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Monday, 21 May 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM

MP: State government will tell history as it is

MELAKA: In an effort to further preserve the state’s historical treasures, the Pakatan Harapan-led government will undertake additional conservation and recovery efforts, Kota Melaka MP Khoo Poay Tiong pledges.

Khoo said the initiatives would include searching for relics belonging to the Majapahit Kingdom, early Islamic civilisation as well as the contribution of Catholics, Hindus and Buddhists in the early history of Melaka.

“We hope to tell history as it is and efforts to search for relics as well as to conserve historical places will be encouraged by the state government.

“As an MP, I will do my part by giving suggestions to the state government on conserving and recovering antiquity belonging to kingdoms once based in Melaka,” he said after a prayer session at the Sri Poyatha Moorthi temple in Jonker Walk here, which was built in 1781. The prayer session at the oldest Hindu temple in the country was organised The Shore Oceanarium chief executive officer Chew Chert Fong, who made a vow on May 4 for the victory of Khoo in the elections. State executive councillor for Health, Low Chee Leong, also joined the prayers.

A new archaeological exploration will be carried out in Pulau Upeh.
A new archaeological exploration will be carried out in Pulau Upeh.

Khoo said a new exploration would be suggested for Pulau Upeh, which was once the cradle of Islamic civilisation in Melaka.

“We want to preserve the island as a historic site, so we may differ development planned for the island,” he said.

Pulau Upeh is where graves of scholars who came to teach Islam to the locals are located.

Khoo said the mission would include locating the lost Hindu temples of 13th century of Majapahit Kingdom that is widely believed to have been buried underwater over the years.

The Majapahit Empire was centralised in East Java and was a vast archipelagic kingdom during its peak between 1293 and 1527.