27 Feb '11, 4am

Malaysia set for Asia's first Legoland next year

Malaysia set for Asia's first Legoland next year

JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia - Asia's first Legoland theme park is on track to open next year in southern Malaysia, its builder said, as the region goes all out to lure tourists with a series of big ticket attractions. Earthmovers have flattened a vast expanse of oil palm-covered hills to make way for the 31-hectare Legoland Malaysia, one of the main attractions of a new city and economic zone called Iskandar Malaysia. The park, which will offer 40 rides, shows and displays of the famous Lego toy bricks of Denmark, is just across a waterway from Singapore, which opened Southeast Asia's first Universal Studios entertainment complex in 2010. Zainal Ashikin Muhammad, chief executive of IDR Resorts, the builder of Legoland Malaysia, said the new park will complement Universal Studios Singapore rather than compete with it for custom. "Is there a saturation of theme parks? In this regi...

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