Coffin protest by Melaka Portuguese community was a desperate survival call

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via The Star, 18 July 2018: The Portuguese community is one of the oldest communities living in the Melaka World Heritage Site.

MELAKA: Coffins placed by the Portuguese community during the protest at the Melaka Gateway site office on Tuesday (July 17) are considered “sui (bad luck)” for locals, but this indicates a desperate call for survival, says state exco member Norhizam Hassan Baktee.

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466-year-old chapel to be restored

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Source: The Star 20150325

An ancient chapel built during the 16th century Portuguese colonial period in historic Malacca will finally be restored by the local authorities.

Source: The Star 20150325

Source: The Star 20150325

466-year-old chapel set to undergo restoration
The Star, 25 March 2015

Lent 2015 brought cheer to thousands of Catholics here with news that the ancient Rosary Chapel (Ermida de Rosario) will be restored, ending its days of neglect.

Malacca Museum Corporation (Perzim) has received the go-ahead from the management of St Peter’s Church of Malacca to start work on the 466-year-old building and the land it stands on in Jalan Bunga Raya Pantai along Malacca River.

“With the permission granted, work will begin very soon,” Perzim general manager Datuk Khamis Abas said yesterday.

Joseph Sta Maria, a representative of minority ethnic communities under the state Barisan Nasional’s social service unit (Pembela), said the announcement brought joy not only to Catholics in Malacca but also nationwide.

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Treasure hunters still keen on Pulau Nangka

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Last year, treasure hunters were in a flurry over a supposed lost treasure at Pulau Nangka, an island off the state of Melaka in Malaysia. The last hunt was unsuccessful, but that has not deterred a renewed interest in finding the supposed lost treasure.

Salvage firm keen to resume treasure hunt
The Star, 16 February 2015

Like the enduring appeal of the 18th century tale Treasure Island, Pulau Nangka here continues to draw companies keen on finding ancient treasure that is reputedly buried in a cave on the island.

Treasure Heritage Sdn Bhd, a salvage firm, has shown interest in resuming the search for valuables in Pulau Nangka, an island 17km from the coast here.

A source said the company had requested an agreement with the state government on the matter.

It is believed that Treasure Heritage initially attempted to salvage the buried treasure about two decades ago.

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Untangling myth and reality from Malaysia's history

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Besides the “startling” news about the origins of the human race, another stir over the history of Malaysia was raised last week when eminent Malaysian historian Professor Khoo Kay Khim declared that some of the characters and stories in Malaysia’s national historical narrative were probably mythical or did not actually exist. Among those figures was the warrior Hang Tuah and the Chinese princess Hang Li Po.

Sculpture of Hang Tuah at the Malaysian National History Museum, wikicommons image

Sculpture of Hang Tuah at the Malaysian National History Museum, wikicommons image


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