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George Town marks UNESCO anniversary amid debate

Conservationists seek development rethink in Malaysian heritage city

The "Wu Shu Girl" mural painting by Ernest Zacharevic decorates a building facade along tourist enclave Muntri Street. (Photo by Kit Yeng Chan)

GEORGE TOWN, Malaysia -- On any given weekend, a 15-meter-long queue of international tourists materializes at the upper corner of Armenian Street, an atmospheric road packed with tourist shops and cafes at the heart of George Town, capital of Malaysia's Penang State.

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