MALAYSIA: KAMPUNG CHOHONG ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE HAS TOURISM POTENTIAL

JASIN, Melaka state, Malaysia — The archaeological site in Kampung Chohong here which has revealed a wide range of artifacts from human settlements between the 14th and 19th centuries has the potential to be developed as a tourist attraction.

Melaka state Tourism, River, Coast and Island Development Committee deputy chairman Ghazale Muhamad said, however, there should be a balance between preserving the historic site and developing it as a tourist attraction.

“The move can create a world-class civilisation excavation site such as the Sungai Batu Complex (Kedah), Borobudur (Indonesia) and Angkor Wat (Cambodia) as well as put Melaka on the world tourism map.

“The development of the historic area will eventually become a catalyst for the development of the local economic sector as well as adding value to the tourism products in the state,” he told reporters after visiting the site here yesterday.

Also present were National Heritage Department deputy heritage commissioner Mesran Mohd Yusop, Melaka Museum Corporation (Perzim) general manager Khamis Abas, and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Institute of Malay World and Civilization research chief Assoc Prof Dr Asya’ari Muhammad.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK