Perak is preparing the nomination dossier for five locations to be presented to UNESCO to list them as World Heritage Sites.
State chairman for Industry, Investment, Industrial Development and Tourism, Datuk Hamidah Osman, said a committee had been formed comprising of the National Heritage Department, Tourism Perak, Ipoh and Taiping local councils, district offices, related government agencies together with the heritage societies to prepare the nomination dossier.
She stated this before flagging off a Saturday morning “Heritage Walk” at the Ipoh Railway Station recently. The committee, she said, had held initial meetings with the National Heritage Department.
Under the nature category, the sites are Royal Belum (Tropical Rainforest and Biodiversity Heritage) and Gua Tempurung (Limestone Heritage), and under the Nature and Culture Category the locations identified are Taiping (Heritage Town), Kinta (Tin Heritage and encompassing the area between Ipoh, Batu Gajah and Kampar) and Ipoh City (Cultural Heritage).
On the Heritage Walk, she said it would be held every Saturday for members of public to participate. It is the first part of the state government’s strategy at creating heritage awareness and promoting the heritage Panglima Core area in the city.
Datuk Hamidah said an allocation of RM550,000 has been approved to upgrade Panglima Lane, better known as Concubine Lane. And if all goes well, Tourism Perak will open a Tourist Information Centre in the lane.
The walk is organised by the Tourism Perak office and Kinta Heritage Group and starts at 8 a.m. from the Railway Station. The route recently named the Panglima Core will proceed to City Hall, the High Court and going east, passes St Michael’s School and heads towards the commercial area to Han Chin Pet Soo Building and back through Concubine Lane to the Clock Tower and Railway Station.
The tour is conducted by a licensed tour guide who will elaborate on the historical background of the various heritage buildings throughout the walk. To create more awareness, a forum to discuss heritage issues will be held towards the end of July where experts on the topic will be invited. Heritage agencies and members of the public are also invited to attend.
Datuk Hamidah said to ensure that the unique characteristics of Old Town Sector is not lost, the state has proposed that all future development plans specifically for Old Town must follow the guidelines as set down by the Ipoh City Council.
Besides Datuk Hamidah, Ipoh Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim and Perak Tourism CEO Zameema Banu, present at the last walk were some students from St. Michael’s School.