MALACCA - A museum displaying old equipment and machinery used by local firemen in the olden days in Dataran Merdeka here literally vanished and the Fire and Rescue Department is now wondering where the contents have disappeared to.
All that is left is the building as all its contents and signboards have disappeared.
Fire and Rescue Department director-general Datuk Mohd Nor Ibrahim said the disappearance of the contents that used to be showcased in the museum remained a mystery and efforts were being made to recover them.
He said the department was aware that the museum was still operational until the year 2000 under the management of a state government agency.
"We do not know exactly when it was closed and the whereabouts of the items inside. We would like to get them back so that we can set up our own museum," he said after attending a dinner hosted by Jalan Kubu station last night.
He said the department would discuss with the relevant authorities in the state on how to get back the equipment which he believed were being kept somewhere.
Mohd Nor said he also supported the suggestion by the Malacca Fire and Rescue Department director Nazili Mahmood to turn the Jalan Kubu station, which is situated close to Jonker Walk, into a Fire and Rescue gallery.
"If we can recover the missing equipment and machinery, we can exhibit them at Jalan Kubu. This can also add to the state's tourist attractions and complement Malacca as a historical city," he said.
On another issue, he said the suggestion to have a boat unit along the 9km-long Malacca River would also be looked into.The boat unit, complete with nozzle and other fire-fighting equipment, has been proposed as most heritage buildings in the city are situated along the river bank.
Traffic congestion in the historic city has caused much delay to the response time during emergencies.
In another development, Mohd Nor said the department would take action against personnel who posted confidential circulars and documents on social media.
"Such action is tantamount to insubordination," he said.