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UPDATED: 14:03, December 04, 2006
Malaysia discovers ancient wall in Malacca tower site
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The planned Malacca Tower will most likely be relocated following the discovery of an ancient wall on its project site, a local newspaper reported Monday.

Work on the project has been ordered to stop following the discovery of an ancient wall, which is part of Malacca Fort, built after the Portuguese captured Malacca in 1511.

The relocation will be enforced under the Heritage Act 2005 which prevents any modern project to be implemented without taking into account historic and heritage findings, the New Straits Times reported.

"This is an historic finding, which will bring immense benefits to Malacca and the country," an elated Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Rais Yatim was quoted as saying.

The ministry and the state government will conduct an in-depth study on the wall, which will help determine the exact size of the fort, Raid said Sunday in Malacca.

Rais said he would also seek the Cabinet approval for funds to conduct a comprehensive study on the Malacca Fort, with the view of reconstructing some of the vital portions of the structure.

The planned 110-meter-high observatory tower, worth 21 million ringgit (5.67 million U.S. dollars), is expected to be the newest tourism landmark in the historical state.

Source: Xinhua

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