KUALA LUMPUR - The Penang state government has proposed that Malaysia and Singapore file a joint-nomination to list hawker culture under Unesco.
The northern Malaysian state said this will increase the probability of the hawker culture being listed under intangible cultural heritage.
Penang Tourism, Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said there were precedents for two countries to apply to Unesco, saying that the United Nations encourages such nominations.
He is of the view that working hand in hand with Singapore which shares similar hawker culture with Malaysia does not only avoid competition but also enhance the strength of both countries to increase the chances of getting listed.
Mr Yeoh proposed filing the joint nomination under "Malaysia and Singapore" and not "Singapore and Penang" as Unesco required joint nomination from countries, cities or cities which are of equal status.