I have my doubt that the Settlement is part of the listing as everyone is well aware of the rich culture the Portuguese had for Malaccan and probably beyond Malacca and Malaysia as I was told that this settlement is the only Portuguese Settlement outside of Portugal and as such uniquely Malacca and definitely part of the culture of Malaysia and Malaysian history.
After 50 years of Independence, it is time for bigger and more visible Projects to show off the rich cultural tapestry of Malacca. Merging the old tradition and the new era of technology will definitely enrich Malacca as a whole. There must be some preservation of the rich heritage of the Portuguese people. Their heritage cannot be forgotten as they will contribute greatly to the tourism industry of the state and Malaysia.
----- Taken from Ali's blog
Tomorrow will be a wonderful day for all of us as citizens of Melaka. I invite everyone to join the celebrations of Melaka’s inscription as a World Heritage City from the 1st August which will begin at 8.00pm.
We are obviously happy to celebrate the occasion and many exciting events and activities have been lined up. The launch of the celebration will take place at the Stadhuys, Bandar Hilir and will be officiated by the Yang DiPertua Negeri, Tun Mohd Khalil Yaacob.
We will also launch the Merdeka Month celebration on 17th August 2008 and the Eye on Malaysia Melaka will be launched in mid August, thus making it 3 main events in the month of August. Arts and cultural events will be held every alternate day while places of worship will be decorate with lights. Such places are the Masjid Kampung Kling, Masjid Kampung Hulu, St Xavier’s Church, Sam Po Kong temple and the Cheng Hoon Teng temple.
Thanksgiving prayers will also be conducted following the rites of the different religions. I appeal to all associations within the heritage zone to conduct their celebrations along Jalan Hang Jebat, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Jalan Kampung Pantai and Jalan Hang Lekir.
They must project and promote their culture along these historical roads thus bring life and meaning to the term “living culture”. We will be sending EXCO members and officers to visit such places. The Yang DiPertua Negeri and I will also be visiting some places of interest.