- 2006/12/02 Ancient wall most likely part of a Dutch fort

It is not the ruins of an old Portuguese fort that are buried underneath a development project site here.

Local archeologists have instead found what they believed to be a Dutch fort built between 1641 and 1824.

As it is getting clearer that the finding was something of a historical heritage, it pose a problem for the continuation of the RM21 million tourist tower project.

Work on the 110-metre tower had been suspended for two weeks since Nov 25 after workers stumbled on the ancient wall while laying the foundation of the tower.

Image: Workers from the Malacca Museums Corporation and National Heritage Department painstakingly uncovering the ancient wall.
Workers from the Malacca Museums Corporation and National Heritage Department painstakingly uncovering the ancient wall.



The observation tower project will be moved to another site, Rais said in the report.

He could not be immediately be reached Sunday for comment.

Malacca is located midway between Malaysia's largest city, Kuala Lumpur, and its southern neighbor, Singapore.

A major trading center and port since the 15th century, Malacca was conquered by the Portuguese in 1511 before coming under Dutch occupation in 1641, and subsequently British rule in 1824.

"All we need to do is to record the colour of the buildings and the year of repainting them" he said.

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