Hatten Land to develop RM200mil water theme park in Melaka
Singapore’s Hatten Land intends to jointly build a RM200 million water themepark in Melaka in collaboration with resort operator Samsung C&T Corp and Polin Waterparks, the designer and installer of water slides. Named Splash World @ Harbour City, the four-storey water park spanning 500,000 sf is expected to complete construction by end 2019 and be open to the public in 1H20. It will be located on the 14th floor deck of Harbour City@Melaka, a mixed development in the centre of World Heritage city between two 30-storey towers. Once completed, the park will offer both an indoor and outdoor waterpark experience with over 1km of water slides and over 50 attractions including 11 extreme slides, a Sky Beach, and a dedicated children’s water play park. (The Edge Markets)

Reclaimed islands will boost Penang’s economy and land bank
The reclamation of three islands to finance the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) will add value to the state’s investments, said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow. Chow said the three proposed islands, on the south of Penang island, went beyond improving the state’s transport system as it would significantly boost the state’s economy by beefing up its land bank. He added that although there is plenty of land on the mainland, most of it is privately owned and the state government cannot afford to buy it over. “The three islands were needed so that the existing Penang airport can have its runway expanded, besides offering a larger area for industries to grow and boosting the state’s land bank,” said Chow. (The Star Online)

No development in Taman Rimba Kiara, says minister
Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad said today the high-end residential development at Taman Rimba Kiara (TRK) will not take place if it meant developing part of the park. Residents in TTDI had expressed their unhappiness over the project embarked by Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan. “The issues of the dispute concern the exact location of the TRK and whether the proposed development takes up the part of the land or vice versa,” he said. The proposed development involves the building of eight blocks of 42- and 52-storey high-end serviced apartments and a 30–storey affordable housing block. (Malay Mail Online)

Residents of two Ipoh villages want 20-year housing promise fulfilled
Residents of Kampung Dewan Bandaraya Ipoh (DBI) and Kampung Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) want the state government to make good its promise 20 years ago to build them new houses. The residents had submitted memorandums several times to the state government since the tenure of Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib as the mentri besar. The residents had been staying in the place before Independence, but were forced to move in 1997. Since 1999, various promises to build housing were given by each successive mayor, but were never materialised. (Malay Mail Online)

AirAsia seeks lower taxes at Melaka airport
Low-cost carrier AirAsia is willing to fly to international and domestic routes from the Batu Berendam International Airport here if tax relief is given, said Melaka Chief Minister Adly Zahari. The airline hopes airport taxes and other passengers charges would be discounted to enable flight operators to turn the international airport into a regional transportation hub. AirAsia as well as other airlines willing to service various routes but the taxes which are the same as in other international airports in the country are a deterrent. It is hoped that the Transport Ministry will grant the Melaka airport the same status as Langkawi Airport, where there are incentives for airlines. Current infrastructure at the airport could accommodate moderate-sized aircraft and passenger management. (The Star Online)