SHAH ALAM: Fire at Army museum. The exhibition gallery of the Army museum at Port Dickson were damaged in a fire today. Bernama reported that 50 per cent of the exhibition gallery were damaged in the incident. The report stated that the area affected in the 8.25am incident was the ground floor of the museum.
The report stated no injuries were reported though the extent of the damage or the cause was yet to be ascertain.
Smoke billows from the Army museum as the firemen tried to put down the fire. Air Times
If I remember correctly the ground floor include various items in the history of the Army. Hopefully none of the one off items are destroyed or damaged in the fire. Although I have visited the museum several times I cannot remember most of the items displayed in the ground floor apart from the recovered parts of a World War II aircraft. If you recalled them please put them in the comments section.
Items exhibited in the Army museum. PortDickson Info
Anyhow, it is likely that the museum would have to be closed down for repairs before it’s reopen to the public. With the military funding likely to be squeezed in the upcoming budget announcement, one has to wonder how much money can be spared for the repairs. Its not like the museum was already swimming in cash.
Part of the exhibition gallery in the Army museum
Anyhow the incident had to happen as the eyes of the nation were already focusing on Port Dickson due to the by-election.
The entrance of the museum as seen from the parade ground. PortDickson Info
For now I guess visitors to Port Dickson may want to visit the Royal Malay Regiment museum located along Jalan Pantai. It is much smaller than the Army one but still interesting.
Updated. The museum is still open to the public though parts of the gallery of Block A which sustained damage in the fire remained closed. The gallery affected were those of the early history of the British Army in then Malaya. The RAMD gallery next door is not affected.
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