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BUKIT MALAWATI

At the top of the hill in Kuala Selangor is Kota Malawati, an an­cient fort built by the Me­laka Sul­tanate in the early 16th cen­tury.

The Dutch con­quered Kuala Selangor in 1784 and took con­trol of the fort, re­in­forc­ing it with can­nons and re­nam­ing it to Fort Alt­ings­burg af­ter Willem Arnold Alt­ing, who was Gover­nor­gen­eral of the Dutch East Indies in the late 1700s. A year later, the fortress was re­cap­tured by Sul­tan Ibrahim in a sin­gle night, a ma­jor vic­tory for the lo­cals against a for­eign power. The fortress was later de­stroyed by fight­ing for tin re­sources dur­ing the Selangor Civil War from 1867 to 1874, and the site was later taken over by the Bri­tish.

ALT­INGS­BURG LIGHT­HOUSE

On top of Malawati Hill stands a ma­jes­tic light­house that was built in the year 1907. It is so well main­tained that the light­house is still used to guide ships that sail along the Me­laka Straits, and is lit up daily from 7pm to 6am.

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