A state minister in Malaysia has criticised the federal government of Malaysia for not protecting the Bujang Valley in Kedah as a heritage site.
Ramasamy furious Bujang Valley not yet a heritage site
FMT News, 22 April 2016
Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy has slammed the federal government for not preserving the historical Bujang Valley in Kedah by gazetting it as a heritage site.
The DAP leader was responding to a recent report in The Sun that a group of local university students were found playing “station games” atop a candi (ancient tomb or temple built during the Hindu and Buddhist periods) at the Archaeological Museum there.
“Despite the monuments there dating back more than 2000 years, the site has not received the kind of attention that is due from the Malaysian government.
“While the Bujang Valley has not been gazetted as a heritage site despite many requests, the ancient monuments and sites face the danger of being abused or even demolished by unscrupulous land developers,” he said in a statement today, citing the demolition of a reconstructed candi by a developer to make way for a housing project in the valley, several years ago.
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Source: Mizzima 20140419
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Evidence of looting in Angkor. Source: The Cambodia Daily 20140618
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The Ho Citadel. Source: Viet Nam News 20140608
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Source: Detik.com 20140505
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Detik.com, 05 May 2014
Article is in Bahasa Indonesia
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photo credit: k0a1a.net
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Soldiers cleaning Borobudur - Jakarta Globe 20101111
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