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When asked 15 years ago about conservation efforts of historic Georgetown , Salma Khoo, director of Areca Books – a heritage and historical books publisher based in Penang – would answer, “What really matters to Penangites is food; they simply take their heritage for granted”.
In July 2008, international recognition was given to Penang when George Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site; completely transforming local perception. Melaka (Malacca) and George Town (GT) are jointly inscribed on the list as “The Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca [where] the influences of Asia and Europe have endowed the towns with a specific multicultural heritage that is both tangible and intangible. The two towns constitute a unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia. Both towns bear testimony to a living multi-cultural heritage and tradition of Asia, where the many religions and cultures met and coexisted”.
This recognition is an essential milestone for the handful of Penangites who have strived for years for the preservation of the tangible and intangible heritage of GT. Read the rest of this entry »
Annual arrival of hundreds of Raptors: join Raptor Watch Weekend on
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th of March 2009
Who they are and what they do
Every year the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) celebrates this annual arrival of hundreds, sometimes thousands of honey-buzzards, goshawks, sparrowhawks, Black bazas and many more birds of prey. These amazing winged creatures pause in the Tanjung Tuan Forest Reserve (not far from Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan) as they make their way on their long sojourn to their breeding grounds in Japan, Siberia, Kamchatka, Korea and other far-flung northern areas. Located at the narrowest part of the Malacca Straits, the raptors stop here to recharge after flying non-stop for 32km from Indonesia.
Who are they and what do they do
This Special Interest Group, the Heritage Guides, formally known as the Heritage Group, is a professional group of tourist guides able to conduct Heritage tours. They are all licensed tourist guides for Malaysia (that means that they have a tourist guide blue-badge given by the Malaysian Ministry of Tourism).
Initially, the Heritage Group was initiated to enable guides with a special interest in heritage and history to develop their skills and enhance their knowledge in these fields. The Heritage group is part of the Malaysian Tourist Guide Council.
They trained themselves by organizing talks given by experts on heritage and history, by doing research and going on fieldtrips. Read the rest of this entry »