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Malaysian government is foolish again for over-commit to UNESCO

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Those responsible for writing dossier for Penang listing as a world heritage site shall be held responsible for limiting the height of building in the core and buffer zone to 60 ft.

Macau having more high-rise buildings within the heritage zone. UNESCO did not stop any city for having high-rise buildings if your dossier submitted does not commit such limitation in the first place.

Are we going to limit the height of buildings to 60-ft in the inner city of Georgetown for next 500 years? This is called unnecessary over-commit and tie your hands forever to 60-ft limitation.

Shorter hotels keep Penang on Unesco list

KUALA LUMPUR: The United Nations cultural agency will keep the capital of Malaysia’s resort island of Penang on its list of World Heritage Sites after government officials agreed not to allow high-rise hotels.

Malaysian officials voiced fears last year that George Town would lose its status as a World Heritage Site because of plans to develop four hotels that would violate Unesco restrictions on the height of new buildings within the city’s core.

Penang officials approved the plans before Unesco designated George Town as a World Heritage Site in […]