The Royal Town of Kuala Kangsar will be recognised as a national heritage site soon.
Executive Councillor for Housing, Local Government and Tourism, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin binti Dato’ Mohammed Radzi said that after obtaining the acknowledgement, the town will also be nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
“We have discussed with the National Heritage Department for it to be firstly featured as a national heritage.
“After that, we will look at UNESCO recognition.
“We hope it can be realised in the near future,” she stated.
She said so after officiating the Publicity and Public Participation Programme for the 2021 World Town Planning Day celebration at the Silver Jubilee Hall today.
Present were Mayor, Datuk Rumaizi Baharin, Yang DiPertua of Kuala Kangsar Municipal Council, Zulqurnain Mohamad and Director of PlanMalaysia@Perak, Asni Mustafa.
Nolee explained that effort is made to recognise the heritage of the Istana Bukit Chandan as a High Value Heritage Site.
She added that it is one of the pioneering projects to be presented at the Kuala Kangsar District Local Plan Draft 2035 (Replacement).
In a separate development, Nolee said that the tourist arrival to the state shows a positive performance, especially at Pangkor Island.
According to her, even though the COVID-19 cases still show a fluctuating trend, it does not affect the tourism activities in the state.
“Industry operators and players are relieved when tourism activities pick up especially at Pangkor Island, Kuala Kangsar and Ipoh.
“In terms of hotel occupancy, for example in Ipoh, we find that 97% of the accommodations are almost fully booked,” she highlighted.