KUALA LUMPUR: UMNO Deputy-President, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan affirms that there is no need for Kampung Baru Cina in Selangor to be proposed as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage Site.
He said, UMNO’s stand in this matter is that there is no necessity for the proposal as to give area recognition as the UNESCO Heritage Site is not easy.
“The proposal needs discussion and should be taken up to the Cabinet and if amendment is needed then it must be brought up to Parliament to be debated and approved.
“However, UMNO is with the opinion that there is no need to make Kampung Baru Cina to be the UNESCO Heritage Site,” he said.
Mohamad who is also the Minister of Foreign Affairs said that to the media at the MCA Chinese New Year Open House event held at Wisma MCA here Saturday as reported by “Sinar Harian.”
Also present at the event includes PrimeMinister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Deputy Prime Minister who is also UMNO President, Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and MCA President, Datuk Seri Dr. Wee Ka Siong.
Earlier the local media had reported that the Minister of Housing and Local Government, Nga Kor Ming had suggested to propose Kampung Baru Cina as the UNESCO World Heritage Site as a recognition in the interest of culture and placement’s history.
The proposal had led to many controversies when many quarters had protested it including UMNO.
Meanwhile, the UMNO General Secretary, Datuk Dr. Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki on Friday was reported as saying, even though the Kampung Baru Cina as a UNESCO site is to empower the national tourism but UMNO is still with the opinion that the implication on the proposal is too big and has touched indirectly the Malay-Bumiputera status.
Mohamad added, however UMNO’s stand in that issue will not loosen the relationship between the party and DAP.
“As a partner in the party, we should respect mutually on other partners’ opinion,” Mohamad said.