The foundation stone for the Melaka State Legislative
Assembly building was laid on August 31st 1961 by the Governor of
Melaka, TYT Tun Haji Abdul Malek bin Yusuf S.M.N., D.M.K. In this
Assembly building, legislative and financial bills were introduced,
debated and voted upon.
The State Legislative Assembly moved to its new
premises in Ayer Keroh as the old premises had proved to be inadequate
to house the assembly and the supporting administrative infrastructure.
It was then decided that the building that had
housed an important institution of a democratic system of government
- The State Assembly - for 40 years, would house a museum to trace
the development and practice of parliamentary democracy in independent
It is hoped that the establishment of this museum
would give Malaysians and foreign visitors alike a greater insight
into the Malaysia's constitutional system of government.
A Speaker, who is elected by the members of the
House, chairs the Legislative Assembly. The legislative members
are themselves elected by the people during an election held once
every five years or after the dissolution of the Assembly. Those
eligible to stand for election have to be a Melaka residents and
over the age of 21.