BWM Talk Series: Preserving Natural Heritage for the Future: Case Study – Gunung Kanthan

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Organized by Badan Warisan Malaysia in collaboration with International National Trusts Organisation (INTO)

Live Webinar Details

Date: Monday, 13 September 2021
Time: 8:00PM (GMT +8) / UK 1:00PM (GMT+1)
Live Webinar. Free Admission.

Moderator: Lim Wei-Ling, President of Badan Warisan Malaysia

Speakers:
Dr. Ruth Kiew, Forest Research Institute Malaysia Fellow

Katherine Malone-France, Chief Preservation Officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Dame Fiona Reynolds, Chair of International National Trusts Organisation

About The Talk

Badan Warisan Malaysia (BWM) has been highlighting the imminent forced closure, eviction and possible destruction of the century-old Sakyamuni cave temple and monastery with its unique contents located at Gunung Kanthan, situated north of Ipoh in Perak, Malaysia.

Gunung Kanthan is one of the geological heritage geoparks comprising limestone hills in the Kinta Valley National Geopark. Together with the other limestone outcrops, it forms the distinctive karst landscape surrounding Ipoh. This limestone outcrop is on the verge of irreversibly losing its priceless geological, biological, architectural, archeological, cultural, tourist and recreational values to limestone quarrying by the current owner of the land on which Gunung Kanthan is situated.

In collaboration with International National Trusts Organisation (INTO), which BWM is a member of, we are bringing together international experts to shine a light on Gunung Kanthan and to share experiences in grassroots advocacy amongst our global National Trust family. We will also talk about the importance of protecting cultural landscapes for their beauty and intrinsic value, but also as sacred spaces, for wellbeing and for the economic value of a good quality environment.

We hope you can join the webinar, and show your support for saving significant heritage sites and values for posterity.


CORRECTION

With reference the webinar organized by Badan Warisan Malaysia in their BWM Talk Series , “Preserving Natural Heritage For The Future: Case Study – Gunung Kanthan that was held on 13th September 2021 and as a speaker in my capacity as a representative of the Malaysian Cave and Karst Conservancy, I wish to refer to a statement made in my presentation, namely: “In 2020, Associated Pan Malaysia Cement was awarded a mining license for Zone C” should be corrected to “In 2020, the ownership/lease period of Gunung Kanthan was extended to a cement company”.

In addition, I refer to Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohamed Radzi, Perak Housing, Local Government and Tourism Committee Chairman, was quoted as clarifying that there is “no issue of awarding or extending contracts to any company to carry out fresh quarrying at Gunung Kanthan” (the Vibes, 15/9/2021).

Ruth Kiew
15th September 2021

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