via Malay Mail, 07 October 2022: The move follows the uproar over the illegal demolition of a heritage tomb in Penang. Having a heritage council would have helped then!
The Penang government has approved the setting up of a state heritage council, six years after the Penang Heritage Enactment was gazetted.
Penang tourism and creative economy committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said the approval was made during a recent state executive council meeting.
“We will be making an announcement on this soon,” he told a press conference today when asked about the status of the heritage council.
Two weeks ago, Penang Heritage Commissioner Rosli Nor disclosed that the state is yet to establish its state heritage council as required under the Penang Heritage Enactment 2011 (Regulation 2016).
The Penang Heritage Enactment, gazetted in 2016, states that a Penang Heritage Council is to be established to advise the state authority on any matters relating to the preservation, conservation and protection of cultural or natural heritage in the state.