The Star reported that thousands of Malaysians and foreign tourists witnessed the official awarding of the Unesco World Heritage Site to George Town (Penang) and Malacca at a colourful ceremony at Dataran Merdeka last night.
The award arrived on an elephant and was passed to Unesco’s regional science bureau for Asia and the Pacific director Hubert J. Gijzen who then gave it to Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammud-din Tun Hussein who is Malaysia’s Unesco national committee president. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, then received the award from Hishammuddin.
Read full article from The Star: George Town and Malacca receive World Heritage Site Award
In an earlier development on four high-rise hotels approved in Penang might cause it to lose it's World Heritage site status, it has been reported that City status not affected as the buildings had been approved as in compliance with guidelines of the World Heritage site status.
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