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SEMINAR ON INTERNATIONAL CHENG HO FESTIVAL

Melaka

14th – 16th November 2019

The Melaka State Government recently hosted a seminar on the International Cheng Ho Festival through the Melaka Museum Corporation (PERZIM) and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture. The event was in conjunction with the 11th Anniversary of Melaka’s World Heritage City Award, as well as a commemoration of the 614th anniversary of Admiral Cheng Ho’s Voyages to the Western Ocean. The seminar brought forth both academic and practical discourse on the potential and opportunities related to this important historical figure, particularly in tourism involving China and the Indonesia – Malaysia – Thailand – Growth Triangle (IMT-GT).

Senior Researcher Cdr Ang Chin Hup (R) was honoured to be invited to deliver a talk at the seminar together with speakers from China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan. Malaysian speakers include Prof Datuk Dr Hj Mohd Jamil Mukmin from the Dunia Melayu Dunia Islam Secretariat, Prof Datuk Dr Awang Sariyan from Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, and Dr. Peter Chang from the University of Malaya.

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Cdr Ang Chin Hup delivering his talk at the seminar

Cdr Ang’s presented a paper entitled, “Cheng Ho’s Seven Ocean Expeditions: Its Significant Lessons & Impact on the Region”. Cdr Ang began by introducing legends in China’s history – the Great Chinese Explorer Admiral Cheng Ho (1371 – 1435), and the Yongle Emperor of The Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). He described Admiral Cheng Ho’s seven voyages to the Western Ocean, including Melaka, and concluded by deliberating significant lessons and its impact on the Nusantara, now known as Southeast Asia.  

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Participants listening to the talk at the seminar.

The Seminar on the International Cheng Ho festival showcased historical relics that bore evidence of the relationship between Melaka and China, and the archipelagic countries of the IMT – GT, based on Cheng Ho’s history and legacy. They provided many perspectives to tourists on the importance of Melaka as a centre of heritage tourism.

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Director of IMT- GT Firdaus Dahlan accompanied the Chinese representatives presenting a token of their appreciation

MIMA sincerely congratulates the Melaka Museum Corporation (PERZIM) and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture for a successful event. It provided a good opportunity to promote Melaka as a centre of heritage tourism as the Melaka State Government celebrated the 11th Anniversary of Melaka’s World Heritage City Award and the commemoration of the 614th anniversary of Cheng Ho’s Voyages. MIMA would like to thank PERZIM for the opportunity for its researcher to deliver a talk on the heritage tourism.

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PERZIM Curator Pn Noor Azimah Md Ali presenting a gift to Cdr Ang as a token of their appreciation

 

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