Concern over Selangor heritage

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  • Saturday, 04 Dec 2004

PETALING JAYA: Many heritage buildings in Selangor now lie in a state of neglect after they were either destroyed during World War II or demolished without notice, according to the Badan Warisan Malaysia heritage conservation group. 

Citing the demolished Bukit Kota palace in Klang, the group's president Tan Sri Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid said the site now housed the headquarters of the Klang Municipal Council. 

Ahmad Sarji gave examples of other landmarks that had disappeared. 

They included the Kuala Lumpur Museum, which was bombed during the war. The measured drawing of the building was also missing. 

Ahmad Sarji said the Astana Puri in Klang and the Eastern Hotel building in Kuala Lumpur were demolished, without notice, in the wee hours of the morning in 1990. 

He revealed this at the launch of the sixth edition of the Heritage Asia journal, which focused on Selangor, at the Tropicana Golf and Country Club here yesterday. 

The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, launched the edition at the event which also exhibited artefacts and historical materials on the state provided by the Sultan Alam Shah Museum. 

Ahmad Sharji said he recently obtained from the Cambridge University library a photograph depicting a former district officer's residence in Jugra, which was a two-storey building with mock Tudor timbering. He said the building has since been demolished. 

More recently, he said, the district officer's residence in Klang was also demolished. 

Another missing landmark was Kota Raja Mahadi, he said, adding that the remains of the gateway now lead to a car park.  

He also raised the group's concern for the future of a famous planter's bungalow, Maison Des Palmes

On a more positive note, Ahmad Sarji said Golden Hope Plantations Berhad has undertaken the restoration and preservation of heritage bungalows on Carey Island, in accordance with developing it as a Heritage Island.  

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