MELAKA: The new RM2mil decorative arch at Little India in Jalan Bendahara signifies the unity of Melakans, says Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali.
The Chief Minister said he was impressed with the design of the arch that preserves the traditional Indian motif.
"It will brighten up the Deepavali celebration in November," he said after touring Little India on Tuesday (Sept 28).
The concrete structure replaces the one removed by the Melaka Historical City Council (MBMB) in 2015 for safety reasons.
Sulaiman said the arch will be a tourist attraction in the area that encompasses the Jalan Bendahara and Jalan Temenggong intersection at Bandar Hilir here.
Noting that Little India is a unique icon for the historical city, he also said the state government will continue to look into the needs of traders in the area.
During his tour, Sulaiman also shopped for local delicacies and attire and met the traders.
Accompanying the Chief Minister was his special secretary (public affairs) Datuk Wira MS Mahadevan, who called the unveiling of the arch a proud moment for the Indian community in the state and a "Deepavali gift" to them.
He also thanked the MBMB and Melaka Tourism Development Board for their efforts in building the arch.
"The Chief Minister has pledged to beautify Little India to promote the area as a tourist destination once interstate travel is allowed," he added.