SHAH ALAM, 21 Mar: A monorail that often breaks down and a car museum with only three Proton cars. That is the situation of the two tourism projects in Malacca that has been boasted about by the Umno-BN leaders of the state, said the Keadilan Youth Wing (AMK) Chief, Shamsul Iskandar Mat Akin.
Shamsul Iskandar also claims that the Malacca International Airport (MIA) is only used by two aeroplanes. While the archaeological animal park “Jurassic Park” built at a cost of RM200 million is feared to become another white elephant project.
“Datuk Seri Ali Rustam wanted to create a Jurassic Park-style animal park worth RM200 million. Now, they are in debt of about RM800 million.
“What advantages and benefits will the people receive?The people do not really want to see these dinosaurs,” he said in a Pakatan Rakyat (PR) talk in Bukit Piatu, Malacca yesterday.
He explained that PR is not against development but they want every project to be planned and implemented for the benefit of the people.
What is questionable, he said, is that everything that has been carried out by the Malacca Government so far has not brought about positive development, instead it has brought loss to the state.
“Many of the projects bring about losses. Ali Rustam said the monorail project is good but it has broken down 27 times. The Air Keroh car museum only showcases three cars. Even those are Proton cars,” he claimed.
On 25 February this year, Malacca Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Rustam announces the construction of the “Jurassic Park” as a tourist attraction.
Mohd Ali said that the park will showcase 200 species of dinosaurs using hydraulic and electronic methods.
The “Jurassic Park” will be built adjacent to another theme park, the Malacca Sea World, and involves an area of 12.1 hectares which will be jointly implemented by Yayasan Melaka and a private company, Eden Incorporation Berhad.