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SINCE the launch of the LA 21 pilot project, the Bukit Bintang Environmental Committee (BBEC), a participating member, had begun working on the pilot project with hotels, shopping malls, restaurants and building complexes in the area.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has hit out at his Malacca counterpart Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam for wanting a 'divorce' between the two heritage cities.
While the status of George Town's World Heritage Site hangs in limbo, developers, heritage watchdogs and experts here have started questioning the part played by the previous state administration.
George Town's World Heritage Site status is not in jeopardy as the upcoming high-rise hotels in the area were approved under the guidelines sent to Unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation).
SOME nine hotels in the three, four and five-star categories will be developed on the Penang island in the next three to four years.
George Town's World Heritage Site status is not in jeopardy as the upcoming high-rise hotels in the area were approved with Unesco's knowledge, said a former state exco member.
PENANGITES interviewed are divided over whether the four high-rise hotels which may cause Penang to lose its Unesco World Heritage Site status should be built.
Malacca wants to be divorced from George Town if the Penang government continues to allow the building of four high-rise hotels in its heritage zones.
Malacca will ask Unesco to be officially 'divorced' from George Town if the Penang state government is adamant about allowing the construction of four high-rise projects in the island's heritage core and buffer zones which violate guidelines set by the World Heritage Committee.
The state government has found itself in a catch 22 situation - jeopardise George Town's Unesco World Heritage Site status or run the risk of being sued for hundreds of millions by developers.