Have you ever visited Malacca? How about Melaka? Are you confused? From now on, it’s “Melaka”, not “Malacca”.

The state Executive Council has decided that the Anglicised state name spelling of ”Malacca” will cease to be used, and that reference to the state in English shall henceforth be exclusively “Melaka”.

Melaka State Secretary said that all newspapers and the media, whether Bahasa Malaysia, English or any other language, shall use ”Melaka” in writing or when mentioning the state. This is intended to standardise the use of the name Melaka, especially in English.

Firmly rooted as Malaysia’s historical city, visiting Malacca is like a journey back in time to witness the adventures and discoveries during Malacca’s golden age.

The "red church" are the most iconic tourist attraction in Melaka
The “red church” are the most iconic tourist attraction in Melaka

Today, there are many historical sites to visit that give you a glimpse of Malacca’s glorious past. This is balanced with other modern attractions such as water theme parks and cultural parks.

Some places that “must visit” when you are in Melaka are A Famosa, Christ Church, The Stadthuys, and Jonker Street.

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