via The Star, 30 Mar 2019: Death by Unesco-listing is not new, and I’ve previously featured stories about the negative effects of World Heritage status to other sites in the region (see here and here).
It has been 11 years since George Town was recognised as a Unesco World Heritage site. However, the city is now paying the price for its unique status.
The numerous transformations to make it appealing to the middle class have made its original residents leave the old city for the suburbs, and this is threatening to derail its universal values.
Besides the everyday traffic, tourists arriving by the busload, especially during the holiday seasons, are making the narrow roads congested.
The designer cafes, hotels, stalls and souvenir shops that have sprouted up in recent times are not helping the situation either.
Scores of residents have moved out, selling their heritage properties to foreign investors.
Statistics by Think City, a community-focused urban regeneration organisation here, showed that traditional communities in the heritage area are fast disappearing.
via the Malay Mail, 03 October 2018: Last week I was in Penang attending the Managing Urban Cultural Heritage conference and listening on many interesting perspectives about conservation in the World Heritage town of George Town. Here are some news stories from the conference.
General Manager of George Town World Heritage Incorporated Dr Ang Ming Chee address the crowd in the forum on Challanges and Opportunities in The World Heritage Site Management during the 2018 International Conference on Managing Urban Cultural Heritage at Bayview Hotel Georgetown. PICTURE BY SAYUTI ZAINUDIN. Source: Malay Mail 20181003
George Town has the potential to be a centre of excellence in heritage that encompasses various disciplines, said George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI) general manager Ang Ming Chee.
The George Town world heritage site manager has plans to make the city a centre for objects and collection conservation, living heritage, creative industry, disaster risk reduction and cultural heritage.
GEORGE TOWN: The controversy surrounding the development of Sia Boey (old Prangin market) and the Prangin Canal has again sparked anger among heritage activists, this time with allegations that excavation works were being carried out illegally at the site.
GTWHI, in a statement yesterday, clarified that they were not carrying out any excavation works in Sia Boey, adding that its management has adhered to the proper procedure and protocol.
The Jewel of Muscat is in Georgetown for its last stopover before heading for her final destination, Singapore! Today, I got a chance to go aboard the Jewel of Muscat and talk to project director Dr. Tom Vosmer to get an idea of the inner workings of this replica of a 9th century Arab ship and the journey from Oman thus far.
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The Jewel of Muscat is heading for Georgetown at the end of the month, and we’re getting a chance to go onboard to see this fabulous replica of an Arab trading vessel! Do you have any questions you would like to ask about the Jewel of Muscat and her crew?
We’ve got a lot a stories from Malaysia in this week’s edition of Rojak – from the World Heritage Sites of Malacca and Georgetown, to the fates of some of the orang asli (aborigines) and the aftermath of the culture theft incident. photo credit: a.r.hilmi Read More