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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE IN MELAKA ON 26.12.2017

Melaka to host national-level Christmas celebration on Dec 26 2017



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The issue of Christ the Redeemer statue has been resolved and the national-level Christmas celebration will be held in Melaka.
The issue of Christ the Redeemer statue has been resolved and the
national-level Christmas celebration will be held in Melaka.
MELAKA: The national-level
Christmas open house celebration
will be held in Melaka,
said Chief Minister Datuk
Seri Idris Haron.

He confirmed that the event
will be held here on
Boxing Day.
“There will be numerous
performances to showcase
 the rich cultural diversity of
 Melaka,” he said.
Earlier, there were news circulating
that Melaka was not in the
running to host the celebration
following the Christ the Redeemer
statue issue.
Idris said he had called for
a temporary halt to the
demolition of the statue and
for an amicable solution
through talks between the
Portuguese Settlement
leaders and Melaka
Historic City Council (MBMB).
“We want the leaders of the
community to find a solution.
We acted according to the by-laws
of the local government
and have no intention of
demolishing the statue without the knowledge of the community,” he said.
He said sufficient time
was given to the leaders
of the community to
resolve the matter w
ithout MBMB’s
intervention.
“However, the leaders
were unable
to find a solution
and MBMB issued
notices according to
the existing by-laws,”
he said.
Idris said the state
authorities have been
blamed for not allowing
the structure to be built,
when the problem arose
due to the failure of those
involved to get approval for
their project.
He said those involved
in building the statue had
agreed to relocate it
recently without the
involvement of MBMB.
He said volunteers were
given two options -
to relocate the statue
or apply to convert the site
where the statue of Christ
the Redeemer was supposed
to be erected into a
landscaping project.
Idris said the 7.5m-high statue
should not be built at a site
where space was limited
or at a public square.
The Portuguese community
leaders had wanted to put up
the statue which is based
on the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue built on the Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and as a
monument to enliven the annual
Christmas celebrations
at its settlement this year.
The proposal was submitted
to MBMB in September
but construction work was
carried out without the council’s
approval.
Mayor Datuk Wira Zainal Hussin,
in a press statement, had
said the matter has been
settled as the volunteers
had agreed to relocate
the statue to another
site within the settlement.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2017/11/25/melaka-to-host-nationallevel-christmas-celebration-on-dec-26/#DhuVTbiDcB7dMFU4.99

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