Restoring Ngah Ibrahim's fort

Report on restoration works of a 150-year-old fort in Matang, Perak.

5 June 2006 (New Straits Times) – Report on restoration works of a 150-year-old fort in Matang, Perak.

New Straits Times, 5 June 2006

Restoring Ngah Ibrahim’s fort

The restoration of the 150-year-old fort in Matang built by Tengku Menteri Ngah Ibrahim, the richest Malay aristocrat of his time, is nearly complete.

The bad news is that the last leg of the restoration, the reconstruction of the fort’s two large watchtowers, is likely to be tricky.

Museums Department’s assistant curator Osman Kassim, who has been supervising the restoration and conservation of the fort since 2001, said the absence of data on the original shape and layout of two towers was hindering reconstruction.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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