Main Page  I  Northern  I  South  I  East  I  Central  I Sabah & Sarawak  I  Versi B. Melayu  I  BERNAMA.COM

Focus is on preserving heritage sites, generating economic growth - CM

Last Update: 14/10/2019

GEORGE TOWN, Oct 14 -- The Penang state government is focusing on the preservation of heritage sites in George Town while generating economic resources for the state to safeguard its future.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the recognition of George Town as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) had managed to attract the interest of various parties to collaborate in developing the city’s heritage sites since 10 years ago.

"The state government's focus now is to maintain the outstanding universal values in making George Town a more vibrant city with economic value, besides preserving the local culture and heritage,” he told reporters after attending the Asia-Pacific Heritage 20/20 Forum, here, today.

Chow said conferring the (World Heritage Site) status on George Town had saved Penang from a critical economic downturn following repeal of the Rent Control Act 1997 in year 2000, which resulted in the neglect of buildings following the migration of some residents to outside the city.

"However, each achievement brings a new challenge as in some instances, the heritage value has been eroded due to commercialisation. Traditional businesses and skills also disappeared due to the migration,” he added.



Brace for second wave of floods, evacuate when ordered - Kelantan cops


Pangkor Island ready to embrace duty-free status


Floods: 19 people evacuated in Kota Tinggi


Only 297 evacuees in Kelantan as flood situation improves


.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .


© 2019 BERNAMA. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer | Privacy Policy| Security Policy
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in any form except with the prior
written permission of BERNAMA. Best viewed in Firefox 35.0.1 & Internet Explorer 8.0 with 1024 x 768 resolution