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Walls of Gua Tambun vandalised with paint and sketches


Canning assemblyman Wong Kah Woh showing photos of the prehistoric drawings vandalised at Gua Tambun.

Canning assemblyman Wong Kah Woh showing photos of the prehistoric drawings vandalised at Gua Tambun.

THE walls of Gua Tambun, near Ipoh, that are adorned with pre-historic drawings have been vandalised.

Showing some of the photographs taken at the site, Wong Kah Woh (DAP-Canning) said he had been receiving complaints from the public over the matter since last week.

“I believe the pre-historic drawings dating between 3,000 and 12,000 years old have been vandalised for some time now.

“It is very sad that the authorities have not been doing anything about it, when this cave can be a great tourism destination,” he told a press conference at the sidelines of the state assembly sitting on Thursday.

The photographs showed paint, sketches, writings and palm prints on the cave walls, destroying the original pre-historic drawings.

Wong urged state Tourism committee chairman Nolee Ashilin Mohd Radzi to provide answers as to why the heritage site was not preserved, and why efforts were not made to turn the place into a tourism spot.

He said the route leading to the place was also blocked by some irresponsible people, making entry into the cave difficult.

   

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