TOURISM: Ministry's key role in castle's restoration
I REFER to "A castle built upon Kellie's dream" (NST, Feb 15). The article was interesting and it had enhanced awareness on the history of Kellie's Castle. Nevertheless, the article did not mention the key role played by the Tourism Ministry in the funding and restoration of the castle.
It is inaccurate to state that Aqfast Enterprise had given the castle a makeover. Aqfast Enterprise is an operator appointed by the Batu Gajah District Council after the completion of the Kellie's Castle project to manage and maintain the area.
Experts from both the ministry and Perak Public Works Department played a pivotal role in the restoration of the castle.
Credit should also be given to Dr Francis Ng, a botanist, who redesigned the castle's landscape to resemble a tropical garden. The garden has been re-modelled based on old photographs taken of the castle during Kellie Smith's time.
Under the 10th Malaysia Plan, the ministry allocated RM5 million to upgrade Kellie's Castle. The components included demolishing and rebuilding a one-stop centre, comprising an exhibition area and a mini theatre.
Dr Amerjit SinghHead of Corporate Communications Unit, Tourism Ministry