Heritage dept lobbying to get Bujang Valley on Unesco list

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Heritage Department is in the midst of lobbying for Unesco to recognise Bujang Valley in Kedah as a world heritage site.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi said the government allocated RM10mil to the department to develop infrastructure at the archaeological site in Sungai Batu as one of the country’s main tourism attractions.

He said the initial allocation was given under the 4th Rolling Plan of the 11th Malaysia Plan in efforts to make Bujang Valley a Unesco World Heritage Site.

“Among the infrastructure to be built are the archaeological research centre, security posts, garbage disposal facility, open and covered parking lots and lodgings for tourists,” he told Dewan Negara.

Senator Datuk Mohd Suhaimi Abdullah had wanted to know the latest action taken by the ministry on Bujang Valley. — Bernama