Penang Gerakan Urges State Government To Maintain George Town Heritage

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GEORGE TOWN, April 12 – The Penang Gerakan wants the state government to enhance the initiative to maintain George Town’s tangible and intangible heritage as the town has been accorded UNESCO World Heritage status since 2008. State Gerakan Liaison Committee member H’ng Khoon Leng said as at 2012, the number of listed traditional trades and occupations in the town stood at about 600.

“Gerakan is concerned with the loss of the intangible cultural heritage of the town and wants to know how many trades and occupations were uprooted from this heritage area. We urge the state government to prevent further loss of this intangible cultural heritage,” he told reporters here Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Tan Jeng Seow, 56, who operates a coffeeshop in Jalan Hutton here, claimed he was forced to close his three-generation family business due to the building’s ownership change. He said the real owner of the coffeeshop has sold this building to a Singaporean and they have been given time to close their business in June.

He also added that the coffeeshop was a renowned breakfast spot for Malays, Indians and Chinese, prominent among them being well-known entrepreneur, the late Tan Sri Loh Boon Siew, the founder of Honda Malaysia. He hoped the state government would take the necessary measures to ensure he could operate his business for a longer period of time because the shop which was located in a pre-war building was viewed as intangible heritage.

Meanwhile, H’ng said he was called to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office here recently and interviewed by investigating officers on an issue involving Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s Jalan Pinhorn bungalow. He said this case is very complicated but he believe the MACC will be able to solve it very soon.

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