By Zaf Seraj

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 5 — Real estate developer King’s Park has launched a fundraiser it calls the Happy Nest Building Donation that aims to collect RM15 million to build a new home for Persatuan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Istimewa Insan (PKKII) in Bentong, Pahang.

It is also gifting a 7.75-acre land in Bentong for the children’s home that will also serve as a training and rehabilitation centre.

“We are collaborating with Yayasan Basmi Kemiskinan (YBK) to raise RM15 million, offering donors the added incentive of tax exemption.

“We invite generous members from the public or organisations to come forward to help,” King’s Park director Hendric Lim said in a speech at the signing of a memorandum of understanding with YBK chairman Datuk Zainal Abidin Haji Sakom in Genting Highlands last Saturday.

The signing of memorandum of understanding was held in Genting Highlands last Saturday. — Picture courtesy of King's Park

The signing of memorandum of understanding was held in Genting Highlands last Saturday. — Picture courtesy of King's Park

PKKII founder and president Dr Tiew Chew Ming expressed his gratitude for the gifted land.

King’s Park will also be sponsoring the education and skill development programmes at Cornell Academy for 1,000 youths under YBK’s purview.

King’s Park is a real estate developer behind the RM10 million development project in Genting Highlands.

PKKII is a non-profit organisation established in 1998 that provides aid and shelter for children with special needs based in Kuchai Lama.

YBK is a non-profit NGO aimed to eradicate poverty established by Tan Sri Muhamad Muhd Taib in 1990.

Cornell Academy is a newly established institution currently offering professional development and skill enhancement courses in the field of Business Management, and Hospitality. Its courses are certified by Universiti Sains Malaysia.

King’s Park is a real estate developer behind the RM10 million development project in Genting Highlands. — Picture courtesy of King's Park

King’s Park is a real estate developer behind the RM10 million development project in Genting Highlands. — Picture courtesy of King's Park

By Dhesegaan Bala Krishnan

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 16 - The largest Hard Rock Hotel in Asia is set to open its doors at the King's Park Genting Highlands in 2027.

The Hard Rock Genting Highlands, with 1,001 rooms and suites, will also house a 200 square metre retail space (to be known as Rock Shop), heated swimming pool, a Rock Spa, diverse dining options along with a stylish lounge and bar.

This will be the third Hard Rock Hotel in Malaysia, with the other two located in Penang and Desaru Coast, Johor.

HR Hotel & Residences Sdn Bhd and Hard Rock International announced their partnership on October 14 after signing the agreement to establish the hotel.

King Park's executive vice-president Sean Chen lauded the venture as a "monumental milestone in the world of hospitality".

"With its exquisite location at an amazing height of 1000 m above sea level, we are confident that this business will be a central pillar amongst the attractions at King’s Park and also a pioneering gem in the renowned Hard Rock tradition," he said in a statement on Saturday.

Sprawling across 61 hectares of freehold land, King's Park is poised to become Genting Highland's first central business district and an integrated entertainment hub.

The RM10 billion gross development value project will also feature the world's largest terrarium, branded theme parks, a halal luxury boutique hotel and a halal retail zone, among others.

In 2028, King's Park will also host the country's first Swissotel resort, a 300-room property with a grand ballroom, conference facilities and executive lounges, among others.

Seen at the signing ceremony (from left): Executive Vice President of King’s Park Development Sean Chen, Cornell Academy’s managing director Darren Yang, Professor Nadarajah Lee, Dean of USM Graduate School of Business Associate Professor Fathyah Hashim and USM Centre for Executive Education and Development programme manager Karpal Singh.

By Zaf Seraj
Wednesday, 11 Oct 2023 2:36 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 11 – Local hospitality education institution Cornell Academy has announced today its partnership with Universiti Sains Malaysia’s (USM) Graduate School of Business and King’s Park Genting Highlands, with the latter providing training slots for 1,000 of its students.

In the deal signed on October 8, the graduate school will certify Cornell Academy’s Business Management courses, which will later expand into Diploma programmes covering food and beverage, retail and entrepreneurship.

"The tourism industry is burgeoning, necessitating elevated training and a profound understanding of comprehensive business management, with a keen focus on the nuances of hospitality and delivering exceptional customer service. Cornell Academy keenly recognizes this demand,” said Cornell Academy’s managing director Darren Yang.

"Through our collaboration with the esteemed Graduate School of Business, we aspire to elevate ambitious young talents to new heights in these domains. Our goal is to provide them not only with academic credentials but also a comprehensive understanding and practical experience in the industry, broadening their horizons.”

King’s Park describes itself as "a state-of-the-art pedestrian street of shops spanning over 2,000 meters” in Genting Highlands.

Under King’s Park’s sponsorship, the students will train on its upcoming integrated entertainment hub set to open sometime between 2026 to 2028, offering retail outlets, restaurants, hotels, wellness centres, and theme parks.

"At King’s Park, we firmly believe that we possess the resources necessary for the nurturing of exceptionally talented individuals within the walls of our integrated entertainment hub. Our vision entails close collaborations with all parties involved in order to foster these talents, contributing to the cultivation of a highly skilled talent pool tailored explicitly for this dynamic industry.

The growing importance of possessing industry-relevant skills from the get-go cannot be overstated, as it kickstarts efficiency and productivity upon entry into the workforce. Our aspiration is to play an integral role in the promising growth of this vibrant group of young individuals,” King’s Park Development Sdn Bhd’s executive vice-president Sean Chen said.

Cornell Academy offers Diploma programmes in Food and Beverage, Hotel Management and Business Management at RM36,000 each for a three-year course, which includes five days of hands-on training and one full day of classroom education per week.

Students are also guaranteed job opportunities upon successful course completion with no post-training bonding requirements, it said.