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Nominate Batu Caves to world heritage site is just another political stunt by UMNO

This below database was pulled out from Unesco’s website about the world heritage sites tentative list.

State Party: Malaysia
Last Revision: 04/01/2010
Current number of Tentative List sites: 2 Properties
States Parties that currently have Tentative Lists: 1 States

Lanjak Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary (LEWS) and Batang Ai National Park (BANP) (23/06/2004)

The Taman Negara National Park of Peninsular Malaysia (25/06/2004)

Rais’s ministry has taken no action to ensure Lanjak Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary, Batang Ai National Park and Taman Negara which are in the tentative list since 2004 are nominated under the first-come-first-served basis.

Besides, Sabah is not allowed to submit Maliau Basin and other national parks in Sabah to Unesco for the nomination of world heritage sites unless the land titles for the said properties are transferred to Federal Government.

Let’s wait and see the same condition will be applied to Batu Caves or not.

Without the full cooperation from PR government on land issue, the Federal government has no way to convince Unesco that Batu Caves’ nomination is fully supported by all stakeholders.

No doubt, Batu Caves is a potential candidate to be listed as a world heritage site with its amazing natural and cultural assets. But I also wish to remind our PM that Kek Lok Si and Bukit Bendera in Penang are another potential candidates for the world heritage site listing as well.

Before a site or property can be considered for world heritage site nomination, it has to submit as a tentative site to Unesco first before the full recognition at its annual meeting.

The Batu Caves has to be submitted to tentative list first by this year or next year if the site wanted to be considered for world heritage site nomination by 2015 provided the dossier and field site audits are approved and accepted by Unesco.

In order to bait Indian votes, Sarawak, Sabah and Pahang states are shortchanged by BN Federal Government.

Therefore, Sarawakians and Sabahans should teach BN a lesson that their votes are more valuable than or at least equal with Malaysian Indian votes.

PM: We’ll scrap Batu Caves project if we win Selangor

HOLY SITE: Govt will submit complex for submission to World Heritage List in 2015

The government is taking steps to protect Batu Caves in recognition of its status as a religious and cultural site.

KUALA LUMPUR: PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday said the condominium project near the Hindu temple complex in Batu Caves will be scrapped if Barisan Nasional regained Selangor in the next general election.

He said the cabinet would also apply to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) to have Batu Caves considered as a World Heritage Site.

“We are taking these steps to protect and strengthen Batu Caves, a site that holds religious significance for the Indian Hindu community, not just in Malaysia, but worldwide,” he said at the MIC Deepavali open house in Batu Caves yesterday.

He said the government would make an official submission to list the site in 2015, when Malaysia’s membership in the UN World Heritage Committee expires. This is to avoid a conflict of interest.

Najib’s announcement comes amid a public outcry against the 29-storey condominium project, which is being developed in limestone hills near the temple complex.

A temporary stop-work order has been issued by the opposition-led Selangor government pending a study into the project’s effects on the surrounding land.

Najib said: “The Batu Caves complex needs to be protected and defended from anything that might threaten its position as a sacred and revered site for Hindus.”

He said the Barisan Nasional government had always fulfilled its promises.

More than 10,000 people of various backgrounds thronged Batu Caves yesterday to join in the celebration, with some arriving as early as 9am to enjoy the Indian dishes.

Najib, who arrived at 10.30am, was greeted by MIC president Datuk G. Palanivel.

Wishing the nation a Happy Deepavali, Najib said the festive atmosphere in Batu Caves reflected the 1Malaysia spirit.

“Respect, regardless of race, culture or religion, forms the basis of our country.

“It is this spirit that strengthens cooperation and unity between the different groups, and allows us to join in these celebrations together.”

He announced that the Deepavali public holiday had been extended to Labuan, even though there were few Hindus in the Federal Territory.

“We have taken this step as a symbolic gesture to all Malaysians in Labuan.

“We feel that, as part of the Federal Territories, they deserve to enjoy Deepavali with the rest of the country.”

Palanivel voiced his happiness with the large turnout, saying it was a sign that the public’s confidence in BN was returning.

“Whenever we organise events, thousands turn up. Support for BN is coming back, no doubt about it,” he said after extending his Deepavali greetings.

Palanivel said listing Batu Caves as a world heritage site showed that the government recognised the complex’s historical and religious significance.

He praised the central government’s efforts to protect Batu Caves and called on the Selangor administration to stop the condominium project.

“The project threatens the safety of Batu Caves because the limestone hills nearby may not be able to support the development. It might not happen now, but when you have such high-rise buildings, there is always a grave danger that the land will crumble.”

Information, Culture and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim echoed Palanivel’s sentiments.

“The Selangor government should work with the federal leadership to redevelop the project.”

Rais said the cabinet’s decision to declare Batu Caves a heritage site was a recognition of the complex’s role as the centre of religious celebrations for Hindus.

“It is also part of our efforts to expand and protect our national heritage.”

Present were Malaysia’s special ambassador to India and South Asia Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar, Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Minister Datuk Seri Raja Nong Chikand BN party leaders.

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aizat says:

nkkhoo

do you have that picture of Najib on a billboard at Batu Caves that is bigger than Lord Murugan statue?

Good if you could publish it.

nkkhoo says:

You should able to google it.