Proposed Malacca project to be re-sited to preserve old wall

4 December 2006 (The Star) – I think this bit of news will bring much joy to the locals, who have been campaigning against the tower for some time.

The Star, 4 Dec 2006
Proposed Malacca project to be re-sited to preserve old wall

Researchers are excited by the discovery of part of an ancient wall at the construction site of the proposed tower in Malacca.

They believe it could be the remnants of the watchtower called the Middelsburgh Bastion built by the Portuguese in the 16th century to monitor the movements of boats at the entrepot.

Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim will recommend to the Cabinet that the site be preserved and the tower moved to another location.

Related Books:
The Malay Sultanates 1400-1700 (The Encyclopedia of Malaysia)

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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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