SEREMBAN: The Seri Menanti Old Palace in Kuala Pilah is one of three Negri Sembilan historical buildings and objects that have been included in the National Heritage registry.
State culture and Malay customs committee chairman, Abd Razak Ab Said, said the palace was gazetted as a national heritage in 2009 in conjunction with the building’s 100th anniversary.
The other two sites in the state, namely Takhta Rencana and Pengkalan Kempas, were included in the national heritage list this year.
“National Heritage such as the A-Famosa, National Monument, Kuala Lumpur Railway Station building and Merdeka Stadium should be treasured as they have been inherited from past generations and these heritage sites have become popular tourist attractions.
“Preserving a national heritage is important to create a spirit of patriotism and love for our homeland,” Abd Razak said.
The Seri Menanti Old Palace, built between 1902 and 1908 from timber without using any nails, has been turned into a royal museum.
Takhta Rencana is a special throne in Seri Menanti used to carry the Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negri Sembilan during ceremonial events.
Pengkalan Kempas in Port Dickson has a megalith that dates back to the 15th century. It is the tomb of a local personality, Ulama Sheikh Ahmad Makhtum, and features stone inscriptions depicting his life struggles and victories.
Abd Razak said Negri Sembilan had so far listed 11 buildings as the state’s heritage.
They comprise the former Seremban district office; former state secretariat office building, Seremban; live rocks, Tampin; Keramat Sungai Udang, Port Dickson; Boro Town, Port Dickson and Salleh Ancestral Tomb, Jelebu.
Others were the Masjid Jamek, Seremban; Negri Sembilan Malay house model at Taman Seri Budaya Complex, Seremban; SMK King George V, Seremban; Sekolah Kebangsaan Ampangan (old building block), Seremban and Ampang Tinggi Old Palace at the Taman Seri Budaya Complex, Seremban.
“Hopefully next year, more of the state’s legacy and heritage will be designated as National Heritage.
“The National Heritage Department will work closely with the State Museum Board to ensure certain state-owned heritage sites are listed on the state heritage register to be conserved and protected,” he said. – Bernama
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