KUCHING: The decision to build a Malay Heritage Museum at the Darul Hana development area is a wise move by the Sarawak government to preserve the customs and culture of the villages and people of Seberang Hilir.
Assistant Minister of Rural Electricity Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said the construction of the museum was included in the third component of the Darul Hana development project after the construction of Darul Hana Mosque and residences of various stages.
“Each village at Seberang Hilir has its own history, and the construction of the museum is timely to ensure that the legacy can be appreciated by future generations,” he said at the Darul Hana Heritage Museum workshop organised by Land Custody and Development Authority (Pelita) here yesterday.
According to him, when villagers relocated and experienced new phases of life, changes in terms of the Malay customs and cultural heritage at the village would soon decline or become extinct.
As such, the Pantai Damai assemblyman said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg had announced for the development of the museum project at Darul Hana as part of the government’s effort to help preserve the customs and cultural heritage of Kampung Seberang Hilir.
The Malay Heritage Museum is one of development projects under the State Museum Department for the 11th Malaysia Plan.
In addition to becoming a tourist attraction, it is expected to also serve as a centre for the expansion of the history of Malay heritage.