Heritage law out in September
16/07/2010 02:06:00 Alexandra Lages
The Cultural Heritage Protection bill may be wrapped up and ready to be discussed and voted on by the Legislative Assembly in September, a spokesperson for the Cultural Affairs Bureau told Macau Daily Times yesterday.
The Government completed the initial version of the cultural heritage protection bill and put it out for public consultation on April 30, last year. There has been no more news on the bill since then.
Recently, secretary for Social and Cultural Affairs, Cheong U, assured that work on the final draft of the law was concluded and it will be forwarded to other departments for approval. He said that the draft law would come out by the end of this year, but yesterday the bureau unveiled the detailed schedule.
The bill expands the concept of “cultural heritage” by extending its legal content from physical cultural heritage to intangible ones, and from properties (buildings) to all valuable relics. The proposed law also dedicates a full chapter detailing the principles and systems of the protection of “The Historic Centre of Macau”.
Yesterday, the SAR commemorated the fifth anniversary of the inscription of Macau on the UNESCO world heritage list. Next week, the bureau will hold a celebration ceremony.
On July 15, 2005, the Historic Centre of Macau was inscribed as a World Heritage Site, making it the 31st site in China to be granted this status. The Historic Centre of Macau is an urban area within the old city of Macau spanning eight squares and 22 historic buildings.
This list includes the archaeological remains of the first western-style university in the Far East, the College of St. Paul, buildings that are still functioning according to their original purpose such as the first western-style theatre and the first modern lighthouse in China, and examples of late Qing merchants’ homes.