The historic Pudu Jail with heritage link to KL city is finally torn down by BN government.
The greedy without limit under BN government has eradicated many heritages in KL city to make it a soulless place.
The next target is Petaling Street to make Chinese footprints disappear from KL city.
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.
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Kandy is a tranquil city with superb air quality and lush green environment. Its main attractions are Buddha sacred tooth temple and Kandy annual cultural festival.
I was stayed in Kandy for a year in 1998 as an expat for a US company. I hope I will visit the city in future.
The only drawback is no night entertainment and only one Chinese restaurant operated by locals was available at that time.
My running nose chronic illness since my childhood was fully cured after my stay in Kandy. I was not realized my illness was cured until I back to Malaysia. This is an invaluable gift I got from Kandy.
Kandy a garden city with ancient buildings
By Shanika Pitigala Sunday, 11 November 2012
The clock ticks, reminding that times passes by, second by second, minute by minute and on and on. Changes taking place every second and at the blink of any eye. Centuries have gone by, ruling passed on from Kings to Kings and then to governments, leaving for us in the many structures, a glimpse what it was in the many many decades ago.
Walking along the shady paths, I try to picture how this ancient city would have looked during the times of ancient kings. Kandy, the last kingdom in Sri Lanka until ceding to the British, is surrounded by natural defenses making it difficult for invaders to reach and endowed with lush green surroundings, is as beautiful now, as it was then.
The British, who ruled for several decades, built new structures in the hill capital, Maha Nuwara, and the city began to take on a more English look, in its own way. Today, after many decades, Kandy, has not lost its beauty with the passing of time.
Dalada Maligawa, the main attraction of Kandy, a World Heritage Site now holds the Sacred Tooth Relic of Gautama Buddha; has a great history and is a treasure trove of architectural importance. Though, damaged by an explosion, the structure still stands majestic opposite the Kandy Lake and is held in reverence by all. Are words needed to describe the architecture and the craftsmanship of the Maligawa?
Walking further down the street one comes across, the Queens Hotel, situated right opposite the Temple of the Tooth Relic, an example of excellence in British architecture. Originally the Governor’s residence, a small part of the building was set aside for house troops and later became the main complex of the Ceylon Riffle Regiment and then converted into one of the finest hotels in Kandy. A walk along its corridors, as one gets a glimpse of the Kandy Lake an indescribable feeling overtakes, taking one back in time, to think of how it would have been during the days of the British when armed troops were marching the corridors where military plans were being made?
The Lake is significantly attractive with the view of the Maligawa. The Kandy Museum formerly home to the Kandyan royal concubines is another star attraction. St Paul’s Church, located right beside the Maligawa, is a great construction which has adorned this city corner for over 150 years. It was by chance that I had the privilege many years back to walk in and out of the doors, of this church, to look right across, through the colored glasses.
Kandy is home to over 400 ancient building that are listed under Heritage Sites, with another 192 buildings being listed as Archaeological Buildings, a small town but rich in architecture. One might wonder, are there so many, well yes, there are, but the doubt is as to whether they are being conserved properly.
As for the streets of Kandy, a large number of new buildings have come up making it more and more congested. The streets that were built to accommodate only about 16 horse carriages now accommodate nearly 55,000 vehicles a day.
The Lake, the Maligawa, and the Queens Hotel, remain almost the same in appearance, depicting a rich and proud culture and also reminding us of the British rulers. There are many other buildings but they have not been mentioned here, as the list is far too long. Some of them were constructed during the days of the British while some in and around Kandy dates to a period before the British – mansions that belonged to the landed gentry, also the temples and other religious constructions.
There are several very old houses, within the Kandy city limits, which have stood for generations, but are now being pulled down as Kandy gets more and more commercialized.
The lush greenery of the city surroundings are now being converted to concrete with the felling of trees and construction of hotels and other commercial buildings. However, the city which has earned a World Heritage Site listing needs to be taken greater care of, its ancient buildings preserved, to look as they did a hundred years ago, to another hundred years to come.
Courtesy of The Nation, http://www.nation.lk/edition/news-features/item/12394-kandy-a-garden-city-with-ancient-buildings.html
I cannot agree with Ng Wei Aik to let locals only to decide on SAP. The world heritage status will be revoked by Unesco very soon if locals only are allowed to decide. The locals will put their individual interests like making more money above the public interest.
I also cannot agree on too ideal plan from the consultants who are living in the ivory tower. Relocate old business premises to a new designated zone is not an easy task without the financial assistance from the government.
Vigan City is a good example for Georgetown to benchmark on how to manage and balance the needs of locals and heritage preservation.
YB LGE, let send your staff from George Town World Heritage Inc to Vigan City for a field study.
Locals should decide on heritage zone plan: Ng
Bernard Cheah at the Penang State assembly
GEORGE TOWN (Nov 6, 2012): The premises owners living within the George Town area should be the one to decide if they support the state’s Special Area Plan (SAP) for the Unesco World Heritage Zone.
Ng Wei Aik (DAP – Komtar) said it is best for the residents residing within the zone to decide through a referendum, if they are for or against the plan, as such zoning might cause businesses to go out of operation.
“We have 4,665 premises in the area, and each owner should be given a vote to either support or reject the SAP,” he said.
Ng was of the opinion that the consultants of these projects, who are non-Penangites, are too idealistic and less realistic, causing them to ignore the needs of the locals in the area.
“According to the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP), most of the George Town area is used for commercial purposes.
“However, with the SAP, a lot of old activities in the area will be disallowed,” he said.
Ng pointed out that funeral parlours in Lebuh Carnarvon and Penang Bowl would not be allowed to be operated under this SAP.
“Can we be sure that those (consultants) who are not from Penang understand the local sentiments?” he asked, alleging that the SAP could, instead of attracting people, would repel them away from the city.
He said that a lot of updating needs to be done to the SAP before it is submitted to Unesco before March 2013.
Vigan city with limited financial resources has proved with the result that money is not number one factor in preserving a historic city. The community participation is more important to make a city livable and cost effective in preserving its culture and heritage.
With the unhealthy trend is seen in Penang and Melaka heritage cities, I predict both cities will be another soulless ghost cities by 2020.
Vigan, Philippines recognized for best practice in World Heritage site management
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The Historic Town of Vigan (Philippines), inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1999, has been recognized as a model of best practices in World Heritage site management, at the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention. The distinction will be officially announced and a certificate presented to the Mayor of Vigan, Ms Eva Marie S. Medina, during the closing event of the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention in Kyoto, Japan, on 8 November.
Vigan’s successful and sustainable management has been achieved with relatively limited resources, which should make it adaptable to sites in all countries; the local community is well integrated into many aspects of the sustainable conservation and management of the property; and a multi-faceted approach to the protection of the site has been developed.
Recognizing and rewarding best practice in World Heritage site management on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention was called for by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in Paris, France in 2011. Twenty-three countries participated by sending in proposals for 28 World Heritage sites, both cultural and natural. Submissions were reviewed by a selection committee mandated by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.