A Journey Through Time...
By: M Jeffri Razali

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Thursday, 15-Apr-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Tribute To The City Of Melaka

Tengkera In 1920
Artist Impression Of Melaka Port
Council Headquarters
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Although Melaka was founded in the 1400s, the history of Melaka city can only be traced back to 1824, the year when "The Town and Fort of Malacca" was established and was adminitered by the Committee of Assessors under the ruling British Government.

In 1848, by virtue of the East India Act XIX, the Committee of Assessors was replaced by the Municipal Council. Under this council, a five-member councilors was formed and headed by a Resident Councilor. It was known as the Municipal Commission.

In 1977, the areas under the jurisdictions of the Kota Melaka Municipality and Melaka Municipal Council was merged, and this subsequently paved way for the establishment of the Melaka Historical City Municipal Council (MPMBB).

On April 15, 1989, the city of Melaka was officially declared as a historical city. It took another step ahead when Melaka Municipality was upgraded into city status on April 15, 2003.

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Wednesday, 14-Apr-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Faces Of Melaka II - Time Machine

A Minaret Of The Old Tengkera Surau, Built In 1721
Pure Splendour
Architecture Of The Past
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Okay...I admit it...I like history...

Tengkera, where these photos were taken, is one of the oldest town in Melaka. It is located just a few kilometers from Melaka city and it is here that history lovers will get to witness some of the heritage buildings and landmarks. While some of these buildings are no longer safe for occupation, others are still standing strong, a testimony to the area's glorious past...

According to historical facts, it was along the present Jalan Tengkera that Chinese immigrants had constructed their homes and carried out their businesses. Many of this houses, which bear typical Chinese architecture, can still be seen today. Several kilometers up the road, in an area today known as Tanjung Kling, Indian merchants were said to have used the coastal area as a landing point for their goods before transporting them to Melaka town to be traded with other traders who used to stop over the the Melaka port in the 14th and 15 century.

Among some of the historical landmarks in Tengkera is the Tengkera Mosque, which was built in 1728 and considered to be the oldest mosque in Malaysia. Apart from that, there is also the Methodist Girls' School building which was commissioned in 1920 and was once used as the Japanese army's headquarters during the Second World War.

A walk along the busy Jalan Tengkera is indeed like travelling back in time.

Tuesday, 13-Apr-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
I'm Loving It...So Says Uncle Ronald

Lets Give It A Good Stir
Your Guess Is As Good As Mine
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Took some time off to travel back to the present...and enjoy life like a kid. Miss those days... ...okay...okay...I admit it...I was bored..

I guess seeing a trigger-happy man armed with a camera, shooting at virtually everything is something staff at McD did not expect to see. But what the heck...its a free promotion anyway...

Even my daughter was wondering why on earth did I put my camera through my Big Mac...what to do...

Monday, 12-Apr-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Faces Of Melaka - A Piece Of History

One Of The Old Houses Which Has Been Turned Into A Hotel
The Narrow Street
A New Coat Of Paint
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These pictures were taken along Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock (or Tan Cheng Lock Road in English. This area was also known as the Millionaires' Row as most of the prominent Chinese millionaires had lived in this area in the 19th and early 20th century. This stretch of narrow road is one of the oldest street in Melaka and it was known as Heeren Street by the Dutch during their occupation of Melaka. However, the name was changed to its present name when Malaysia achieved its independence in 1957.

For those who love old architecture, especially those which blend the eastern and western concept, should not give this place a miss as the houses here, in terms of their architecture, are simply beautiful and outstanding, despite their age and condition.

This road is located adjacent to Jalan Hang Jebat, or better known as Jonker Walk, another popular destination in Melaka for its heritage and age-old buildings.

Sunday, 11-Apr-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Go Fly A Kite...Hehehe

A Daddy's Handy Work
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Working on a Sunday...? Yup...thats me...

No pics of old houses today, just kites...various shapes, sizes and colours...will be uploading some of them today and hopefully, I will be able to upload more tomorrow. Could not process all the pics as I am having a massive headache due to long time I had to spend under the hot afternoon sun...

Just a little story behind the kite thing. Scenes are from the Malaysia-China Kite Festival which was held today. Felt like a small kid again seeing all these kites...excuse me...it is not everyday that I get to see kites as big as an elephant. And of course, there was the biggest "inflatable kite" in Malaysia. It was shaped like a manta ray and has an opening up front where the wind is supposed to enter and inflate it, making it airborne. Unfortunately, it was not that windy and as a result, we did not get to see kite flying but instead, kite crashing... This particular kite is huge...36 feet long I was told and on a real windy day, a full grown adult can even sit on it and it can still get airborne...sorry dear...I would rather fly third-class in a B737 than to sit on that dang thing...

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