GEORGE TOWN, Dec 19 – The official launching of the tallers Rainbow Skywalk in South East Asia and together with Penang’s first largest indoor theme attraction by Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who was represented by Minister of Tourism & Culture Malaysia YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri, and accompany by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng this morning.
Also present were the chairman of Only World Group (OWG) Y.M Dato’ Dr. Tengku Rethwan bin Tungku Mansor; Founder and CEO of OWG Y.Bhg. Dato’ Sri Richard Koh as well as Group Chief Operating Officer of OWG Dato’ Jean Koh. YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri express his optimism that the TOP will not only provide an additional reason for local and international tourist to put Penang on their must-visit list but also become a key contributor to the state’s economy.
“I will get my ministry and Tourism Malaysia to introduce The Top in our programmes and calendar. It is a must-visit destination for visitors. I have always said Penang has much to offer – the sea, sand, food, heritage and the sky,” he said in a press conference after the launch of the island’s new tourist attraction.
The Top, Southeast Asia’s highest skywalk, with the largest indoor theme attraction. The “Window of The Top with the Rainbow Skywalk” that includes a Rainbow Skywalk on Komtar’s rooftop and an Observatory Deck on Level 68 offer a 360 degree view of the Unesco World Heritage City and gives visitors a bird’s eye view of George Town, Penang Hill and mainland Seberang Prai.
In the meanwhile, other attractions include the Jurassic Research Centre with over 200 life-sized prehistoric creatures, Asia’s first 7D Discovery Motion Theater and the Ocean Explorer which allows the visitor to experience life in the ocean without getting wet.
There are several attractions that pay homage to Penang’s heritage and culture as well, namely the Penang State Gallery, Tongkat Ali King centre and Durian The King of Fruits showcase, a grand ballroom, The Top View Restaurant and Lounge, Coco Cabana Bar and Bistro, Japan Food Street and other food outlets. Nazri praised Only World Group (OWG), the company behind turning Komtar into a new tourist destination in Penang, and said, “The place was abandoned for years and it was such a waste.”
He said The Top would breathe new life into the state and the iconic Komtar, which served as a reminder of the legacy of the late second chief minister of Penang Dr Lim Chong Eu. In additional, Mohamed Nazri said the federal government was committed to assist in upgrading the funicular train car service to Bukit Bendera (Penang Hill), which is a top tourist spot, to a cable car service to meet current and future needs.
He said the upgrade was necessary as there had been a tremendous growth in visitors to Bukit Bendera, from 200,000 in 2008 to 1.6 million now. He also said that it is why in my ministry’s allocations, each year a sum is set aside for this service. He added that Bukit Bendera certainly needs a cable car service to cater to the ever increasing number of visitors.