Heritage building on Church Street to be turned into Malay Museum

The crumbling old building in Jalan Dato Koyah owned by Penang Island City Council will soon get a new lease of life.

A CATEGORY II heritage building located in the George Town World Heritage Site will be turned into a Malay Museum soon.

The Penang Island City Council has leased out the premises in Jalan Dato Koyah to Pinang Peranakan Mansion Sdn Bhd for 15 years with a 15+15 years option.

Category II is for buildings or sites of special interest that warrant efforts to preserve them.

The council said in a recent statement that the Pinang Peranakan Mansion Sdn Bhd proprietor had to carry out restoration work on the building.

The plot, including its parking space, is 1,648.23sq m (17,742sq ft) in size.

The council also said measuring work on the boundaries was being carried out by the company.

“Any structures to be built and restoration work to be carried out can only begin once the building plan is approved by the council.

“The restoration and idea to turn the building into a Malay Museum will have a positive impact on the World Heritage Site.

“It will also help boost tourism in the area,” the council stated.

The company currently runs the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, a 19th-century house that has been turned into a Baba-Nyonya museum that showcases more than 1,000 pieces of antiques and collectibles.

The museum is located in the heritage site in Church Street.

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