BUKIT MERTAJAM : The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) declared Lenggong Valley in Hulu Perak as a world heritage site, at its conference Saturday night.
Information Communication and Culture minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said the discovery of ancient artifacts more than 11,000 years old from excavations at the valley by national archaeologists for the past 20 years led to the declaration.
“So now, we can add the Lenggong Valley to Penang, Melaka, Mount Kinabalu and the Niah Caves as heritage sites under UNESCO.
“This is a very meaningful achievement by the government and people which we can be proud of,” he told reporters after attending a 1Malaysia Community programme with the villagers of Kampung Penanti, here Sunday.
He said the ministry would collate and record all the data related to the discoveries to provide more information to the public.
Rais also said the ministry and Perak government would look into a joint study on the Lenggong Valley’s socio, cultural and heritage development.
Meanwhile, earlier in his speech, Rais advised Penangites to remain united so that everyone progressed at the same pace.
“Our culture teaches us to help one another, so let’s not lose ourselves and forget others just because we have differences,” he said.