MALACCA, Jan 11 — The Malacca State Government and its agencies will upgrade and build several new buildings in the town centre to set up the Hang Tuah Trade Centre in a bid to boost economic activities in the area.
Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Idris Haron, said the 30- 40-hectare project will be in the vicinity of Jalan Hang Tuah, Jalan Tun Ali, Pengkalan Rama and Kampung Morten.
“The development is expected to take about five years and the re-development of the Hang Tuah area with various socio-economic activities will contribute to the local community and the state.
“The institution of higher learning that has been built in the area will be maintained because we also wanted to set up a university town with many institutions of higher learning,” he told reporters here today.
He said this after the ground-breaking ceremony for the Yayasan Melaka building at Jalan Tun Ali here today.
Also present was General Manager of Yayasan Melaka.
Idris said all buildings owned by Chief Minister Department, especially in Jalan Hang Tuah, would be upgraded to meet the standards of developed nations.
He said in line with this, the state government urged developers keen to develop the Hang Tuah Trade Centre to send their proposals to the state government for considerations.
Meanwhile, he said, the development of Yayasan Melaka’s RM120 million 25-storey, which would take two-and-a-half years, would serve as a catalyst in the development of the Hang Tuah Trade Centre.
“The building, with ginger flower concept, will have four levels as offices and the rest will be a hotel with 252 rooms,” he said.
He said the hotel would provide the Malacca Foundation an opportunity to generate income during school holidays.