Malaysia

Perak celebrates Lenggong Valley’s status as Unesco’s world heritage site

November 10, 2012

LENGGONG, Nov 10 — Perak celebrated Lenggong Valley’s status as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) World Heritage Site today with a bevy of activities steeped in local culture and tradition. 

More than 5,000 people gathered at Dataran Lenggong to join in the gaiety, which was graced by Information Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri DrRais Yatim and Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir. 

The two VIPs arrived at 3pm and were received according to Hulu Perak customs by ten village chiefs led by Mohd Razli Ahmad wearing ‘kain cukin’ (hemless sarong) and ‘supit’ (head dress) accessories worn by the Hulu Perak community in the 19th century to welcome their leaders. 

Rais and Zambry then launched the Lenggong Valley Archaeology website and signed the world heritage site declaration. 

Unesco declared Lenggong Valley in Hulu Perak as a world heritage site following the discovery of artifacts dating back more than 11,000 years in the course of excavation works by the country’s archaeologists 20 years ago. — Bernama