SEREMBAN, Dec 28 (Bernama) -- The Seri Menanti Old Palace in Kuala Pilah is one of three listed as Negeri Sembilan Heritage to have been gazetted National Heritage, says state culture and Malay customs committee chairman, Abd Razak Ab Said.
He said the palace was declared National Heritage in 2009, in conjunction with its 100 years anniversary while the other two, Takhta Rencana in Seri Menanti and the Pengkalan Kempas megalith in Port Dickson were listed this year.
"The Seri Menanti Old Palace and Takhta Rencana are categorised under buildings while the Pengkalan Kempas megalith is categorised under archeology sites.
"The Takhta Rencana is a special throne to carry the Yang Dipertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan during ceremonial events.
"National Heritage such as the A-Famosa, National Monument, Kuala Lumpur Railway Station building and Merdeka Stadium should be treasured as they have been inherited from past generations and these heritage sites have become popular tourist attractions.
"Preserving a national heritage is important to create a spirit of patriotism and love for the homeland," he told Bernama recently.
Abd Razak said so far, 11 objects categorised under buildings have been listed as Negeri Sembilan Heritage.
These include the former Seremban District Office; former state secretariat office building, Seremban; live rocks, Tampin; Keramat Sungai Udang, Port Dickson; Boro Town, Port Dickson and Salleh Ancestral Tomb, Jelebu.
He said the others were the Masjid Jamek, Seremban; Negeri Sembilan Malay house model at Taman Seri Budaya Complex, Seremban; SMK King George V, Seremban; Sekolah Kebangsaan Ampangan (old building block), Seremban and Ampang Tinggi Old Palace at the Taman Seri Budaya Complex, Seremban.
"Hopefully next year, more of the state's legacy and heritage will be designated as National Heritage. The National Heritage Department will work closely with the State Museum Board to ensure certain state-owned heritage are listed on the state heritage register to be conserved and protected," he added.