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Published: Wednesday December 11, 2013 MYT 5:13:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday December 11, 2013 MYT 7:55:28 PM

Candi controversy: Developer Bandar Saujana to rebuild structure it demolished

ALOR SETAR: The demolished candi number 11 in Sungai Batu, Lembah Bujang will be rebuilt by the developer soon on the same site, said Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir.

The Kedah Mentri Besar said Bandar Saujana Sdn Bhd, had also agreed to bear the cost of rebuilding the structure, which the company had demolished for a housing development project.

Mukhriz said he had received a report from a special committee set up to investigate the matter, which stated they received good cooperation from the developer during investigations.

“They (developer) regret their action and have agreed to cordon off the site from the housing development project.

“The company has also agreed to rebuild the candi structure based on the original plan, at the original site 11,” he told newsmen after chairing the state executive council meeting here Wednesday.

Bandar Saujana reportedly said it did not know it was a historical site until after it was reported in the media.

The project came to a standstill following a temporary stop work order by the Kedah Government on Dec 2.

Mukhriz said the state government had directed that any development on private land with historical remnants had to first obtain state approval and feedback from the National Heritage Department to avoid a similar incident from recurring.

Mukhriz also said the state will submit to a dossier to Unesco to list Lembah Bujang as a World Heritage Site by the end of 2014.

However, he said that one important criterion was to providing carbon dating on the sites.

“We need to complete this carbon dating first before we can send a dossier with the latest academic study on the valley to Unesco," he said, adding that it was required to assess the age of remnants at the site.

Tags / Keywords: Candi controversey, Lembah Bujang, Mukhriz, Candi 11, Kedah, Bandar Saujana Sdn Bhd

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