Tun Tan Cheng Lock house…
Tun Tan Cheng Lock street formerly known as Hereen Street are uniquely associated with Peranakan House. The original Peranakan House here has been preserved for generation. Street along Tun Tan Cheng Lock are model of Town System of the past. The Narrow street is a one way street with a row of Town Houses some dated back at Dutch period. Now National University of Singapore and Melaka jointly making effort to conserve 2 unit of town house at the street that is no 54-56. Why the 2 units? This is because no 54-56 are belongs to the late Tun Dato’ Sir Tan Cheng Lock. The street name is dedicated to this man. Once was a Malaysian Chinese businessman and a key public figure who devoted his life to fighting for the rights and the social welfare of the Chinese community in Malaya. Tan was also the founder of the Malayan Chinese Association (MCA), which advocated his cause for the Malaysian Chinese population.
NUS team said to Melaka CM that the restoration of the buildings can give people chance to to witness the 19th century Dutch evidence like the old Dutch irrigation system so unique that surpassed the technology at that era.According to NUS source, the buildings were generously donated to the DOA by Tun Tan Cheng Lock’s daughter, Ms Agnes Tan, in 2004. In addition, the National University of Singapore (NUS) received a generous gift of S$4 million from Ms Agnes Tan, the daughter of Tun Tan to acquire a Peranakan house along Neil Road in Singapore in . Another donation of S$1.5 million was made for the purpose of acquiring two other houses along Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock in Malacca for the conservation and promotion of Peranakan architecture and culture in Singapore and Malaysia. The house in Singapore was named as the Tan Cheng Lock Baba House, in honour of Tun Tan’s strong belief in education.
The NUS Team at Tun Tan Cheng Lock Street.