Searching for a spot…
Weekend at Banda Hilir as usual, crowded. With new building coming soon such as hotel and commercial lots, you can imagine the jammed pack traffic when all are in place. But State government already have a plan to divert the traffic jammed near future with proposed new public transport like aero rail. I am a bit late that Sunday to the MATTA fair Melaka chapter organized at Dataran Pahlawan Megamall concourse area, so zero parking available. The nearest parking space available is at the Equatorial hotel basement parking. With no 2nd thought we straight away to the Equatorial.
Happy Kid and a Hectic mom…
I will bring my kids along if can when working in the holiday and my daughter is very excited to come along with me. Just be extra cautious because kids at her ages are extra active running here and there. Malaysia Association of Tour & Travel Agents (MATTA) will organize their fair that bring tour operator and travel agents in one roof anually. You can find a good deals of travel package by visiting the MATTA Fair. I can see travel agencies from MACAU and Taiwan also coming at this year MATTA fair at Dataran Pahlawan.
Some of the booth at MATTA
Remembering back in the old days when I was a kid, Dataran Pahlawan is actually a historical field. The field was called Padang Banda Hilir or Banda Hilir Field. In 1957, this field was used to gather all the people when the leader at that time Tunku Abdul Rahman (1903-1990) announce the Malaysian Independence from British. Then the field is used by public and nearby school for sport activities. Padang Banda Hilir trade mark was the Bullock Cart. At that time only in Banda Hilir you can get a Bullock Cart Ride for a small pay and it was well known nationally.
Old time Melaka, Bullock cart is like a Bus at that time..
Now Padang Banda Hilir is replaced by Dataran Pahlawan with modern Shopping Complex and international retail chain Carrefour. There is still a field situated at the top of the shopping complex. The Bullock Cart operation also moved to Ayer Keroh for sanitary reason. Public used the field to relax with families, flying small kites and jog around. Occasionally the field will be used for event and promotion by government and private companies.
Move it Meals…
Weekend at Banda Hilir is still fruitful from the old time till now. With new attraction, you will never get boring visited this place. Sometimes we just came here to eat Donuts although other place also have Donuts 😉
Ohh here is some news article about the future Melaka public transport..
February 27, 2008 23:37 PM
Melaka To Have Aerorail System
MELAKA, Feb 27 (Bernama) — Melaka is to have a RM1.8 billion Aerorail urban mass transit system, the first in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, which will be completed by 2010.
The Aerorail system will be built, operated and managed by Pyramid Express Sdn Bhd while the technical and project management support will be provided by Pinggiran Pelangi Sdn Bhd, the local agent of Aerobus International of Houston, USA.
Pyramid Express managing director Datuk Lim Sue Beng said today the company expects to earn RM600,000 a month from the operation of the aerorail system when it goes into service.
He said the aerorail will be built in two phases and the construction work will start within six months with a capital investment of RM586 million, while the second phase will cost RM807 million.
“For the moment, the second phase will only start after the repayment of the cost of the first phase is completed,” he said after the ground-breaking ceremony for the first Aerorail Hotel and Station at Lebuh Ayer Keroh here.
Lim said the first phase will cover a distance of 9.565 km, which will include the construction of 10 station hotels.
In the second phase, another 8.77 km with an additional three stations will be built.
The system will cover a distance of 18.4 km. The route begins near the Ayer Keroh toll plaza and will proceed to Melaka Zoo, Melaka International Trade Centre, Melaka Mall, Melaka General Hospital, Melaka Sentral, Hang Tuah Mall, across the river to the Clock Tower and ends at the Mahkota Medical Centre in Bandar Hilir.
Upon the completion of the aerorail system, there will be 10 stations with 10 250-room 4-star hotels.
Lim said the company is investing RM500 million in the hotels.
Melaka chief minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Mohd Rustam, who performed the ground breaking ceremony, said the entire project is expected to create more than 5,000 job opportunities for the local population as well as economic benefits to local businesses.
“The Aerorail will also be a tourist attraction for both local and international visitors as it will be the only one in this region.
“In addition, it will be a convenient and efficient transport system for the benefit of the local population,” he said.
Mohd Ali said the Aerorail will be a welcome boost for Melaka as it will not only reduce traffic congestion and pollution but also cater to the increasing tourist population, which is expected to reach more than eight million in 2010 from the 5.7 million last year.