New skyscraper beside Twin Towers riles tourism operators

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PETALING JAYA: Malaysian tourism operators have taken umbrage at the rise of a 77-storey structure built by contractors from China near the iconic Petronas Twin Towers.

They say the Four Seasons Place is obstructing the view towards the renowned national landmark which draws visitors from across the world.

The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) also disagreed with approval given for such a tall project to be erected in Kuala Lumpur’s prestigious golden triangle so close to the twin skyscrapers.

“It should not have happened and been approved in the first place,” Matta president Tan Kok Liang was quoted as saying in a report by Channel NewsAsia today.

“Our Twin Towers are an iconic tourist attraction – they should not be blocked at all,” he said.

“Tourists want to have a nice view and take photos of the Twin Towers, once the tallest building in the world.”

Built by contractor China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) and under developer Venus Assets Sdn Bhd, the Four Seasons Place is expected to be completed early next year.

During the “topping out” ceremony for the building on May 26, Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz had heaped praise on the project, reportedly saying it would further cement the good ties between Malaysia and China under the latter’s “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) initiative.

“We are happy that Malaysia at last has a Four Seasons hotel and residency,” he was quoted as saying by The Star.

“I was told that there are only 10 in the world and this is the fourth which is similar to that found in Hong Kong,” he said.

The New Straits Times (NST) reported on June 8 that at a height of 342.5 metres, the Four Seasons Place would be the second tallest building in the city centre. In comparison, the 88-storey Petronas Twin Towers are 451.9 metres in height.

The new building will offer a 300,000 sq ft retail mall, 242 branded residential units and the 240-key hotel, with a gross development value of RM3 billion.

Almost 70% of the residences have been taken up by local and foreign buyers from Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan since the launch in 2013, the NST report said.