4 December 2006 (The Star) –
Ancient wall stays, tower goes
The ancient wall discovered in the middle of the town will not be demolished. Instead, it is the 110m revolving tower project being built at the site that has to make way.
â€œThe ancient fort cannot be damaged by a modern project as the Heritage Act stops us from doing that,â€ Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim told reporters after visiting the site near the historical Stadhuys building yesterday.
Dr Rais, who described the discovery as a â€œgem of a historical findâ€, said he would present an initial report to the Cabinet in two weeks, with recommendations on the siteâ€™s preservation. The wall is believed to date back to the era of Portuguese rule in Malacca (1511-1641).