Malacca seeks 'divorce' from Georgetown

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The Chief Minister of Malacca has threatened to seek a ‘divorce’ from Penang’s Georgetown under their joint World Heritage listing, after last week’s revelation that some construction works in Georgetown may contravene the guidelines set by UNESCO. While the potential for the World Heritage title to be stripped is real, the controversy and war of words might be just overplayed in the local media and it could all just be simple politicking between the ruling party (under Malacca), against the opposition-controlled Georgetown.

Colonial Building
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Historic Melaka digs way into more of its past

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07 June 2007 (Travel Video Television News) – While this news piece reports nothing new, it ties up the restoration of the fort in Malacca with tourism and the bid to list Malacca as a world heritage site.

Historic Melaka digs way into more of its past

The Malaysian government is setting its focus on Melaka’s treasures.

Malaysia’s historic state Melaka is digging its way into its past to uncover more artifacts buried since the Portuguese landed in the then world sea port trading post in the 16th century.

The unexpected discovery of a fort’s remnants dating back to the 15th century is expected to enhance historic Melaka’s listing as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Read more about Malacca’s place in the Malaysian plan for tourism and heritage.