‘Govt com­mit­ted to her­itage con­ser­va­tion’

The Borneo Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Ge­or­gette Tan re­porters@the­bor­neo­post.com

KUCH­ING: The Sarawak Her­itage So­ci­ety (SHS) is op­ti­mistic that the state gov­ern­ment is on the same page when it comes to the con­ser­va­tion of the state’s her­itage.

Fol­low­ing a cour­tesy call on Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Pat­inggi Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg yes­ter­day, SHS pres­i­dent Dato Sri Robert Ja­cob Ridu told The Bor­neo Post that three points on her­itage con­ser­va­tion were dis­cussed.

“We brought up the sub­ject of a data­base on her­itage ar­eas so that we will know how to zone ar­eas in Kuch­ing based on her­itage, and Abang Jo­hari al­ready has that in mind,” said Ridu.

SHS also mooted the idea of a Her­itage Im­pact As­sess­ment (HIA), sim­i­lar to an En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact As­sess­ment ( EIA).

“In most de­vel­op­ments, there’s

We brought up the sub­ject of a data­base on her­itage ar­eas so that we will know how to zone ar­eas in Kuch­ing based on her­itage, and Abang Jo­hari al­ready has that in mind.

an EIA but they never in­clude her­itage im­pact. We are sug­gest­ing that they should also do this,” he said, adding that Abang Jo­hari shared that this would fall un­der the purview of the Min­istry of Tourism, Arts, Cul­ture, Youth and Sports.

SHS also raised the need to strengthen public pol­icy as well as reg­u­la­tory, fi­nanc­ing and en­force­ment frame­work on ex­ist­ing build­ings and her­itage reg­u­la­tions.

It also asked for a strength­en­ing of the cul­tural her­itage man­age­ment frame­work, sug­gest­ing it could start with a can­did, in­de­pen­dent re­view of the cur­rent sta­tus of Sarawak’s her­itage con­ser­va­tion and man­age­ment.

In ad­di­tion, SHS sug­gested pro­vid­ing gov­ern­ment mea­sures to com­men­su­rate main­te­nance re­quire­ments of gazetted gov­ern­ment- owned her­itage sites, pro­vide fi­nan­cial sup­port to se­lected her­itage con­ser­va­tion projects, and fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives for pri­vate own­ers of built her­itage to con­serve and main­tain their as­sets.

“We also hope to do our con­ven­tion on her­itage next year,” added Ridu.

Dato Sri Robert Ja­cob Ridu, SHS pres­i­dent

Abang Jo­hari (cen­tre) looks through the book ‘Liv­ing in Sarawak’ with Ridu. – Photo by Chi­mon Upon

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