In tourism you can get away with murder. Developing a village based on non-historical fact is a good example.
The Melaka government will develop the "original" village of the Malay warrior Hang Tuah in Duyong,into a tourist spot to attract more visitors to the state. What else is new ?
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the project, located on a 24.7 ha site, covering also Sungai Duyong, would cost RM135 million. An unbeliveable sum especially when it is coming from public funds.
"We will carry out this project in four phases," he told reporters after a briefing on the project and a visit to the site with Melaka Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob Monday.
"The tender for the project is expected to be out in December and the first phase to begin soon after the tender is awarded to the chosen contractor." It is certain that the contractor has already been picked.
He said the project would take two years to complete which would involve renovating 20 traditional houses belonging to residents in the area and another 25 houses to be shifted to the site in order to create a similar scene during Hang Tuah's time, an excellent way to create a heritage site based on bullshit.
Mohd Ali said the project would also include the construction of a museum, silat court, commercial centre, recreational area, surau and other facilities. This is the whole idea. Who said it is about Hang Tuah, a character that really never existed.