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A museum to enhance Muar city status as a Royal City of Johor

Another landmark: The old Muar courthouse which the Government has returned to Johor after the new Muar courthouse complex near Parit Perupuk was built.

Muar people were surprise when Johor Sultan conferred the royal town title to Muar city recently. The new royal honorary status is augur well with the efforts from Muar local authorities in promoting Muar as a cultural heritage and food haven.

Muar own history and cultural events are not properly researched and documented for new generations to know and appreciate them.

As a Muar-born person, I was not knowing there was a railway from Muar city center to Parit Jawa even after I joined working life.

The gen X and Y from Muar are most likely never heard of there was a ferry service linking Tanjung Agas and Muar city in 60s. I only had a glimpse by chance on the Muar ferry service visual image in a 60s film telecasted in a Singapore TV station.

Muar lion dance troupe had won the world championships for umpteen times, but how many Muarians know the troupe humble past. Also otak-otak is synonymous with Muar food, its origin and history is still subject to debate.

Therefore, Muar is truly need a history and culture museum to fill up the gray space in the memory of Muarians. A good museum is a time capsule of the past for new generations to understand and appreciate our cultural root and all selfless sacrifices of our forefathers to build what we call home now.

Muar old court building located at the strategic location should be converted to a museum, but not a boring and monotonous one like we see in our country. The new museum has to be equipped with creative and advanced IT facilities to provide a better and interactive experience with visitors.

A well-designed and attractive Muar museum will complement the cultural heritage and food trail tours and the declaration of Muar city as the royal city in Johor.

Note: I will email this short article to The Star as my monthly public policy opinion deposit.

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Dabangg of Muar says:

Contact Pengurus Museum Negara Encik Zainal Ariffin ( regarding your proposal.

nkkhoo says:

All museums in Malaysia are third-world class, don’t put your standard as low as them.

It’s better to get help from MU and NUS who just finished Muar city architectural and heritage buildings research project.

Rango says:

Hopefully the culture depicted in the Muar museum is truly 1Malaysia, and not the 1Melayu type that Rais has been promoting.

nkkhoo says:

The reason I wrote this post is the old court building may be used as an Islamic court (as a first choice) or museum.