KUANTAN: The Pahang government has agreed to gazette 32 sites under the National Heritage Act to encourage tourism in the state.
State Tourism and Culture committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin said the National Heritage Department was finalising the list of sites.
“The process of gazetting has already begun, with the Land and District Office doing an official search,” he said at the state assembly meeting yesterday.
He was replying to Datuk Mustapa Long (BN - Padang Tengku) who asked about the steps taken to make Lipis – nicknamed “Historical Town” – a tourist icon for the state.
Seven sites in Lipis are on the list, he said, adding that the department received an application from the Lipis district land office on Dec 28 on the gazetting of 10 more sites there.
“The application is being researched by the department before it is put up for the consideration and approval of the local authorities,” Mohd Sharkar said.
“In line with the Act, sites that have been gazetted as heritage sites are protected and can be developed for the heritage tourism sector.”
He added that maintenance work on the birthplace of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Pahang Club and Bukit Residen Resthouse, was being carried out by the Lipis district council.