Offload MAPS to stem further losses, state government advised
Last Update: 03/12/2018
IPOH, Dec 3 (Bernama) – Aulong state assemblyman, Nga Kor Ming, suggested during the state legislative assembly sitting today that Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) be sold to reduce the state government’s financial burden.
He said the theme park should be offloaded via open tender so that it can be run by those with the ability to generate profits.
“The state government hasn’t the time nor the expertise to run it, therefore I humbly recommend the theme park be sold to stop the debt from growing.
“This is in line with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's advice that government should not be involved in business. It should instead facilitate, not frustrate,” said Nga, who is also Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker, in a press conference following the sitting.
A project by Perak Corporation Bhd, MAPS opened its doors to the public in June 2016.
Since then, according to Nga, it has had just 120,000 visitors, far short of the two million targeted per year by the previous administration.
“The state government is trying to save MAPS, but from the report I’ve received, the best thing to do is to stop losses.
“If we don’t, we will suffer … If they give it to a private company, they will make money just like the Lost World of Tambun and Sunway Lagoon, because they are in this line,'' the DAP Perak deputy chairman said.