Portuguse community seeks Lisbon's help over missing Melaka documents

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  • Friday, 10 Jan 2020

MELAKA: A social worker from the Portuguese community here is seeking Lisbon's assistance to get copies of two historical documents on Melaka which apparently went missing in the 1990s after they were passed to the state government by the Portuguese government in the 1980s.

Save The Portuguese Action Committee chairman Martin Theseira (pic) said he would be contacting representatives from the Portuguese embassy in Bangkok, Thailand in search of the documents.

(Portugal does not have an embassy in Malaysia.)

"The Portuguese community is eager to know the contents of the historical documents.

"We have a close working relationship with the embassy in Bangkok and will correspond with them on this matter," he said in an interview here on Friday (Dec 10).

Theseira said they decided to search for these documents after talk emerged recently that copies of the documents furnished to the state government vanished in the 1990s.

The documents apparently described the social landscape during the era of the Melaka Sultanate prior to it being conquered by the Portuguese in 1511.

"My association will brief Melaka Chief Minister Minister Adly Zahari on our effort to obtain these documents.

"We are concerned that there appears to have been an attempt to conceal the history of Melaka during the previous administration," he alleged.

Theseira said he believed the late Parish Father M.J.Pindato, who was a historian, was commissioned by the Melaka government in the 1980s to translate the Portuguese documents and manuscripts to English.

"However, we are puzzled with the latest talk that the two documents had gone missing," he said.

Theseira said only a vague account on the fall of Melaka in 1511 made into the history books.

On another matter, he said he was inviting the Mayor of Libson to witness the San Pedro Festival at the Portugese Settlement here in June.

"On our side, we will try our best to retrieve these documents as well as foster close trade relationships.

"Portugal is a springboard to Europe and we can work towards attracting investments to Melaka," he added.

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