Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 9.12.2013.
Senseless Loss of Heritage – Destruction of An Ancient Hindu Temple in Bujang Valley, Kedah.
DAP is surprised at the Kedah state government proposal to relocate significant structures from the ancient Lembah Bujang civilisation that is scattered over a 200km square area to a single site. This is out of character of most archaeological excavations of an entire civilisation that are done “in-situ”, except when certain items such as vases or clay figurines can be taken away for display at a museum.
Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said it would be more practical to assemble the structures in one location, as the ruins and remnants from the oldest civilisation in the region were scattered “too far and wide”. But to move or remove them from the original site would risk the danger of detracting, diminishing and even devaluing the unique historical significance of the site chosen by the original inhabitants 2,000 years ago, that is known internationally as the Bujang Valley civilisation. Let the experts decide whether this approach is sound and proper.