KUALA LUMPUR: The Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong) will build the country's first ever museum showcasing the history and lives of the Malaysian Chinese community.
The "Malaysian Chinese Museum" is scheduled to open in May next year and will be located on the first floor of Wisma Huazong in Seri Kembangan, Selangor. It will display about 12,000 exhibits.
Huazong deputy president Datuk Cheng Lai Hock said it took the association about three years to plan, design and finalise the contents of the museum, a process which he said "cost a lot of money".
"The museum will display artefacts and chronicle the history of Chinese immigrants to Malaysia and their integration into Malaysian society.
"We published a book half a year ago as a run-up to opening the museum. The 700-page book touches on education, politics, culture, language and way of life. It also contains a lot of photographs.
"The book also highlights the Malaysian Chinese community's contribution to the country's development and progress," he told The Star.
Cheng said Sunway Group chairman and founder Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah will sponsor the museum, and that construction work would begin soon.
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