KUALA LUMPUR – Carcosa and Seri Negara have been rented out to a 100 per cent Malaysian social enterprise called Asian Heritage Museum Sdn Bhd for an Artefact Trading and Performing Arts Center.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the purpose of the tenancy of those heritage buildings which came under the purview of his ministry, included the staging of Asian martial arts display, galleries and educational history tour of the place.
“As the custodian of the site, we wish to clarify the two issues that have been the subject of concern among the public.
“Firstly, on whether the heritage status of the property is under threat as alleged (in the social media) and secondly, the alleged improper use of the property,” he said in a statement today.
Wan Junaidi was responding to some allegations circulating in the social media that the buildings had been rented to a China company to use as an office and that the heritage status of the two buildings might be threatened.
According to the statement, Carcosa and Seri Negara had been rented out for use as upmarket hotels but the venture failed for one reason or another.
Hence, to capitalise on its heritage value, various engagement had taken place with several government agencies to explore the best way to move forward, he said.
“At present these buildings are not in good condition because they have been abandoned from previous usage as a hotel.
“Thus, through this tenancy agreement, we believe these buildings will be preserved and conserved to reflect the site’s heritage status,” he said.
Wan Junaidi said the company must comply with the policy related to the conservation and preservation of heritage under the National Act 2005 and conditions imposed by the local authorities.
He said that the tenancy would be terminated immediately if there were non-compliances with the conditions stated in the offer letter and any renovation and structural alterations which impinged on the heritage building status was not allowed by the government.
To further assure that the status of the site remained intact as a national heritage site, Wan Junaidi was also appointed as the honorary advisor. – BERNAMA