Sunday, July 12, 2009

No CCTV Sunday #4 Melaka Roti Canai

A CCTV installer came to see us. He had just completed a CCTV job in Melaka.

Approximately 2 hours drive south of Kuala Lumpur, Melaka or Melacca is known as a historically rich state. Because of its strategic location straddling the Straits of Melaka, it thrived as a port-of-call and a centre of entrepot trade with ships and merchants from China, Japan, India, Arab and South Africa.

In 1511, it fell to the hands of the Portuguese. Today, the ruins of the Portuguese built A Famosa and St. Paul's Church are the most prominent reminders of the Portuguese occupation.

After a fierce battle Melaka was taken by the Dutch in 1641. The Dutch, who held Melaka for over a century, left many fine buildings marking their heritage. The most imposing relic of the Dutch period is the Stadthuys, a strikingly pink town hall which is today the oldest Dutch building in the Far East. Right next to it stands the bright red Christ Church, constructed with pink bricks imported from Holland and covered with local red lacerite.

In 1795, Melaka was given to the British to prevent it falling to the French when the Netherlands was captured during the Napoleonic Wars. It was returned to the Dutch in 1818 under the treaty of Vienna but was later exchanged by the Brisith for Bangkahulu, Sumatra. From 1826 onwards, the British East India Company along with Singapore and Penang governed it, under the Straits Settlement administration in Calcutta.

For those who like to collect antique Jonker Street is the best place to hunt for authentic artifacts and relics.

The CCTV installer told me that there is a very interesting Roti Canai (a type of flat bread) store in Melaka. When I search with Youtube, this is what I got. Enjoy.

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