BATU PAHAT - The Johor government has listed five buildings in the state, including a mosque and a church, to be identified and gazetted as heritage sites in the next five years.
State Youth, Sports, Culture and Heritage committee chairman Datuk Zulkurnain Kamisan said the buildings had been given a priority ranking in heritage importance.
"The process started early this year and it will take a substantial time as it involves tedious works such as approval from building owners for restoration works," he said after launching a state-level bubur lambuk cooking event at Masjid Jamek Sultan Ismail here yesterday.
Zulkurnain said the process to gazette the historical buildings was expected to take five years.
"Rehabilitation works will consume the longest time because we need to study the structures to find out the right materials and methods to restore these buildings," he said.
The state government, he added, had engaged an expert from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia for the restoration work purposes.
Zulkurnain said it was also necessary to find out the building owners' future development plans for the existing structures before restoration works could begin.
He said there were now 208 buildings and structures identified as historical and heritage properties in the state.