Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said that the state’s name was not something that anyone “play around” with as Malacca was a sovereign state.
'Play around'? Yes indeed. Check Wikipedia:
How's your sejarah?
According to a popular legend, Parameswara was resting under a tree near a river while hunting, when one of his dogs cornered a mouse deer. In self-defence, the mouse deer pushed the dog into the river. Impressed by the courage of the deer, and taking it as a propitious omen of the weak overcoming the powerful, Parameswara decided on the spot to found an empire on the very place that he was sitting. He named it 'Melaka' after the tree under which he had taken shelter. Another version of the story says that Parameswara chose the name 'Malacca' from the Tamil word 'mallakka' which means upside down or on ones back. Old illustrations of the scene where the mousedeer kicks the dog shows the dog falling on its back into the river, hence the inspiration. Parameswara converted to Islam in 1414 and changed his name to 'Raja Iskandar Shah'.
I have no idea what they did under the tree. Do you? ;-)
Here are some other origins of the 'sacred' name: