a wholesome fun and entertainment for the whole family.

The RM750mil Legoland Malaysia is the first Legoland in Asia. Built on a 23ha site in Medini, Nusajaya, it is a joint venture between Merlin Entertainment Groups and Khazanah's 60%-owned Iskandar Investment Bhd.

Legoland Malaysia will open its doors to visitors on Sept 15 while Puteri Harbour Theme Park in November.

By The Star

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