Ancient wall stays, tower goes

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).

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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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