MELAKA OVER-BUILDING COMMERCIAL SHOPS

28th. February 2012

I went back to Melaka yesterday for a short trip. When I was in Melaka, I had the opportunity to drive from Melaka Raya to Klebang.

Land reclamation works have been done from Melaka Raya until Klebang. More reclamation works are also being undertakened.

If you drive from Melaka Raya to Limbongan via the coastal highway, the reclaimed land on both sides of this coastal road, has been boarded up for new development. There will be new shopping malls, commercial shop houses, SOHO, condominiums and others. You name it and you will find them. Investors are pumping money into the development of this land. Was informed that there will be more than 4,000 shop houses etc. within Limbongan area.

While it is good for the Melaka Historical City Council in collection half yearly assessments from owners of these shops and offices, the question remains is whether Melaka can sustain this rapid development without proper planning.

These shops and offices can turn into empty shell if there is no business to go around. They can be left vacant as there are no tenants to rent these premises.

Pockets of unoccupied shops and offices will occur especially those not facing the main road and if this happens and owners will be be in debt if they cannot service their loans.

Overbuilding is a nightmare for property developers and Melakans will not want to see empty commercial centres dotting around Melaka. Do not follow the herd mentality and let us have a continuous but sustainable growth for Melaka.

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FRIENDS OF MELAKA MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION


Chinese designs incorporated in mosques
MyKampung 2012-02-28 18:50

Members of Friends of Melaka Museums posing for group photo at the end of their visit. Front row second from left is Haji Shaukani Abbas, with Iesnordin on the extreme right. Photo courtesy by Sin Chew Daily
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Translated by WINNIE CHOOI
Sin Chew Daily

MELAKA — The structure of Kampung Kling Mosque in Melaka built in the 18th century boasts of various characteristics of the Chinese, Hindu, Sumatran and Malay cultures.

The Chinese character of double happiness carvings and a rostrum are obvious evidences of close connection with the Chinese architecture during the olden days,” explained the person-in-charge at the southern region Department of Museums Iesnordin Hj. Malan, during the Melaka Cultural Heritage Tour in July organised by Friends of Melaka Museum.

Also responsible for the mosque’s reconstruction in 1999, Iesnordin attended the activities held on 13 July 1999 that saw the participation of people from various ethnic groups such as Chinese, Muslims, Hindus, Nyonyas, Chettis, and French residing in Malaysia.

After refurbishment

“Tiles carvings on the roof of the mosque is identical to the ones in Cheng Hoon Temple but were concealed with white spray after the refurbishment,” said Iesnordin.

The mosque was built on a square site supported by four symmetrical arches made of “kayu berlian” in the prayer hall. Coral made flower-shaped bunga kesidang ornaments adorned the roof while Dutch tiles were used as roof tiles.

Kampung Kling Mosque was originally built in wood in 1748 and later reconstructed in bricks in 1872. It was subsequently refurbished in 1908 using Dutch roof tiles with a pagoda-like minaret like in Kampung Hulu Mosque. The latest conservation works were carried out in 1999.

“Most people were curious why there were two mosques built within the same area. From what I understand they could belong to different ethnics communities. The Kampung Kling Mosque was named this way because it was erected by Indian Muslims.

“Secondly, Kampung Hulu Mosque was supposed to be demolished by the colonial government and be replaced with a new one but the plan was later cancelled,” said Iesnordin.

Muslim living

A key speaker in Islamic living, retired teacher Hajjah Nasri Abbas said she remained adhered to the Islamic faith even after she came into contact with people of different religions during her studies in the United States.

“Among the five rules set by the mosque, one is to attend the Hajj pilgrimage at least once in a lifetime. The children or relatives could be the representatives if a Muslim is incapable of carrying out the duty,” said Abbas.

In order to form a good rapport between Muslims and non-Muslims, some non-Muslims would tend to greet Muslims by saying “Assalamuailam.” However, Abbas said this is not appropriate as it means “may peace be with you” in Quran.

Abbas added that Muslims pray five times a day just like talking to Allah over the phone. The length of prayers for each session is different. Shorter prayers are practised in the pre-dawn at 5.51a.m. as well as in the evening at 4.30p.m.

Abbas pointed out further that Muslims are encouraged to pray more than five times a day. The prayers could be carried out at home or in praying rooms (surau). However, Muslim men must visit the mosque every Friday to pray with the public. No short pants or undergarments are allowed inside the mosque.

“As for Muslim women, prayers are normally carried out in their private rooms at home. Women should not be seen too often inside the mosque to avoid unnecessary distractions to the men. Due to this reason, females should put on their exclusive prayers costume concealing their whole bodies except face and hands.

“In Afghanistan, females have to cover their face and eyes as well and are not allowed to pray during their menstrual periods, ” said Abbas.

New members welcome

Newly appointed Chairman of Friends of Melaka Museums, Haji Shaukani Abbas said the association is a non-government organisation set up long ago. The monthly Melaka Cultural Heritage Tour has so far been organised three times after he took over as chairman.

The organisation offers a lot of perks such as free entrance to museums, discounted prices for museum-related products and access to museum library for reading and research purposes.

The objective is to provide local people with an opportunity and platform to participate, promote and protect our cultural heritage, and strengthen the relationship between the communities with the museums through leisure activities.

Members of the public are welcome to join as members. Membership fees and contact details are as follows:

Individual membership: RM10 per annum
Children: RM2 per annum
Foreign membership: RM10 per annum
Lifetime membership: RM100
Enrolment fees: RM5

Please call 012-612 0618 or 06-282 6526/06-281 1289 for details.

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WILL MELAKA OVERBUILT WITH COMMERCIAL SHOPS

28th. February 2012

I went back to Melaka yesterday for a short trip. When I was in Melaka, I had the opportunity to drive from Melaka Raya to Klebang.

Land reclamation works have been done from Melaka Raya until Klebang. More reclamation works are also being undertakened.

If you drive from Melaka Raya to Limbongan via the coastal highway, the reclaimed land on both sides of this coastal road, has been boarded up for new development. There will be new shopping malls, commercial shop houses, SOHO, condominiums and others. You name it and you will find them. Investors are pumping money into the development of this land. Was informed that there will be more than 4,000 shop houses etc. within Limbongan area.

While it is good for the Melaka Historical City Council in collection half yearly assessments from owners of these shops and offices, the question remains is whether Melaka can sustain this rapid development without proper planning.

These shops and offices can turn into empty shell if there is no business to go around. They can be left vacant as there are no tenants to rent these premises.

Pockets of unoccupied shops and offices will occur especially those not facing the main road and if this happens and owners will be be in debt if they cannot service their loans.

Overbuilding is a nightmare for property developers and Melakans will not want to see empty commercial centres dotting around Melaka. Do not follow the herd mentality and let us have a continuous but sustainable growth for Melaka.

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Climb of Hope

February 25, 2012 during 6:58 am

We during Malaysia.com would like to assistance proclaim a inestimable means brought to us by Gary Heng of a NGO called Shelter Home for Children.

They yield shelter, education, wardrobe and adore to neglected, deserted and abused children and are in their 31st year of operations.

Their “Climb of Hope” debate aims to get 30 climbers to assistance lift RM 2,000 any to assistance account a operations of their preserve home.

For some-more information, greatfully check out http://www.shelterhome.org/ and some-more sum are supposing below:

A really good day to we from all of us during Shelter Home for Children. We are
please to know that we have a penetrating passion and integrity to conquer
Mount Kinabalu (Malaysia) and during a same time lift RM2,000 in the
process. We rest assure we that it will be a many noted highlights of
your life after creation this climb.

Our aim is to lift RM 100,000 that will be used to urge the
standard of preparation of a abused children in Shelter.


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We are gratified to introduce a below:-

4 Days 3 Nights Mount Kinabalu Climbing and Kundasang

Group Name : Shelter Climb For Charity 2012

Date : 25 compartment 28 Apr 2012

Number of Passengers : 28 Paxs + 2 Tour Leaders

Flight Details : To Be Advised

*Day 1 : AIRPORT/PROMENADE HOTEL/LUNCH/PROMENADE HOTEL*

/DINNER/PROMENADE HOTEL

Arrive during Kota Kinabalu Airport and send to Promenade Hotel.

1300hrs, ensue for Lunch during internal restaurant.

After Lunch, lapse to hotel.

1800hrs, ensue for Dinner during internal restaurant.

After dinner, lapse to hotel.

Meals : Lunch / Dinner

*Day 2 : PROMENADE HOTEL/KINABALU PARK*

Early Morning, send to Kinabalu Park for climb.

Upon attainment to park, accommodate your beam during Park HQ after your breakfast.
Thereafter we will be

transferred to Timpohon Gate (1,829m) where we will start your climbing.
Packed Lunch

provided. Dinner during Laban Rata Restaurant. Overnight during a Laban Rata
Resthouse

(dormitory).

Meals Included: Breakfast / Packed Lunch / Dinner

*Day 3: KINABALU PARK/KINABALU PINE RESORT*

0230 Hrs Continue we defeat to a limit of Mt Kinabalu (4,095.2m).
Low’s Peak

(4095.2m) is your limit end for a fantastic perspective of a distant
horizon and as far

as eye can see (weather permitted). Breakfast during Laban Rata Resthouse and
descend to

Timpohon Gate.

1300 Hrs Pick-up from Timpohon Gate and send to Park Registration
Office, where we can

get a certificate for RM10 any if we have successfully cowed Mt
Kinabalu. Lunch during Park

Restaurant. (1300hrs – 1600hrs convey outpost *every 30 minutes* to Kinabalu
Pine Resort for

check-in) Overnight during Kinabalu Pine Resort in Kundasang.

Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Barbeque Dinner

*Day 4 : KINABALU PINE RESORT/DESA FARM/NABALU MARKET/AIRPORT*

After breafkast, skip for Desa Farm.

1300hrs , ensue to city for possess lunch and en track stop to revisit the
Nabalu Native Market,

shop before drop-off.

at airfield for moody behind to KL.

Meal Included: Breakfast

**End of Itinerary**

Rates

*MALAYSIAN CLIMBERS*

No of Pax Package Price Based on Per

Person Basis

Tour Leader

*30 Paying* *Adult RM 2010.00 * Per Person 2 x Tour Leaders

*INTERNATIONAL CLIMBERS*

No of Pax Package Price Based on Per

Person Basis

Tour Leader

*30 Paying Adult RM 2,300.00* Per Person N/A

.

*TOUR FARE INCLUDES*:

* Air and land ride from Shelter One and behind thorough of airfield tax.

* 1 night stay during Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu formed on Deluxe Room (Twin
Sharing)

* 1 night stay during Laban Rata Resthouse formed on Dormitory Style

* 1 night stay during Kinabalu Pine Resort formed on Standard Room (Twin Sharing)

* Return Airport Transfer / Land Transfer

* English Speaking Guide

* Meals as settled above

* Entrance Fee during Kinabalu Park, Climbing Insurance Climb Permit.

* *Total of 8 Mountain Guides for 30 Climbers. (4 persons per Guide)*

*TOUR FARE EXCLUDE:*

* Alcoholic/ Carbonated Drinks / Juices

* Climbing Certificate during RM10.00 on execution only

* Video/ Camera Entrance Fee

* Item Not Mention above

* Porters to be organised and paid directly.

Note:

Sabah Park requires a photocopy of your pass / temperament label for
registration

Please be on time. Otherwise we will need to make your possess alternative
transportation back

to Kota Kinabalu.

*Recommended equipment to bring:*

Rain gear, Wind breakers, Warm Clothing, Hat, Gloves, Extra thick socks,
Torchlight, Whistle

and Drinking Water.

PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY

Do not Climb if we have story of Suffering from a following ailments:-

Heart disease,Hypertension. Chronis Asthma, Peptic Ulcer, Severe Anaemia,
Diabetes,

Epileptic Fits, Athritis. Palpitation, Hepatitis (Jaundice), Muscular
Cramps, Obesity (Over

Weight) or ANY other illness that might be triggered by serious cold,
exertion and high
altitude.

If we have anymore questions per this campaign, greatfully call :

Edwin Jalleh : +60 0122574305
Brian Cheong : +60 0123510575

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