Malaysian state offers expertise to Brunei in listing World Heritage Sites

Th Chief Minister of the state of Malacca has offered help to Brunei for UNESCO World Heritage listing. Malacca, along with Georgetown in Penang were jointly named World Heritage Sites in 2008.

Melaka Offers Aid In Listing Brunei Heritage Sites
04 May 2010

The Malaysian state of Melaka has offered to share its expertise with Brunei Darussalam in the Sultanate’s efforts to declare its tourist spots a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).

Chief Minister of Melaka Datuk Seri Hj Mohd All Mohd Rustam said this during a press conference on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of a tourism promotion travel mart and seminar for the “Come to Melaka” travel roadshow.

The chief minister successfully made a bid to get Melaka, a historic city that is about 150 km from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, listed as a World Heritage Site in July 2008.

“We can offer our expertise because we have well-qualified people in the Museum Heritage Department. I can get them to come to Brunei and talk to the relevant ministries on how Melaka managed to get into the listings, and Brunei can take the same steps. We can act as the facilitator or advisor,” said the chief minister.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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