Community-based urban regeneration organisation Think City is looking forward to better days thanks to a RM10mil allocation by the Government under Budget 2020.
Its managing director Hamdan Abdul Majeed said that with the allocation, Think City would continue to address urban challenges.
“Our role has been that of a catalyst by planting ideas and enabling communities through capacity building.
“While intangible heritage like food remains intact, there are other threats to George Town like increasing property prices, climate change and over-tourism, ” he said during the Asia Pacific Heritage 20/20 Forum at UAB Building in Gat Lebuh China recently.
The forum in Penang also saw the presentation of Unesco Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.
A total of 170 representatives and guests from countries including Australia, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Iran, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand and Korea attended the event.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, in his opening speech, said the state would make a fervent attempt to position Penang as a centre of culture.
“Cultural heritage is a resource that needs to be protected and carefully managed, ” he said.
Unesco Bangkok director Shigeru Aoyagi said heritage connected people among themselves and with important figures in the past.
“If we do not take action to preserve our heritage and culture, future generations will suffer as they will not know about the past, ” he said.
The event was hosted by Think City to mark the seventh Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-7) from Oct 15 to 17.