Friday, May 21, 2010

Penang keen to stop the moving of old buildings

I really do support this plan and idea, but then again, if we the people do not care about heritage, then who's going to make the effort of promoting and protecting these buildings?

The Penang Government will introduce a new law to prevent old houses in the state from being dismantled and moved to other locations.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the enactment would be tabled at the state legislative assembly at the end of the year.

“Under the previous administration, more than 10 old houses were taken away and placed in other states. We do not want to lose such structures because they are beautiful and should be preserved,” he said.

Lim, who was speaking at a press conference after visiting a heritage restoration project in Stewart Lane here yesterday, said the new enactment would encompass all structures in the state and not just within the heritage zone.

Asked what the state was doing to preserve the city’s traditional trades from dying out, he said there was not much that could be done.

“Realistically, there is nothing we can do if the younger generation do not want to take over these trades but we will try as much as possible to encourage it,” he said.


1 comment:

HL said...

old buildings are beautiful