Melaka government allocates funds for preserving historic Villa Sentosa


A view of Villa Sentosa, built in the 1920s, has earned acclaim as 'The Malay Living Museum' in Melaka. Photo: Bernama

The Melaka government is allocating RM100,000 for the restoration and preservation of Villa Sentosa in Kampung Morten.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh announced the funding today during the 100th anniversary celebration of Villa Sentosa, which is part of the traditional Malay village nestled in Melaka's city centre along the banks of Sungai Melaka.

"Villa Sentosa, built in the 1920s and left behind by the late Hashim Abd Ghani, has earned acclaim as 'The Malay Living Museum,' making it a destination for tourists visiting the state. Its exhibits feature a diverse array of historical artefacts, including traditional Malay attire, musical instruments, and antique furniture," said Ab Rauf in a Bernama interview.

The ceremony, officiated by Yang Dipertua Negeri of Melaka Tun Mohd Ali Rustam, highlighted the significance of preserving Villa Sentosa's heritage for future generations.

Ibrahim Hashim, 85, the current caretaker, expressed gratitude for the grant, stating it will aid in ongoing maintenance and restoration efforts for the historic house.

"Villa Sentosa, constructed on Oct 23, 1923, is now a century old, with certain sections showing signs of deterioration and in need of gradual repair. Given the absence of regular assistance for restoration and maintenance, this aid is invaluable in safeguarding our cultural legacy," said Ibrahim.

Villa Sentosa, open daily from 11am to 5.30pm, offers guided tours showcasing its historical significance. Today's celebration brought together 400 heirs spanning 10 generations of Villa Sentosa’s founder.

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