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Melaka Planetarium to get new building costing RM200 mln 

Last Update: 21/11/2018

MELAKA, Nov 21 (Bernama) -- Melaka Planetarium will be getting a new RM200 million building with the concept of Galaxy World Melaka as the existing building is found to be not safe for operation, says State Tourism, Heritage, and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Muhammad Jailani Khamis.

He said the initiative in cooperation of a private company was also aimed at giving a fresh breath and new image in the operation of the planetarium located at Melaka International Trade Centre area to attract more visitors to the state.

He said the Melaka Planetarium which would also be given a new name as well as being complemented with various other attractions such as Snow World and Galaxy World with technologies from abroad, was expected to be completed in two years.

“The Melaka Planetarium building was actually ordered to be closed as the building was deemed not safe as its surrounding infrastructure had not been properly maintained and could endanger visitors and employees.

"Apart from that, it has been a white elephant of the previous government which is not profitable to the state government as it was incurring losses every month. Its objective is good but its implementation is not,” he told reporters here today.

Yesterday, Bernama reported a section of the plaster ceiling in the exhibition hall of Melaka Planetarium collapsed during a heavy rain and storm in Ayer Keroh here which caused the premises to the closed immediately as a safety measure.

The RM20 million Melaka Planetarium was opened to the public on Aug 10 2009.

Commenting further, Muhammad Jailani said the initiative would be implemented as soon as the existing building was demolished.

Meanwhile, State Works, Transportation and Public Utilities Committee chairman, Datuk Mohd Sofi Abdul Wahab said initial investigation conducted by the State Works Department (JKR) on the incident at Melaka Planetarium yesterday found a wall measuring 5 metres by 7 metres had collapsed before it knocked down the the hanging plaster ceiling in the exhibition hall of the centre.

He said it was feared three more brick walls of the same measurement in the section might fall if preventive measures were not carried out.

“Detailed forensic investigation and study will be carried out by JKR headquarters soon to identify the source of incident and the report is expected to be ready in a week before any further action is taken,” he said after an inspection of Melaka Planetarium today.



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