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Selangor Times Issue 10, 28-30 Jan 2011

Selangor Times Issue 10, 28-30 Jan 2011

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 January 28 — 30, 2011
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suNgai BuLoh:
Te long awaited promise to preserve theleprosy settlement here looks closeto being ullled but its residentsare sceptical about their uture.A spokesperson rom the Na-tional Heritage Department con-rmed that the government was inthe midst o gazetting the 81-year-old leprosarium. Once the world’ssecond largest, the settlement islikely to be recognised as a nationalheritage this year.“We are still checking with theHealth Ministry and Gombak LandOice to make sure there are nodevelopments planned in the area we want to gazette,” he said in a phone interview with
Selangor Times 
on Wednesday.However, residents who are stillin the dark said they will not cele-brate until the authorities disclosehow much o the settlement will be preserved.“here shouldn’t be anymoredevelopment, we want the remain-ing 78 hectares to be preserved en-tirely. Otherwise, residents might berequired to move again,” said LeeChor Seng, who has lived in thesettlement since 1958. He is also asettlement council member.Lee said the best Chinese NewYear gi to the residents would beor the entire 78ha were to be gazet-ted.Health Minister Datuk SeriLiow iong Lai had verbally prom-ised the residents that the settlement would be gazetted as a nationalheritage last Chinese New Year.Over the past two decades, theoriginal 230ha leprosy settlementhas been subdivided to build theSungai Buloh Hospital and medicalaculty o Universiti eknologiMara (UiM).he oldest resident, Lee SawCheng, 89, pointed out that thesettlement is the only home sheknows. She has lived there since1936.Still housing 230 leprosy survi- vors like Lee, the settlement is nowa living testament to humanity’striumph over the once incurable andearul disease.Te National Heritage Depart-ment ofcer said they do intend toconserve as much o the remaining area as possible.“Te leprosarium has historicalsignicance, especially to our medi-cal history,” he said, adding that hisdepartment is currently compiling an inventory list o the importantstructures to be conserved.Te ofcer added that once theyhave settled land issues with theHealth Ministry, it would takearound our to six months to of-cially gazette the site barring any
Residents of the settlement in Sg Buloh are hopeful their home will be recognised as a national heritage soon.
– Picture by Victor Chong
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