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Wednesday December 4, 2013 MYT 9:53:00 AM
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by rahmah ghazali
Picture of the candi Sungai Batu at the Lembah Bujang Archaeological Museum.
PETALING JAYA: Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir is now appearing to downplay the destruction of candi 11 in Sungai Batu, Lembah Bujang, saying it was merely a structural base and not even part of the original structure.
"It is not like a structure that is still standing tall like (ancient temples in Indonesia and Cambodia) Borobudur/Angkor Wat," he said in his personal Twitter account Wednesday.
He said the destroyed candi was not as ancient as the rest as it was actually a base that was rebuilt in 1974 with river stones, laterite and bricks.
Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir
Mukhriz also said that out of 17 registered Lembah Bujang candi, only the 11th candi was destroyed.
"Not all 17 candi were destroyed," he said, adding that excavation and iron smelting works were currently being carried out by Universiti Sains Malaysia archaeologists.
"Please see it for yourself," he said, and further implied that the DAP-led Penang government had done nothing to protect its ancient sites.
"What is the Penang government doing to protect the prehistoric sites of 5000-year-old Guar Kepah? Planting jackfruit and growing nest swiftlet?" he tweeted.
Mukhriz's tweets came a day after he called for the site to be gazetted to prevent further loss, following the inadvertent destruction of the ancient tomb temple by a housing developer.
"We place utmost importance in preserving heritage sites in the state. And we are saddened by the recent destruction of candi 11," he was quoted saying Tuesday.
The Kedah state government had also imposed a stop-work order in a move to protect the historical site.
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