Interim protection sought for ashram

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  • Friday, 09 Jan 2015

Iconic building: The bronze statue of Swami Vivekananda, one of India’s greatest religious and social philosophers, stands in front of the Vivekananda Ashram in Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields. The ashram was built to honour Vivekananda, who visited Malaya in 1893. — filepic

THE National Heritage Commission has applied for an interim protection order under Section 33 of the National Heritage Act 2005 to protect the century-old Vivekananda Ashram from any immediate threat while the department processes its application to gazette the iconic structure in Brickfields as a heritage building.

Heritage Commissioner Dr Zainah Ibrahim confirmed the move via text message, saying that the order had been served on the trustees of the ashram. She also said Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib had been notified of the move.

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