The Genting Story
When it comes to the Genting
story, most Malaysians will recognise it as synonymous with the rise of its
namesake hill resort,Genting Highlands Resort.
Many though may not have truly appreciated the mammoth task involved in its
construction and the vast resources and reserves mobilised to ensure what has
proven today to be an unprecedented success in resort development.
Looking Back with Pride
The idea of a hill resort was chanced upon by late Tan Sri Lim Goh
Tong amidst the crisp air of Cameron Highlands in 1964. Tan Sri Lim was then
working on a hydro-electric power project at the popular hill resort, patronised
mostly by British colonials seeking cool refuge from the tropical heat, when he
foresaw a prosperous Malaysia of the future desiring a cool mountain holiday
resort within the reach of all Malaysians.
A study of the maps and Kuala Lumpur’s vicinity located the ideal
site - the 1,800-metre Gunung Ulu Kali, just 58 km from Kuala Lumpur. Amidst the
dense virgin tropical jungle and rugged terrain, the task to transform a remote
mountain into Malaysia’s premier holiday destination seemed impossible… but not
for Tan Sri Lim.
The Mammoth Task Begins
Setting up a private company called Genting Highlands Berhad on 27
April 1965, with the late Tan Sri Haji Mohammed Noah bin Omar, Tan Sri Lim
successfully obtained approval for the alienation of 12,000 acres and 2,800
acres of land from the Pahang and Selangor State Government respectively between
the years 1965 and 1970.
On 18 August 1965, a technical and
construction team began the herculean task that would take four years to
complete the access road from Genting Sempah to the peak of Gunung Ulu Kali.
To ensure the sound and prompt
construction of the hotel-cum-resort, Tan Sri Lim devoted all of his time,
capital and resources, including the reserves of his family company, Kien Huat
Berhad towards the making of this "dream resort".
On 31 March 1969, the late YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman,
Malaysia’s first Prime Minister graced the official laying of the foundation
stone for the company’s pioneer hotel, the then Highlands Hotel, marking the
completion of the access road to Genting Highlands Resort.
The Prime Minister was impressed
that the private sector, without the assistance of the Government, could develop
a mountain resort for the enjoyment of all Malaysians; a gaming licence was
suggested to help accelerate the development of this remote area.
In 1971, the first hotel at Genting
Highlands was successfully completed and was then named Highlands Hotel (now
renamed Theme Park Hotel).
Development - Genting Highlands Resort
Since the opening of
the first hotel in 1971, Genting Highlands Resort continued to grow from
strength to strength. The development of the area continued to this present day
to enhance Genting Highlands Resort as the premier holiday destination in the
region while ensuring that the natural beauty of the rain forest is maintained.
To date, Genting Highlands Resort
has five hotels (namely Genting Hotel, Highlands Hotel, Resort Hotel, Theme
Park Hotel and First World Hotel) and two apartment blocks (Ria and Kayangan Apartments) at the
hilltop and Awana Genting Highlands Golf and Country Resort.
Together with integrated
world-standard entertainment facilities encompassing various leisure, indoor and
outdoor theme parks and gaming facilities, Genting Highlands Resort has become
the "City of Entertainment" and Malaysia's Premier Resort.
In 1997, Genting Highlands Resort
further boosted its facility attraction with
Genting Skyway cable car system that provides a 3.38 km transport to the
hilltop. Genting Skyway is also recognised as the "World's Fastest Mono Cable
Car System" with a maximum speed of 21.6 km per hour and the "Longest Cable Car
in Malaysia and Southeast Asia".
The Expansion -
Genting Group, founded by Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong and with Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay as
its Chairman and Chief Executive, has since expanded and diversified from its
initial hotel and resort activities to plantation, power generation and oil and
gas exploration and production.
Today, Genting Berhad is a leading multinational corporation in Malaysia that
has constantly been acknowledged by various organisations for its exemplary
leadership and management. Genting Berhad was acknowledged as the No.1 Leading
Company in Malaysia for 10 years, i.e. in 2004 and from 1994 to 2002 by The
Asian Wall Street Journal 200 (formerly Far Eastern Economic Review 200).
Genting Berhad was also rated No.1 in Malaysia and No.2 in Asia for Overall Best
Managed Company for the Decade by Asiamoney.
The Passing of a Great Man
Sadly, our Founder Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong passed away peacefully on 23 October
2007 and was laid to rest at Gohtong Memorial Park on 29 October 2007. He will
be greatly missed by the management and staff of the Genting Group.
goals have been clearly defined, with the greatest amount of determination and
hard work, one can conclusively realise one's goals."
- Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong, Founder