Melaka River International Festival 2014 Starts This May 22

Last update: 14/05/2014

MELAKA, May 14 (Bernama) -- Eleven world class events will be among 80 activities being organised during the one-month long Melaka River International Festival 2014 which starts this May 22.

Malacca River and Coastal Development (PPSM) chief executive, Baharom Majid said these events included a remote boat control competition and Melaka River international seminar.

He said among the events that were expected to attract the people's attention was the international dragon boat race, which would be participated by 50 groups from 25 countries, including Hong Kong, China, Brunei, South Africa and England.

"This competition will start on May 31 and participants will row for 200 metres from Melaka river mouth to vie for the Melaka Tuan Yang Terutama trophy," he told a media conference here Wednesday.

On that day, Baharom said spectators would also have the opportunity to witness 50 decorated boats competition at the opening of the festival at the Melaka River Square at 8.30 pm on May 31.

"We are aiming for about 20,000 people at the festival's opening ceremony and 1.2 million during the one-month long festival that ends on June 22," he said.

Free boat service would also be provided for those, who parked their vehicles at Taman Rempah starting from 6 pm, he added.