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Malacca to set up more museums

Reprint from The Star
Friday, February 11, 2000


MALACCA: The state government will add seven more museums to the existing 14 as additional tourist attractions to the historical city.

Chief Minister Datuk Wira Mohd Ali Rustam said the Malacca Museum Corporation (Perzim) would be entrusted with the task of setting up the new museums which would include the Islamic Museum, Prison Museum, and Fire Brigade Museum. The Islamic Museum and Fire Brigade Museum would be sited within the Historical Heritage Complex and the Prisons Museum at the Bandar Hilir Prison, he said.

The prisons authorities have agreed to allow part of the Bandar Hilir Prison to be turned into a museum," he told reporters after opening the Maritime Museum Complex and accepting delivery of the Royal Malaysian Navy Museum and KD Sri Terengganu from deputy navy chief Laksmana Muda Datuk Ramly Abu Bakar yesterday. The RMN Museum was relocated from RMN Lumut to here in October 1995 while the KD Sri Terengganu, a patrol craft, was commissioned, on Dec 16, 1963, and had been in service for 31 years.

Mohd Ali also said that the state government would revert to using money from the Malacca Heritage Restoration and Preservation fund to restore old buildings which had been gazetted in the state. He said the fund still had RM 1.0 mil when the state government stopped using it in 1995. He added that the state government would top up the fund from time to time as needed.

- Bernama

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