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Eyeing a new KL icon

PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor is hoping to make the Eye on Malaysia ferris wheel a permanent fixture here, where the icon will stand tall and proud alongside the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) and the KL Tower.

Realising how popular the tourist attraction by the Titiwangsa Lake has become over the past year, the Tourism Minister plans to keep it there, with the help of City Hall.

"When we were planning to bring in the facility for the Visit Malaysia Year 2007, I was told that the projected number of visitors was 300,000. However, by September, some one million people had visited the Eye on Malaysia.

"This shows visitors are attracted to it and it would be a good idea to have it as a permanent fixture for tourists. However, we will have to discuss this with City Hall as the site where the wheel is located belongs to the authority," he said.

Speaking to reporters after presenting cash to students who excelled in their UPSR (Ujian Pernilaian Sekolah Rendah) and PMR (Penilaian Menengah Rendah) examinations on Tuesday, Tengku Adnan said the ministry would manage the facility and would be holding discussions with City Hall on the matter.

He said apart from having City Hall agree to the site being used for Eye on Malaysia, several other matters needed to be sorted out, including the dispersal of traffic and basic facilities such as parking and toilets.

"We will also have to look into the concerns voiced by people residing nearby. Their complaints are mostly about the traffic so we have to find a way to solve this.

"Having the Eye on Malaysia permanently will be good for the tourism industry. We hope to work out something so that it remains here," he said, adding that in the meantime, the facility would be available until August.

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