By Zareef Muzammil
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 4 — The National Tin Mine Heritage Park will be developed in Sri Banting, Dengkil to boost heritage and cultural tourism in Selangor.
State executive councillor for rural and traditional villages development, Malay customs, culture and heritage Borhan Aman Shah said the development of the 72-acre park began as soon as the contractor appointment process was completed, The project is expected to take four years.
” The Sepang Municipal Council (MPSepang) has been instructed to endure that the area for the development of the Heritage Park is not threatened by any other developments in the area.
“We are worried that if the development gets underway without proper planning, We will not be able to make it a heritage site that the nation and the world can be proud of.
“The State Government is committed to ensuring the development is recognised as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (Unesco),” said Borhan at the ‘Reviving the History of the Selangor Industrial Revolution’ event at the National Archives here today.
National Archives Director General Datuk Jaafar Sidek Abdul Rahman and MPSepang chairman Datuk Abdul Hamid Husain were also present of the event.
Borhan added that the development of the park involved allocations from MPSepang in addition to funds from the Selangor Government and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Motac) amounting to RM50 million.
“We have a budget of RM3 million as allocated in the Selangor Budget 2024 for use on repairs and heritage workshops like this. An application was also made to Motac, we hope that an allocation of at least RM30 million will be approved.”
He also said that the park is expected to be operational in 2028 and will house the 49-year-old Sri Banting Dredger, which has become a historical icon.
Other activities at the location, he said, will include museums, restaurants, businesses including tourism activities such as ‘glamping’ and water sports that will become tourist attractions.
“This development will improve the local economy by creating new job opportunities in addition to adding value to the surrounding businesses.
“This park will also be a learning centre for school students and researchers,” he added.