via The Star, 28 December 2019: Comments from Badan Warisan Malaysia and Icomos Malaysia on the need to have better conservation monitoring systems for the Lenggong Valley, which was recently revealed to be in a state of neglect.
The deterioration of the Lenggong Valley archaeological site in Hulu Perak should have been recognised and highlighted during the Periodic Reporting exercise, one of the core conservation monitoring mechanisms of the World Heritage Convention.
Badan Warisan Malaysia past president, Elizabeth Cardosa, said according to Unesco’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) operational guidelines, the periodic reporting exercise was to be undertaken by state parties every six years and submitted to the World Heritage Committee.
“Since its inscription in 2012, there should have been a periodic reporting exercise in either 2017 or 2018.
“If the reporting took place, what was the outcome of the exercise and were these issues picked up in the report?” she said, adding that the exercise would involve the National Heritage Department (NHD), the Perak state government, as well as an expert panel.