KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22: The government has not received funds from Unesco since Melaka and George Town were declared as world heritage sites in 2008, the Dewan Rakyat heard today.
Deputy Minister of Tourism and Culture, Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin said Unesco only give funds to countries which cannot finance the preservation of heritage sites.
“Preservation work on both national heritage sites uses a special allocation of RM50 million which was approved in Budget 2009,” he said in reply to a question from Sim Tong Him (DAP-Kota Melaka) who asked about funds received from Unesco for the two heritage sites from 2010 to 2016.
Mas Ermieyati said of the amount, RM30 million was channeled via the National Heritage Department to Melaka while RM20 million was channeled via Khazanah Nasional Berhad to George Town.
“In line with our role as the focal point of the World Heritage Convention 1972, the ministry constantly monitors the heritage sites to ensure that the universal values are protected.”
Melaka and George Town were declared as world heritage sites by Unesco at the 32nd Conference of the World Heritage Committee in Quebec City, Canada on July 7, 2008.
(The Malaysian Times)