This building was once the Melaka’s State Legislative Assembly building where its foundation stone was laid on August 31st 1961 by the then Governor Tuan Yang Terutama Tun Haji Abdul Malek bin Yusof S.M.N, D.M.K. In this Assembly building, Melaka State Legislative Members congregated and hold conference for discussions and passing of local bills and rights along with the annual State budget presentation. The State Legislative Assembly is chaired by a Speaker, who is elected by the members of the House. The legislative members are themselves elected by the people during an election held once every five years or after the dissolution of the Assembly. Those eligible to stand for election have to be a Melaka residents and over the age of 21. The State Legislative Assembly since February 2000 had been relocated to Ayer Keroh following the State government decision to centralize its management, administrative and official affairs.
At present, this building is the Democratic Government Museum which houses information and documentation of records of Malaysia’s past and present governance with exclusive attention on its practice of democracy. The museum partake exhibitions tracing back chronologically, events that leads to Malaysia’s day of independence. The museum also holds records of Malaysia’s achievements in its governance system.
It is hoped that the establishment of this museum would give visitors better comprehension on the Malaysia’s constitutional system of government.
Below are the five main objectives of the Democratic Government Museum:
- To record Malaysia’s development and its administrative and governance system in accord with the international governance system.
- To provide knowledge and understandings to the Malaysian public on Malaysia administration system.
- To equip the younger generations with knowledge of nationalism and rules & order of a country and choices made by any one countries in adopting their ideology towards achieving a grand civilization.
- To showcase Islam as a way of life and how the Malay society in Malaysia had successfully integrated the Islamic principles into nation-building that encourages peace, friendship, prosperity and loyalty as evidenced in the National Code.
- To make Malaysia becoming some sort of a reference to other countries on its political stability, economics and social growth through conscientious system of governance.
Entry to Democratic Government Museum
Operation hours: 9.00 AM – 5.30 PM (Open Daily)
Adult – RM5.00
Children/Student – RM2.00
Location Map of The History and Ethnography Museum