Aboard the Jewel of Muscat

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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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Wednesday Rojak #65 – The Malaysian edition

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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
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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
photo credit: nimbu

Go ahead, divorce us, says Penang’s CM
The New Straits Times, 30 November 2008

Malacca unhappy with Penang
The Straits Times, 29 November 2008 

Malacca seeks for a ‘divorce’
The Star, 28 November 2008

M’cca may ‘divorce’ Georgetown over heritage status
The Star, 27 November 2008
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Development plans endanger Georgetown's World Heritage Status

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To build or not to build? Development projects in the World Heritage Site of Georgetown, Penang may conflict with the guidelines set by the world heritage committee, endangering its new status. It is important to note that Penang is now controlled by the Malaysian opposition after elections earlier this year, and so the idea that Georgetown might have to choose between losing its World Heritage Status or settling lawsuits worth millions of dollars might turn out to be a political hot potato in the near future.

Old Building
photo credit: nimbu

Heritage at stake: Unesco status or high rise dilemma for Penang
The Star, 20 November 2008

Penang wants to retain George Town’s heritage status
The Star, 20 November 2008
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World Heritage Update: Preah Vihear also included

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The details are sketchy, but it seems that Cambodia was successful in getting to controversial border temple Preah Vihear listed in the World Heritage List, despite Thailand’s objections. The news has come out on some of the news agencies and on the Bangkok Post, but at this point there still isn’t anything from the UNESCO website.

Quebec meeting lists temple as Heritage Site
Bangkok Post, 08 July 2008

Unesco accepts George Town and Malacca as World Heritage Sites
The Star, 08 July 2008
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Congratulations to Malacca and Georgetown for receiving World Heritage status!

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At long last, the historic cities of Malacca and Georgetown have been inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage list!

Ker Lok See Temple
photo credit: krismartis

Eight new sites, from the Straits of Malacca, to Papua New Guinea and San Marino, added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List
UNESCO World Heritage Centre, 7 July 2008
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