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Sandakan’s First Modern Lifestyle Mall Enhances the City’s Tourism Attraction


Sandakan, Sabah – 16 July 2012: Harbour Mall opens its door for business following today’s open house in Sandakan Harbour Square. This is Sandakan’s FIRST air-conditioned modern lifestyle mall offering unparalleled shopping, dining and leisure experiences – all under ONE ROOF. Predicted to be the next shopping haven in Sabah, Harbour Mall kicked off with much excitement with a large scale PC Fair which runs from 16 to 22 July 2012.


Located in Sandakan’s new Central Business District, this harbour shopping mall is the first-of-its-kind to front the coastal shores of Sandakan Bay. Amidst gastronomic and shopping indulgences, Harbour Mall promises ultimate convenience with 978 covered parking bays and a valet parking service.
Harbour Mall is part of Sandakan Harbour Square, an award-winning urban renewal project with GDV worth approximately RM510 million (USD170 million). Developed by ICSD Ventures Sdn Bhd (a subsidiary of London-listed Aseana Properties Limited), together with joint venture partner Sandakan Municipal Council, Sandakan Harbour Square is managed by Ireka Development Management Sdn Bhd (a subsidiary of Ireka Corporation Berhad).


“The Sandakan Harbour Square project as a whole has provided social rejuvenation to Sabah’s second largest city, Sandakan, by creating a lot of employment and business opportunities,” said Datuk Ir. James Wong, President of Sandakan Municipal Council. “Now with the opening of Harbour Mall will definitely complement Sandakan’s position as a famous eco-tourism destination in the region,” he added.
Harbour Mall’s anchor tenant, Parkwell Departmental Store and Supermarket is one of the most successful departmental stores in East Malaysia. The Selera Sandakan Food Court occupies 11,000 sq ft and there is a 6,000 sq ft area for the entertainment and games centre. Other reputable brands include McDonald’s, Levi’s, Gintell, GNC, The Body Shop, Tomei Gold & Jewellery, Aza Jewelleries, Guardian, Watsons, SN Mutiara, SOG, Jeff Eyewear Space, Bazaar Street, Cars International, Peace Collection, Frico, and Cool City.


To kick start the excitement, there will be a Shop ń Win Bonanza campaign from now till end December 2012 to reward Harbour Mall shoppers with prizes worth RM300,000 in total. With minimum spending of just RM50 (in a single receipt), shoppers can spin the Lucky Wheel and take home attractive gift items. Not only that, they are also in the running to win monthly lucky draw items worth RM1,000 each.


“We are confident that Harbour Mall will be the centre of pride and enjoyment for local Sandakanians and tourists alike, as this modern and impressive building is set to be a new iconic landmark in the town’s central business district,” said Mr Lai Voon Hon, Managing Director of ICSD Ventures Sdn Bhd said, He added: “With all the reputable brands and experienced international Mall operator CBRE on board, as well as the exciting promotional activities in the pipeline, shoppers can surely expect a rewarding and unforgettable shopping experience.”


In order to mark this significant development milestone, Sandakan Harbour Square recently organised a Sandakan Sculpture Competition with prizes worth more than RM30,000 on offer. The competition attracted students and working professionals alike from the various disciplines of architecture, arts, education, engineering and medicine. Participants were encouraged to submit their sculpture ideas that best represented Sandakan. The judges were impressed with the high standard of submitted entries.


The entries were judgedon originality and creativity; relevance to the site and to Sandakan; visual impact to the public and long term maintenance. Thejudging panel included Datuk Ir. James Wong, President of Sandakan Municipal Council; Mr Lai Voon Hon, Managing Director of ICSD Ventures Sdn Bhd; Datuk Lau Ngan Siew, Former Member of Sandakan Parliament; Datuk John Lim, Board Member of Sabah Tourism Board of Directors; Mr Primus Kasun, Senior Officer of Sabah Forestry Department; Mr Ar. Chris Low Ing Ming, Director of ADC Akitek; Mr Ar. James Goh, CEO of JGP Architect (Singapore); and Mr Tommy Chen, Artist/ Sculptor.


The winners of the Sandakan Sculpture Competition are:-
First Prize (RM18,000 cash): Michael Kwa Wei Choo (Artwork Title: Utan)
Second Prize (RM5,000 cash): Daniel Tiong Wei Wen (Artwork Title: Mountain in Coils)
Third Prize (RM3,000 cash): Husna Adlyna Binti Sidek (Artwork Title: The Tree)


The five consolation prize winners will each get a 3D2N stay at Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan hotel: Gavin Wu Jia-Chung (Artwork Title: The Silhouette of Urban Nature); Maxine Wong Yee Xin (Artwork Title: Sandakan Attraction); Simon Chong Sin Man (Artwork Title: The Eye of Dawn); Teo Wei Jun (Artwork Title: The Swift); and Zoe Chong Jah Yee (Artwork Title: The Harbour Lady).


The actual sculpture inspired by the winning design idea will be unveiled in the latter part of 2012, in conjunction with the official opening of the Harbour Mall and Four Points by Sheraton hotel.





Harbour Mall and Four Points by Sheraton hotel of Sandakan Harbour Square