07 July 2013
Heritage town status for Taiping
By AUDREY DERMAWAN | firstname.lastname@example.org
TOURISM POTENTIAL: Move to ensure its rich historical and heritage treasures are
TAIPING: PLANS are in the pipeline to turn the town here, which
is rich in tourism products, especially old and historical treasures, into a Permanent Heritage Town.
Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said his ministry would hold
discussions with the Perak government to ensure that all the historical and heritage treasures here were preserved
as tourism icons.
"We want to ensure these treasures are protected, especially from development
"Some of them are not well maintained and left to rot," he said after opening the
Muzium Bersama Komuniti programme at Perak Museum here yesterday.
Nazri cited the museum and Taiping Zoo, which are the oldest museum and zoo in the
country, and the Night Safari as examples of tourism products that needed upgrading, not only to draw tourists but
to preserve them as national tourism icons.
"The ministry will consider and approve a suitable amount to preserve the
historical and heritage values of Taiping as part of its plans to usher in Visit Malaysia Year 2014."
Nazri added that he was satisfied with the exhibits and artefacts in the
He also said he planned to travel to several locations in the country to find out
what were the tourism products that could be further developed.
The two-day Muzium Bersama Komuniti programme, which ends today, features 47
exhibition booths offering various tourism, health and souvenir products and a host of traditional