Pulau Jerejak, Sungai Buloh leprosy centre in joint proposal for Unesco listing?


The National Heritage Department (JWN) is understood to have proposed to the Penang state government that Pulau Jerejak be included with the National Leprosy Control Centre in Sungai Buloh, Selangor as joint candidates for Unesco world heritage site listing.

It is believed both have complementary elements to strengthen the case for Unesco listing.

The department had visited Pulau Jerejak twice earlier this year to survey the historical remnants on the island, many of which are still visible including workers’ quarters, wards, a prison, a court, and a church.

Map by Penang Forum

Based on these site visits, it is understood the department found Pulau Jerejak to have important historical significance in the development of anti-leprosy initiatives leading up to the setting up of the National Leprosy Control Centre in Sungai Buloh.

So it is believed that the department wants the Penang state government to consider its proposal for a joint candidacy for Unesco listing before any development project on Pulau Jerejak can be carried out.

Check out the Pulau Jerejak slideshow.

Meanwhile, the department is also believed to be interested in carrying out research and excavation to gather more historical data on the leprosy initiatives on the island. To this end, the site has to be preserved and conserved for its immense historical significance.

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22 Sep 2017 5.52pm

B4 jump to P. Jerejak, what happen to Bo Sai, proposed transport centre? PG. Forum not interested and same with UNESCO to reply to Dr. Lim?

Kah Seng
22 Sep 2017 11.22am

Hehe, lucky the Pulau Jerejak development didn’t take hold, as too much cronyism throughout different governments lead to mostly commercial failure.

But at some point, after price rises, some half-thought development could still become profitable. So better conserve that part of the heritage now as property prices plateau. But long term, some steady development is still likely inevitable.

Khun Pana
Khun Pana
22 Sep 2017 5.11am

Good that the Jerejak Island was sold last year.

20 Sep 2017 11.27am

Have an Eco theme park to bring tourists and create more jobs.

20 Sep 2017 11.46am
Reply to  Zain

Theme Park is a taboo word for Anil.
Anil prefers Jerejak intact free from concrete so he should solicit fund to keep the island as pristine as possible.

20 Sep 2017 7.55pm
Reply to  Zain

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is Singapore’s first ASEAN Heritage Park.

Trek through this ecological jewel’s many trails and discover its native inhabitants such as mudskippers, crabs, shellfish, water snakes, birds, spiders, monitor lizards and otters. Admire the beauty of resident birds such as herons, kingfishers and sunbirds.

During the migratory season, catch sight of the diverse flocks of shorebirds or waders including plovers and sandpipers.


SL Tay
SL Tay
22 Sep 2017 1.07pm
Reply to  Jerome

Wet and Wild in Singapore! | Sungei Buloh Wetland

Singapore Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

20 Sep 2017 10.31am

Great news…!
Let us pray again:

“I love you
I ‘m sorry
Forgive me
Thank you”

20 Sep 2017 11.43am
Reply to  Margie

Return of Margie’s Prayer, for peaceful GE14?

19 Sep 2017 7.07pm

Pulau Jerejak can become the buffer zone should there be a tsunami dangerous high tide to safeguard the reclaimed land condo opposite QBay Mall.

Davis Tan
19 Sep 2017 4.48pm

That Sungai Buloh Leprosy Centres is a good place to live, the place so syiok like colonial era scenery.