Spotlight on historical heritage to draw tourists

Nor Fuad with the Mini Clean Zone Appreciation Award winners at the MBSA Convention Centre. — Photos: SS KANESAN/The Star

OLD structures are testimony to an area’s cultural significance as they give people a connection to the past.

Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) plans to highlight such historical heritage within the city.

Mayor Dr Nor Fuad Abdul Hamid said old buildings with their original structure still intact add character to the area.

They bring economic investments as well as attract tourists if their historical value is promoted, he said.

“Shah Alam will be celebrating its 50th anniversary as a city in 2028.

“One of the city’s plans is to identify, enhance, preserve and promote its historical resources. It is important to retrace heritage areas which will allow us to retrace steps that led to the achievement of city status,” he added.

Nor Fuad said Shah Alam used to be an oil palm plantation.

“We want the people to know how an oil palm plantation evolved into being Shah Alam,” he said at the Mini Clean Zone Appreciation Ceremony, nicknamed Mini Zee Bee, at the MBSA Convention Centre in Section 13, Shah Alam.

He said MBSA had numerous discussions with other authorities in the country to understand how the councils narrated the history of their respective areas.

“We also want to see Sungai Klang’s role in Shah Alam’s growth.

“MBSA needs to see how traditional villages and Sungai Air Kuning Dam can be highlighted as tourist attractions.

“There is a dam in the Botanical Garden under the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) that was built in the 1930s. It supplied water to residents in Klang district at the time.

“It is still in good condition and we plan to turn it into a tourist attraction, but we need to discuss this with DID,” he elaborated.

Earlier at the event, Nor Fuad presented RM28,000 in prizes to the Mini Clean Zone Appreciation competition winners for keeping their neighbourhood clean and for having mini edible gardens.

Three residents’ associations received RM1,000 in cash and an appreciation certificate each.

Eight residents’ associations received RM2,000 in cash prizes and an appreciation certificate, while another three residents’ associations received RM3,000 in cash prizes and an appreciation certificate each.

The Mini Clean Zone Appreciation competition was introduced in 2013 to all residents representative councils.

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