Tan remained undeterred and during Clementi’s next visit to Malacca, he further pressed the issue. This time round, he attempted to put forward a stronger case and to this end, “by a remarkable coincidence is the fine appearance. .. of. .. no fewer than ten ships riding at anchor” in the harbour. In the Council meeting in the Malacca Court House, he took the opportunity to draw the members’ attention to the many ships in the harbour and restated the case for the harbour at Pulau Jawa which he now christened, rather flatteringly, “the Clementi Scheme”. Clementi, however, remained unmoved. In 1934, in the third and last Legislative Council Meeting conducted in Malacca by him, Clementi finally dashed Tan’s dream by stating that the “die-hard element” working for the revival of Malacca as an entrepot was fighting the irresistible tide of decline. ” Malacca, he declared, had lost its transit trade and Malaccans had better turned their eyes inland. Thus, Tan failed miserably in the Malaccan subject closest to his heart because his scheme was an unrealistic one. Malacca had irretrievably passed her prime. Historically, her domain had shrunk and geographically, the quaint, little Malacca River with “a brown liquid three parts water and one part earth” could not hope to compete with Penang, Port Swettenham or Singapore.