Historic Malacca to be re-created?

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19 April 2007 (New Straits Times) – The state government of Malacca intends to rebuild the ‘historic’ Malacca, that of the 15th century which is regarded as the golden age of Malacca Sultanate with plans for two replica-ships-cum-museums, a marina and a windmill. The Malacca Sultanate is considered the ‘start’ of the Malay civilisation and was later in history occupied by the Portuguese and the Dutch.

New Straits Times, 19 Apr 2007 : Sungei Malacca

Malacca ‘returns’ to the 15th century

Fifteenth-century Malacca was a busy marketplace, with trading ships from around the world sailing up and down its river. Inspired by the past, the state government aims to replicate the busy surroundings of the river in the Malacca Sultanate era.

By April next year, tourists will be able to get a feel of this historic city’s heyday.

“We are going to build more replicas of ships which will serve as museums along Sungai Melaka,” said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam.

Speaking after a state exco meeting at Seri Negeri yesterday, Mohd Ali said he already had two ships in mind.

The first is Kapal Dendang Berahi, the ship in which Sultan Mansur Shah sailed to Majapahit to wed its princess, while the second, to be named Kapal Laksamana Cheng Ho, is a replica of the vessel used by the famous admiral.


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

Govt allocates RM12.8m to reconstruct A'Famosa fort

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18 February 2007 (The Star)

Govt allocates RM12.8m to reconstruct A’Famosa fort

The federal government has approved a RM12.8 million allocation for the reconstruction of Fortaleza D’Malacca or the mighty A’Famosa fort built during the Portuguese or Dutch colonial era in Bandar Hilir here.

Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said said the first phase of the rebuilding work was expected to begin in April or May.

Speaking to reporters after attending a dinner hosted by the Malacca state Wanita Umno on Saturday, he said the Cabinet had agreed for the National Heritage Department to quickly draw up the plan with the assistance of historians in Malacca and several archaeologists.

A’Famosa to be rebuilt

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1 February 2007 (The Star) – The 16th century Portuguese fort of Malacca, A’Famosa, is slated for rebuilding, following the discovery of the Middlesburgh bastion late last year.

A’Famosa to be rebuilt

The Star, 1 Feb 2007

Portions of the buried ruins of Fortaleza D’Malacca or the mighty A’Famosa fortress built in 1512 will be brought to “life” for the world to see. About 350m of the buried walls of the fortress will be reconstructed stone by stone to its original dimensions of 8m by 5m, said Commissioner of Heritage Prof Datuk Dr Siti Zuraina Abdul Majid. She said the completed structure would encompass the city’s 11.3ha heritage site in Bandar Hilir.

Presently, the department is using documents and paintings of the fort dating back to 1512 to determine its dimensions and design, but may require further documents from overseas sources.

“We might study the Galle Fort, which is fully intact in Sri Lanka, as it is a good example of how the fort would look like because they both share a similar history,” she added.

Malacca tower gets new site

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11 December 2006 (New Straits Times)

Malacca tower gets new site

The city’s RM21 million revolving tower has found a new home — at the tennis court in Taman Bunga Merdeka.

The new site is just a few hundred metres from the original one by the banks of the Malacca River. The tower has to be built at the new site to enable the excavation and conservation of the Bastion Middlesburgh and the Fortaleza D’Malacca (Malacca Fort), which has been described as one of the most important archaeological finds in the state.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the state government had agreed in principle to build the 110m tower, with a rotating cabin that could accommodate 80 people, in Taman Bunga.


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

Ancient wall stays, tower goes

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4 December 2006 (The Star)

The Star, 4 Dec 2006

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.

“The ancient fort cannot be damaged by a modern project as the Heritage Act stops us from doing that,” 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 “gem of a historical find”, said he would present an initial report to the Cabinet in two weeks, with recommendations on the site’s preservation. The wall is believed to date back to the era of Portuguese rule in Malacca (1511-1641).


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

Ancient wall found beneath Malacca

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30 November – 3 December (Various news sources, see below) – The news broke while I was bedridden with a particularly nasty fever, which explains the flurry of updates today. An piece of wall dated to Dutch Malacca was unearthed while work was underway for a controversial revolving tower in the historic city center. Here’s the news as it broke:

New Straits Times, 2 Dec 2006

30 November 2006 (The Star) – Ancient wall find halts tower work
1 December 2006 (The Star) – Blocks similar to earlier find
1 December 2006 (New Straits Times) – Excavation for Malacca tower project unearths ruins of Dutch fort
1 December 2006 (Bernama) – Survey tower site possible Dutch fort
2 December 2006 (The Star) – Digging deep to verify Malacca wall status
2 December 2006 (New Straits Times) – Ancient wall most likely part of a Dutch fort
3 December 2006 (The Star) – Mohd Khalil visits site of ancient wall
3 December 2006 (Bernama) – Ancient wall discovery needs further study, says Rais

Strangely enough, I was just in Malacca last weekend. The city is certainly very historical, and there’s a lot of living heritage present as well. For now, the work on the tower has been suspended for a couple of weeks while archaeologists try to ascertain the structure the wall belongs to. The unearthed structure is believed to be part of a Dutch fort and may date between 1641 and 1824.

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

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

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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)