Outrage over Sia Boey again

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via The Star, 06 June 2018:

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.

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George Town, Malacca and Preah Vihear celebrate anniversary of inscription

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One year after their inscription, how are the two new Southeast Asian World Heritage sites faring? Cambodia is celebrating with particular pride, after all the ill-will the listing has brought about against neighbouring Thailand. In Malaysia, worries about George Town (and therefore Malacca) will lose its heritage status are eased as an agreement has come with some developers to limit the height of their proposed constructions.

Cambodia marks anniversary of temple’s world heritage listing
AFP, 07 July 2009

Pride party for Preah Vihear
Phnom Penh Post, 06 July 2009

Border troops break bread
Phnom Penh Post, 06 July 2009

Penang stays on Unesco list
AP, via Straits Times, 01 July 2009

Malacca and George Town stay on Heritage list
The Sun, 29 June 2009
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Indonesia and Malaysia pledge to collaborate on World Heritage Sites

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A short blurb in The Star indicates that Indonesia and Malaysia are planning to collaborate on an integrated tourism package to promote the World Heritage Sites of Penang, Malacca and Borobudur. No further details were mentioned, but the programme looks like it’s aimed at raising the tourist numbers visiting the three sites, rather than plans to help conserve and manage tourists on site.

Jogjakarta Trip
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Indonesia, M’sia to collaborate on heritage sites
The Star, 11 May 2009
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Penang sets up panel for management of George Town

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A 41-member panel made up of heritage and conservation experts has been set up and will meet later this week to discuss the managment of Malaysia’s World Heritage Site, George Town.

The Church.
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Heritage advisory panel set up for George Town
The Star, 09 August 2008

Penang forms committee to assist in heritage management plan
Bernama, via NST, 09 August 2008

Penang seeks soft loan for conservation
The Star 09 August 2008
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The 2008 World Heritage Southeast Asian roundup

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Internet troubles (and I’ve been having a lot of them lately) have prevented me from posting the later half of last week, so here’s a roundup of the aftermath to our new Southeast Asian World Heritage sites. Georgetown and Malacca are preparing for huge celebrations and making arrangements to uphold their newfound status, while tensions have not abated over the border temple of Preah Vihear.

Singin' the blues
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Malacca and Penang asked to resubmit application for world heritage site bid

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18 July 2007 (The Star) – Malaysia’s bid to put two of its historic towns up for inclusion into the World Heritage Site list meets with a slight delay.

Malacca, Penang asked to resubmit heritage site applications to Unesco

Malacca and Penang’s George Town never failed in their application to be listed as Unesco heritage sites, state Tourism, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Rahaman Ab Karim clarified.

He said Unesco also never rejected any application from both states.

Abdul Rahaman said the states were only asked to resubmit the applications according to Unesco’s latest format.

“The Unesco World Heritage Committee which met last June in Christchurch has accepted our dossier to include both places for review,” he told Gan Tian Loo (BN – Duyong) at the state assembly yesterday.

As such, he hoped that there would be no more confusion on the matter.

He said the countries that agreed to have Malacca and George Town listed as heritage sites included India, Cambodia, the Netherlands and several African countries.

Read on about the bid to list Malacca and Penang as World Heritage Sites.