The project is not without controversy from the first day its foundation was unearthed by workers constructing the Taming Sari Revolving Tower.
A few parties have voiced conflicting views how best the monument should be preserved.
Ar John Koh in his Badan Warisan column- "The Old Melaka Fort"- even go so far as to accord the site as the next most important archaeological find in the Malay Peninsula after the discovery of Hindu Cendi in Bujang Valley, Kedah.
For hard core conservationists, no viable option is acceptable except to leave the bastion foundation unmolested.
On the other extreme, policy makers were more interested in turning the site into a grand tourism scheme by 'remaking' the bastion.
RM12.8 million and almost a year later and you've another tourist attraction.
Needless to say, critics of the project were aghast at the turn of event.
The entire development took place when no expert could verify the authenticity of bastion design or the height of the wall.
All working reference for the project was based on sketchy illustrations and tell-tales provided by ancient sea farers. Yet the people who mooted the rebuilding task were adamant about giving the project the go-ahead.
Now the bastion project is completed and I am for one tend to agree that maybe the replica could benefit the lay men. It works wonderfully to stir up their imagination of the ancient bastion.
Walk around the structure and you could find a few openings in the ground previously discovered by archaeologists to give visitors some insights about the original foundation.
If you think rebuilding the bastion structure goes against the acceptable heritage norm, then the VOC cannon replicas found on top of the bastion only reinforce the miserable the state of heritage in this country.