MELAKA: The Melaka government has been urged to use the RM50mil Budget 2023 allocation for Unesco heritage sites wisely.
Melaka Portuguese Eurasian Association president Michael Singho said the allocation could be channelled for the proper maintenance and upkeep of the Portuguese ruins atop St Paul's Hill, the ruins of the old St Ignatius Church in Bunga Raya as well as the neglected back portion of the Dutch Stadthuys building here.
"Importance should also be given to Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, Indian and Malay historical relics and buildings," he said.
Singho also said he hoped funds could be channelled for the preservation, rejuvenation and enhancement of the endangered Malacca Portuguese language (Papia Kristang), its customs and traditions.
Prime Minister and Finance Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced a RM50mil allocation to preserve Unesco world heritage sites in Penang and Melaka when tabling Budget 2023 in Parliament on Friday (Feb 24).