Fully open theme park on the cards

THE Mentri Besar has lauded the move to terminate the licence agreement between Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) and DreamWorks Animation LLC, as all rides and attractions in the theme park can eventually be open to visitors now.

Ahmad Faizal Azumu said the thought of cooperating with other parties came to mind when he first visited MAPS.

“There was a zone that was already completed but remained inoperable because of intellectual property (IP) restrictions. It was ready to be open to visitors.

“I believe the decision made by the management of MAPS will allow them to fully open the theme park’s attractions.

“For now, the attractions in MAPS are quite limited and visitors do not feel it was worth the price of the ticket,” he told reporters after opening the 43rd annual general meeting of the Perak branch of Peninsula Malaysia Village Chieftains and Wardens Union in Ipoh.

When asked if the ticket prices would be lowered in the future, Ahmad Faizal said it should be reduced to increase the number of visitors and boost merchandise sales.

Last week, Animation Theme Park (ATP), which operates MAPS, discontinued the licence agreement to open DreamWorks attractions in its park.

State subsidiary Perak Corp Bhd, which owns ATP, had in a filing to Bursa Malaysia on the same day that ATP would write off RM15.74mil following the termination of the licence agreement with DreamWorks.

This is because both parties did not reach an agreement to open the Dream Zone to the public by Aug 1.

MAPS had its soft opening for public access on June 26 last year without DreamWorks attractions.

The opening of Dream Zone had been delayed four to five times.

ATP had the option to extend the licence agreement to Sept 30, but decided against it to accelerate the full opening of MAPS.

MAPS chief executive officer Shafeii Abdul Ghaffor also reportedly said the theme park would have more freedom to expand, as well as conduct its marketing and promotion activities following the termination of its licence agreement with DreamWorks.

Ahmad Faizal also noted that the state administration has been in discussion with several new players to bring in new attractions to MAPS.

“We are talking to a few new players after expressing interest in cooperation. I believe they are doing their due diligence and will come back to us in time.

“I am confident that we will find a favourable partnership with the private sector on this,” he added.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Faizal said the state Fire and Rescue Service Department has been directed to investigate the fire which occurred at the SM Agama Maahad Al-Islah in Teluk Intan on Thursday.

“Parents must be mindful about the school building’s safety.

“I was informed that it was the third time the tahfiz school caught fire and something must not be right, although no casualty has been reported so far.

“The school will be inspected by the authorities for further action and face possible closure if it is certified unsafe,” he said, adding that the state government would also extend aid to the school.

In an unrelated matter, Ahmad Faizal, who is also Chenderiang state assemblyman and Tambun MP, said he had not been to his constituencies after he became Mentri Besar.

He was responding to a question about people from Chenderiang and Tambun lamenting that they do not see their elected representative on the ground often.

“Focusing on the overall people’s issues while delivering Pakatan Harapan’s election manifesto is my focus for now.

“I admit I only went back twice to Chenderiang for programmes with the people there.

“I still go back to Tambun everyday as I am living there.

“But I realise it will be useless if I keep mingling with my constituents without delivering on promises,” he said, adding that two officers had been placed in both places to help serve the people.

Source : The Star Online

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