Selangor Journal
An overall view of the Selangor New Village Festival, at the Pavilion Bukit Jalil shopping centre in Kuala Lumpur, on April 8, 2023. — Picture by FIKRI YUSOF/SELANGORKINI

Seven new villages selected for listing as Unesco world heritage sites

BUKIT MERTAJAM, June 24 — The National Heritage Department has selected seven New Villages (Kampung Baru) across the country to be nominated as world heritage sites recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).

Local Government Development Minister Nga Kor Ming said these seven villages were selected from a total of 613 New Villages across the country including Penang, Perak, Johor, Melaka and Selangor.

“These seven villages, including Kampung Baru Berapit here, have been chosen as national representatives to apply for Unesco world heritage site status.

“If everything goes well, in 2026 Malaysia will add another world heritage site after George Town and Melaka,” he said after a working visit to Kampung Baru Berapit, earlier today.

He also announced the ministry this year has approved a RM4.02 million allocation which will be channelled through the Village Community Management Councils (MPKK) to implement 19 projects worth RM2.88 million, and to the Seberang Perai Municipal Council to implement three projects worth RM1.13 million.

“Among the upgrading projects include the development of infrastructure and socioeconomic upgradings including roads, ditches, drains, footpaths, walls and lights, as well as facilities like public halls and basketball courts,” Nga said.

At the same time, he also announced an additional allocation of RM660,000 for road paving works in Kampung Baru Berapit and for installing ceiling fans in the village’s food court.

— Bernama

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