- 2006/12/01 Ancient wall find may put end to tower project

To build a modern tourist revolving tower or to preserve a historical site ó that is the question for the Malacca state government.

For Malacca Museums Corporation (Perzim), work on the revolving tower here may have to stop if there is a 500-year-old historical site underneath it.

Perzim chairman Datuk Ab Rahaman Ab Karim said work on the tower on Jalan Kota here had been suspended for two weeks since Saturday following the discovery of an ancient wall under the project site.

"I canít say anything now as we do not know what is down there. We are not sure if the wall was part of the bastions built by the Portuguese.

"We hope the excavation works by the Museums Department would be completed by next Saturday," he said.

It is learnt that the ancient wall was discovered when the builders wanted to lay the foundation of the tower.

The ground-breaking ceremony for the building was performed by Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim on Oct 10.

The RM21 million tower with a rotating cabin that can accommodate 80 people could be ready by end of next year.

The tower is designed in the shape of the Keris Taming Sari, the traditional Malay weapon used by the legendary Hang Tuah, warrior of the Malacca Sultanate in the 15th century.

It was reported that Malacca and Penang had made a joint bid to be listed as a World Heritage Site.

(Source: New Straits Times)

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