Ministry to ‘repay’ for loss of plants

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 14 May 2003

By Lee Yuk Peng

CULTURAL, Arts and Tourism Ministry has assured Malaccans that more tourism projects will be carried out in the state to repay the RM100,000 loss incurred when potted plants were carted away by the crowd during the national Christmas celebration at Hang Tuah Mall last December. 

State Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Wira Poh Ah Tiam, replying to Datuk Abdul Kadir Daud (BN–Durian Tunggal), said the state government had requested that the ministry compensate the loss because the master of ceremonies at the function announced that the crowd could take home the plants.  

The Chitty Museum, scheduled to be opened in mid-June, cost RM167,760 to be constructed, the Dewan heard. 

The funding was sourced from the Preservation and Conservation Trust Fund, said Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Hamdin Abdollah in his reply to Goh Leong San (DAP–Tengkera). He also said festivals celebrated by the Chitty community such as Ponggal, Srimuthu Mariaman Thiruvizha and Parchu were in the state tourism calender. 

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