By Amin Ridzuan Ishak
SHAH ALAM, Oct 22 — The state government’s proposal to raise Kuala Kubu Bharu (KKB) as a national heritage zone is in line with the efforts to nominate it as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) site.
Its assemblyman Lee Kee Hiong said this could help preserve the area’s historical value, which include the century-old shoplots in KKB town.
She added that preserving the buildings and historic locations would be in support of the effort to list KKB as a Unesco site in the future.
“This can also be a potential new tourist attraction. Back then when one speaks of KKB, it brings to mind the many rivers in which to bathe.
“But the historic attractions and rich arts that we have encouraged for so long ought not to be forgotten, as a draw to visitors,” Lee said when contacted.
Earlier on October 10, Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari said KKB will soon be registered as a national heritage zone, making it a new attraction in Selangor.
The assemblyman added that based on the responses in the state legislative chamber before this, a study conducted revealed that efforts to nominate KKB as a Unesco site on its own was not feasible.
“The study recommended that nomination should be done with other sites, such as the nomination of Melaka and of Georgetown,” she said.