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)

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)