MELAKA: The historical city of Melaka has come a long way from a “sleepy hollow” to become one of the world's 100 most resilient cities.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said this was evident from the booming developments taking place in the state.
“Melaka has changed so much and well-developed that on weekends, it experiences traffic congestions.
“When I was onboard the electric bus from my hotel, I could see not only the Melaka Gateway development project, but also the Melaka Impression.
“I also saw various new retail outlets bustling with business activities,” he said in his speech before officiating the Gen-Y Green The City at Dataran 1 Malaysia, Klebang here today.
To complement the rising growth of the state, Najib said the government has approved the construction elevated exchanges which would ease traffic congestions in the state.
“I have approved (the construction of) two elevated exchanges requested by the Chief Minister (Datuk Seri Idris Haron) at the city centre.
“The RM350 million project is expected to be completed by next year,” he said.
He also commended the well-maintained Melaka River Cruise which was the brainchild of former Melaka Chief Minister Tan Sri Mohd Ali Rustam and continued to be supported by Idris.
Najib also said the High-Speed Rail (HSR) linking Malaysia to Singapore was a product planned ahead for the future generation which is slated for completion in 2022.
“Can you imagine arriving to Melaka from Singapore in just an hour? Melaka will be one of the (HSR) transit stations.
“There will be a change of lifestyle in Melaka and the prices of land will increase due to increasing demand from outsiders,” he said.
He also lauded Melaka for being recognised as one of the world’s 100 resilient cities as endorsed by the Rockefeller Foundation.