Wednesday, July 24

Special budget to recover, preserve war relics in Sarawak

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KUCHING: A special budget would be proposed next year to preserve and document war relics and history in Sarawak, state Assistant Minister of Culture and Heritage, Liwan Lagang said today.

He said the amount to be set aside would depend on the scope of work but there was great urgency to do this as those having information on the war history and relics were all in their advanced age.

“As such, we have to do this fast. If these senior citizens are no longer around, we will be losing the information,” he told reporters after opening an exhibition on Bario Commando Heritage at the Art Museum, here.

He said Sarawak had gone through a number of wars in its history and he believed there could be more information and relics of the wars that had yet to be discovered, especially in the interior part of the state.

“Definitely we cannot do this (recover and preserve the relics) without a budget and it (the budget) will also help them (researchers) logistically to move in difficult areas (in interior of Sarawak),” he added. – Bernama