Prasarana Hands Over Langkawi Cable Car Back to LADA
After nearly a decade and bringing joy to millions of tourists worldwide, Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana) has officially handed back the operations of Langkawi cable car services at Gunung Machinchang to Langkawi Development Authority (LADA); selling off its subsidiary Panorama Langkawi to the development authority.
The handing over was formalized on Tuesday in Langkawi with Prasarana Group Managing Director Datuk Shahril Mokhtar signing an agreement to sell off its shares in Panorama Langkawi to Lada Eco Tourism Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of LADA to facilitate the change in ownership. The company was represented at the signing ceremony by its Chief Executive Officer Tan Sri Khalid Ramli.
Commenting on the hand-over, Shahril said: “It was indeed an emotional; but proud moment for me and Prasarana … We have put in our best efforts for Panorama Langkawi and help build the company and made it what it is today.
“Through Panorama Langkawi, we have helped put the island and Langkawi Cable Car in particular on the world. For that, I would like to congratulate my team at Prasarana and also to now my ex staff at Panorama Langkawi.
Prasarana was appointed by LADA to take over the operations of the Langkawi cable car services from Machinchang Skyways on November 30, 2002; bringing in its expertise to run the business. A year later, Prasarana set up Panorama Langkawi as a special vehicle to manage the operations and business.
Shahril added: “I hope they will continue their good work and continue to build this iconic company. The cable car services have grown to become the focus of Langkawi tourism attraction.
“No trip to Langkawi is complete if you don’t go up to Gunung Machinchang. Our attachment to Panorama Langkawi is quite unique as it is the only segment not related to public transport,” Shahril said in reference to its other business which deals with the operations of LRT, monorail and buses.
In his comments, Khalid has assured that LADA would strive to ensure that Cable Car continues to be world iconic product embarking on continuous improvement in order to provide exhilarating experience to the visitors.
During its 10-year of managing the cable car services, Panorama Langkawi had been accorded various awards and accolades including Tourism Malaysia award for Most Outstanding Tourism
Product 2010; Malaysia Book of Records for The Longest Free Span Single Rope Cable Car with 919.5m in total length; Prix Acier Awards for Outstanding Construction, Architectural Quality and Technical Proficiency of Steel Works in 2005; and Footbridge Awards 2005 as the Winner for Technology Longest Span.
Currently, the cable car has an average monthly ridership of 70,000 and rapidly growing every year. In view of its popularity, Panorama Langkawi had since 2011, extended its cable car operations to 10pm during weekends, public and school holidays.
The cable car connects a base station to the top of the Machinchang Mountain, which stands 360 meters above sea level. Patrons have a choice whether to stop at the Middle Station, which is 1,700 meters upwards from the Base Station; or at the Top Station, which will take visitors to the two viewing platforms at the top of Machincang mountain.
Visitors can enjoy amazing views from the platforms including panoramic views of the Langkawi islands and Southern Thailand as well as dramatic views of the deep chasms, overhangs cliff walls, isolated pinnacles and some caves.
At the Top Station, one can gain access to the SkyBridge, which is suspended from an 82m high single pylon and hangs at about 100m above ground. It swings out over the landscape to give visitors a unique spatial experience, and to bring them into otherwise unattainable locations, above virgin jungle with spectacular views.
For details, contact Prasarana Media Affairs Manager Azhar Ghazali at 019-3837865 or Haliza Abd Hamid at 019-2210058.