Thursday, September 6, 2007

News: (NST)Three ministries to resolve leprosy settlement issue


KUALA LUMPUR: Three ministries are to discuss together a solution to the Sungai Buloh Leprosy Settlement issue.

The three ministries involved are the higher education, health, and culture, arts and heritage.

Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said yesterday the secretaries-general of the ministries would meet to thrash out the issue tomorrow.

They will discuss the possibility of at least preserving the mosque, church and the prison precinct at the site.

"A solution will be presented to the cabinet next week."
Rais told the New Straits Times: "We don’t want to hinder the development of Universiti Teknologi Mara in building the medical faculty.

"However, we have due respect for the wishes of families as well as the Health Ministry to preserve structures that have historical importance."

"We can’t preserve everything as we want to develop the place as well."

In the meantime, he said, the cabinet agreed yesterday that no statements should be made about the issue until the meeting is held.

Last Sunday, UiTM, which had started demolishing some of the buildings on the site, was served a stop-work order by National Heritage Commissioner Datuk Prof Dr Zuraina Majid.

By then, however, four of the abandoned chalets had been torn down and the roofing on several other buildings removed.

UiTM had said that something "fishy" was going on as it had gone by the book in demolishing the buildings, which it said had no heritage value.

Source: NSTonline

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