100 Storey Tower Catalyst Tourism Growth
GUA MUSANG Oct 16 – The Tourism Ministry welcomed the proposal to construct a 100-storey tower as announced in the 2011 Budget by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in Parliament yesterday.
Its minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said the tourism sector would flourish with the tower as it would attract tourists to Malaysia.
“It will not only be beneficial to the tourism industry, but also for the domestic trade sector.
“Malaysians should take this suggestion positively because this 100-storey tower is for the good of the country,” she told reporters at the MCA elections operation room here today.
In the announcement yesterday, Permodalan Nasional Berhad would spearhead an integrated project worth RM5 billion, involving a 100-storey building that is expected to be ready by 2020.
Commenting on the matter, Ng said there had been protests against building the Petronas Twin Towers in 1996, but now its proven to be an icon and tourist attraction for the country.
“We can build it as we have the capacity for such structures. Look at Shanghai (China), they start with a tower and keep adding more, the same goes for Taipei,” she said.
She added that Malaysia has taken a brave step towards being competitive and the tower will open more windows for domestic trade, as well as attract more foreign investors to occupy the building.