KUCHING: Kemasukan pelancong ke Sarawak meningkat sebanyak 7.2 peratus tahun lepas berbanding tahun sebelumnya kata Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Lembaga Pelancongan Sarawak (STB) Datuk Rashid Khan.Beliau memberitahu, jumlah kemasukan pelancong ke Sarawak mencatat peningkatan yang amat memberangsangkan iaitu sebanyak 4.07 juta pada 2012 berbanding tahun sebelumnya.
“Untuk kemasukan pelancong asing sahaja ia meningkat 12.4 peratus daripada jumlah keseluruhan pelancong tahun lepas hasil promosi, program dan aktiviti yang kita adakan di negeri ini,” katanya.
Beliau berkata demikian ketika berucap pada Program Apresiasi Media Berbasikal di Sama Jaya Forest Park, Tabuan di sini semalam.
“Malah, kita turut memulakan tahun ini dengan baik. Dalam laporan awal tahun ini kita telah menerima anugerah perak pada Anugerah HSMAI Adrian 2012 di New York,” tambahnya.
Pada masa yang sama Rashid memberitahu, Festival Muzik Hutan Hujan Sedunia (RWMF) turut mendapat anugerah untuk kali keempat dalam festival antarabangsa sebagai antara 25 yang terbaik pada 2013.
“Ini adalah hasil sokongan para media yang bersama-sama dengan STB mempromosikan keunikan Sarawak,” katanya sambil menambah bahawa STB akan meneruskan kerjasama dengan media di negeri ini.
Sementara itu, Pengarah Urusan Biro Konvensyen Sarawak (SCB) Mike Cannon mempelawa para media di Sarawak untuk turut serta dalam anugerah MICE pada tahun ini.
“Antara hadiah yang bakal dimenangi adalah wang tunai RM12,000,” katanya.
Hadir sama pada majlis itu, Pengarah Operasi Pusat Konvensyen Borneo Kuching (BCCK) Eric Van Piggelen, Pengurus Wilayah Sarawak Forestry Corporation Semilan Ripot dan tetamu kehormat lain.
Dalam program itu pihak media diajak bersama-sama mengayuh basikal di sekitar kawasan Pending untuk menggalakkan atau mempromosikan kawasan itu.
Selain itu, ia bagi merapatkan lagi hubungan STB dan agensi-agensi berkaitan dengan pihak media yang ada di negeri ini.
NEW INVESTMENT: Donald (left) talks to a potential buyer during the soft launch of the D-Valley Mall, Apartment and Hotels at the realty office showroom.
KUCHING: D-Valley Mall, Apartment and Hotels, which is strategically located at Jalan Tun Razak here, will become a true shopping haven upon its completion in 2016.
Situated at the prime city centre area in the midst of rapid commercial and residential development surrounding its catchment area, the modern architecture mall complimented with a seven-storey service apartment and hotel, will be looking to attract medium and above market to suit consumers various financial strength.
Encompassing almost six acres, D-Valley mall offers four designated retail floors occupying approximately a total built-up area of 900,000 square feet (sq ft), about 460,000 sq ft of floor area and a total of 400,000 sq ft area to let out.
The ground floor will accommodate either a hypermarket or supermarket, complimented with various renowned food and beverage outlets facing the main entrance. The food court will be situated on the second floor for the convenience of shoppers. A children amusement park measuring about 12,000 sq ft will be situated at the third floor while some 30,000 sq ft at the fourth floor will accommodate a cinema.
Hotel amenities such as function rooms, fitness/spa centre and poolside will be placed at the fourth levels of the mall. Fifth floor onwards are dedicated to hotel and apartment units totalling 258 rooms. The property is owned by MD Realty & Development Sdn Bhd (MD Realty), a subsidiary of the MD Group of Companies.
“Every aspect of the mall is being meticulously looked into at its planning stage for the past one year. Each floor has proper zoning area so that retail outlets are in order and ensuring the floors are constantly vibrant.
“Negotiations are presently on-going with reputable international and local retail brands, promising a wide spectrum of comprehensive consumer preferences,” Group chairman Donald Lawan told a press conference at MD Realty office here yesterday.
Promising an ideal and convenient shopping environment, the former Bukit Begunan assemblyman said three naturally ventilated basement parking bays for about 1,500 vehicles will be built. Each basement has its own entrance and exits for easy access while avoiding traffic congestion. Entrances are available via Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Wan Alwi and Jalan Chawan.
D-Valley Mall, with its gross development value (GDV) of about RM400 million, will offer investors an opportunity to convert their surplus funds into lucrative tangible investments as owners of a commercial property in a fast appreciating sector.
“Given the tremendous potential for appreciation in value of commercial properties in Kuching, the retail density provided by the existing shopping malls in this city is still much lower than that of other Malaysian cities.
“Investors can expected to benefit whether or not they utilise the shop units they purchase as similar properties in other parts of the country could fetch a much higher commercial value,” Lawan continued.
He assured that the property management will have control of about 70 per cent of the area while the remaining 30 per cent are those who lease back their properties to the mall. Investors will be given a nine-year initial limit so that they could capitalise on the appreciation in value.
A total of 560 units of retail outlets, with size ranging from 114 sq ft to 782 sq ft, are offered for sale at the mall with prices ranging from an affordable RM116,000 onwards per unit. The duration of the strata title is 99 years. Exclusive studio apartment units are available for sale and leased back to the management for 25 years with a guaranteed return of six per cent annually for the first three years. Buyers are also entitled to six-night complimentary stay at the hotel per year. The studio unit apartments are priced from RM290,000.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia now has 30 billionaires, three more than last year, despite a slight drop in the combined wealth of the country’s 40 richest individuals.
Hong Kong-based Robert Kuok remains Malaysia’s richest, despite some eight per cent drop in his fortune to RM45.7 billion.
At number two is T. Ananda Krishnan, whose wealth eased six per cent to RM42.9 billion, but narrowing the gap with Kuok.
Malaysia’s 40 richest were collectively worth RM193.2 billion as of Jan 20, a seven per cent decline from RM206.3 billion a year ago, as the global credit crisis and weak equity markets took a toll on them.
In its Feb 16 issue, Malaysian Business magazine said Public Bank founder Tan Sri Teh Hong Piow kept his third spot relatively intact with a fortune of RM12.6 billion, one per cent lower than a year before.
Despite a 10.8 per cent drop in his worth to RM11.3 billion, plantation firm IOI Corp Bhd’s Tan Sri Lee Shin Cheng maintained his fourth position.
Fifth is Bumiputera entrepreneur Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar AlBukhary of DRB-Hicom group, whose wealth grew by eight per cent to RM9.5 billion.
Hong Leong Group's Tan Sri Quek Leng Chan remained at No. 6 with a 25 per cent decline in value to RM8 billion.
Next was Genting Group's Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, who slipped two rungs down to seventh with RM7.5 billion.
His wealth was down by about 30 per cent while his mother, Puan Sri Lee Kim Hua, widow of Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong, returned to No. 8 with a fortune of RM6.5 billion even though down by some 11 per cent.
Tan Sri Tiong Hiew King of timber and newspaper group Rimbunan Hijau, and Singapore domiciled tycoon Ong Beng Seng, reaffirmed their ninth and 10th spots, respectively.
Tiong's wealth was estimated at RM6.4 billion, while Ong's soared by 23 per cent to RM4.9 billion.
The three newcomers to the list are Datuk A.K. Nathan of Eversendai Corp and Ngau Boon Keat of oil and gas firm Dialog Group, who made it to the billionaire's list for the first time.
Datuk Abdul Hamed Sepawi of timber-based Ta Ann Holdings Bhd also made a comeback after a four-year lapse.
The full list of the 40 tycoons and details of their wealth are in the magazine's Feb 16 issue. It also features the 10 richest tycoons on the ACE market.
(From left) Datuk A.K. Nathan and Ngau Boon Keat are new billionaires in Malaysia. Datuk Abdul Hamed Sepawi (right) returned to the list after a four-year lapse.