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Georgetown needs a pragmatic and workable SAP, not solely from locals or consultants.

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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 […]