In 2017, history was made when Ipoh welcomed its first-ever theme park in Perak and the first animation theme park in Asia via Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS).
The RM520 million theme park instantly became a hot attraction as it featured a number of international titles from DreamWorks Animation such as ‘The Smurfs’.
However, the number of visitors has reduced drastically over the years. At one point, it seemed like a ghost town, and now, the theme park has taken a turn for the worse.
Bernama reported that MAPS has closed down indefinitely effective today (28 January).
The closure notice was issued by the Receiver and Manager of Animation Theme Park Sdn Bhd (ATP) from Messrs Ernst & Young.
Apparently, Perak MB revealed that the closure was partly due to the unpaid electricity bills by the previous administration.
Here’s how Malaysians reacted to the closure:
Did you manage to visit MAPS when it was still in operation?
Let’s hope that the theme park will get a revamp and turn itself around soon.