KUALA LUMPUR: The proposed museum in Malacca to exhibit the Chinese community’s contributions to the nation will be sited at the heart of the historical city in Banda Hilir.
“Banda Hilir is a strategic place. It is also bustling with tourists and is a heritage centre,” he said yesterday.
The museum, he added, was expected to be ready in 2013.
Khamis said Perzim was directed by the Malacca Government to assist in the setting-up of the museum and discussions had been ongoing.
“So far, nothing has been confirmed but we will look into the history of the Chinese community and its role in Malaysian society,” he said.
He said Perzim would meet the state Economic Planning Unit and other parties on May 6 to discuss details of the project.
On Friday, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said the party would set up a museum to exhibit the contributions of the community before and after the nation gained independence.
Dr Chua said the museum would highlight the achievements of past Chinese leaders in helping the country gain independence and also the contributions of influen- tial individuals from the Malay and Indian communities.
Tan Sri Tan Cheng Swee, one of MCA’s early founding members, lauded the plan and hoped it would show what the Chinese had done for the country.
“I hope that the information presented in the museum will be accurate,” said Tan, 90.
He also said he hoped to see the work of prominent Chinese leaders such as MCA founder Tun Tan Cheng Lock presented in the museum.
Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said he was happy that the state would be home to the country’s first Chinese museum.
“It is a good idea and we welcome the move.
“The millions who visit here will be able to learn about Chinese culture in Malaysia when visiting the museum,” he said, adding that the state would help promote the museum as part of its cultural tourism sector.
Badan Warisan committee member Josephine Chua said it was an honour for the state to have a museum dedicated to Chinese history.
“Malacca was one of the earliest sites for the entry of Chinese into the country.
“One can still find Peranakans who are descendants of early Chinese traders who settled here hundreds of years ago.”
Malacca MCA chief Datuk Gan Tian Loo said Malacca was the ideal site for the museum.
“Malacca played a significant role in Chinese history, not only in Malaysia but also the region.
“Most overseas Chinese including those from China know about Malaysia owing to this,” he said.