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