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Published: Sunday December 8, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday December 8, 2013 MYT 10:14:39 AM

Kedah may relocate some Lembah Bujang candi

KUALA LUMPUR: Kedah is looking into relocating significant structures from the ancient Lembah Bujang civilisation that is scattered over a 200km square area to a single site.

Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said it would be more practical to assemble the structures in one location, as the ruins and remnants from the oldest civilisation in the region were scattered “too far and wide”.

“I want Kedahans to rest assured that our heritage as the oldest civilisation in the whole of Malaysia will be celebrated,” he said.

Describing himself as a history buff, Mukhriz said it would be wonderful if replicas of the original structures could be rebuilt despite the absence of images of the sprawling complex that had existed as far back as the first century.

Contrary to popular belief, Mukhriz said the structures found in Lembah Bujang were similar to those found in Bali as opposed to India.

Mukhriz said with the help of the Federal Government, the state could look into preserving as many structures as possible.

“We are looking forward to discovering new historical artefacts and structures,” he said.

Interest in the ancient civilisation of Lembah Bujang was rekindled recently following public outbursts against a developer who destroyed candi number 11 in Sungai Batu.

The authorities have since stepped in to save the structures.

“Many more ruined bases have been found. It could be bases of candi, tombs or houses,” he said.

Mukhriz also took a swipe at Penang deputy chief minister Prof P. Ramasamy who had criticised the Kedah government for allegedly not doing enough to preserve Lembah Bujang.

He shot back, saying the Penang Government did nothing to preserve the Guar Kepah pre-historic site.

Archaeologist Prof Dr Mohktar Saidin said two of the three Stone Age sites in Guar Kepah had been destroyed and replaced with a padi field, jackfruit orchard and road.

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Tags / Keywords: Government, bujang, Candi, Lembah Bujang, Kedah, Bujang Valley, Demolition

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