RM30mil Heritage Park to employ latest audio-visual technology
MALACCA: A RM30mil project is expected to breathe new life into the state’s Sound & Light Show located next to several historical landmarks in Bandar Hilir.
The project -- Malacca Heritage Park -- will take the shape of a 17th century Dutch vessel and will employ the latest audio-visual technology to showcase the state’s rich and colourful past.Jatra Creative Sdn Bhd chief executive officer James A. Ali Simargolang said work on the new and improved facilities was scheduled for completion early next year when it would be officially launched.
The Heritage Park will be set in a specially built tribune based on a Dutch vessel named De Nassau 1602.
“It was a Dutch East India Company ship that sank in a famous naval battle with the Portuguese here on Aug 22, 1606 off the coast of Tanjung Tuan,” he told reporters after the project’s signing ceremony here recently.
He added that the new facilities would include film footage, still images, special effects and live performances to make the show more lively and entertaining.
He said the shows would be performed by professional actors complemented by audio-visual effects using the facades of historical buildings and monuments surrounding St Paul’s Hill as the backdrop.
“The show will take visitors on an educational and informative journey through time, which is presented in eight different languages via a headphone and receiver equipped with digital infrared transmission system,” said Simargolang.
The previous Sound & Light Show was held in a 920sqm open air theater that was originally built by the state in 1989 and managed by the Malacca Museums Corporation (Perzim) through its subsidiary Sound and Light Sdn Bhd.
Perzim chairman Datuk Wira Hamdin Abdollah said that once the new set-up was completed, the planned show would not only be a tourist attraction but would also serve as an informal source of education.
Also present at the ceremony were state Tourism, Cultural and Heritage Committee chairman Datuk Seet Har Cheow, State Secretary Datuk Omar Kaseh and Perzim manager Khamis Abas.