Draft mu­seum law sent to At­tor­ney Gen­eral

The Myanmar Times - - News - Aungkyawmin@mm­times.com AUNG KYAW MIN

A DRAFT law that would govern the es­tab­lish­ment and prac­tices of pri­vate mu­se­ums is un­der dis­cus­sion by of­fi­cials in the Min­istry of Re­li­gion and Cul­ture and the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­eral, the lat­est stage in a long-drawn out process that be­gan un­der the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment.

Na­tional Mu­seum Depart­ment direc­tor U Zaw Zaw Tun told The Myan­mar Times on Novem­ber 1 that the even­tual adop­tion of the law would make it eas­ier for pri­vate mu­se­ums to be es­tab­lished.

“The text is about 70 per­cent com­plete. Any com­ments we get from the At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s of­fice will be dis­cussed with the de­part­ments con­cerned, and even­tu­ally the draft will go be­fore the hlut­taw,” he said.

The orig­i­nal draft has been re­worked sev­eral times since it was first aired for dis­cus­sion. The stick­ing points ap­pear to con­cern the need to con­form to Myan­mar cus­tom and cul­ture, while meet­ing in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, he said.

“When the Na­tional Mu­seum was moved from Yan­gon to Nay Pyi Taw, we started to re­vise the law in the light of in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, but it went back­ward and for­ward be­tween de­part­ments. It could take sev­eral more years and even then there could be weak­nesses in its prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tion,” said one source close to the ne­go­ti­a­tions.

But its even­tual emer­gence as law would help mod­ernise the na­tion’s mu­se­ums, said U Zaw Zaw Tun. “We hope to see mu­se­ums with mod­ern tech­niques for dis­play­ing their col­lec­tions, whether it’s art or an­cient cul­ture,” he said.

Photo: Aung Khant

The At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s Of­fice has been sent a draft law that would reg­u­late pri­vate mu­se­ums.

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