RM486.32 million for Sarawak Tourism, Arts attractions under 12MP

Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah
25/05/2022 02:35 PM

KUCHING, May 25 (Bernama) -- Sarawak’s Tourism, Performing Arts and Creative Industry Ministry had received funds amounting to RM486.32 million to carry out various projects under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP).

Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah told the Sarawak State Assembly today that of this amount, RM472.33 million came from the State government, while the remaining RM13.99 million was allocated by the Federal government through the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry.

He said RM379.87 million had been spent to complete 11 major projects that had now turned into new tourism products in the State and among them are the Borneo Cultures Museum, Old Sarawak Museum upgrading and Santubong Archeological Park and Wallace Centre.

Another 10 projects had been targeted to be completed this year and among them are upgrading works on Pangkalan Sapi tourism facilities, Textile Museum, Chinese History Museum, Kuching City Aquarium, Sarawak Cultural Village and Fort Margherita’s English Tea House.

“Under the 12MP, we have proposed many new products, including improvement to national parks, public waterfronts and recreational spaces. Heritage tourism is another emphasis where many museums and old forts will be upgraded,” he said when winding up the debate for the motion of thanks for the Sarawak Yang Dipertua Negeri’s opening address here.

Abdul Karim said over the next two years, nine more major projects would be completed, namely the heritage gallery and resource centre in Long Terawan (Baram); Brooke Dockyard Industrial Heritage Museum; Kuching Wetland National Park’s tourist facilities; as well as the upgrading of facilities at Santubong National Park; Bebuak Mud (Meritam, Limbang), Melasak Waterfall (Lawas) and Niah National Park; the setting up of a performing arts centre at Old Sarawak State Assembly Building; and the development of a national park tourists support centre in Sematan, Lundu.

Meanwhile, he said Sarawak is also in the process of nominating Niah National Park as its second World Heritage Site to be recognized by the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation (UNESCO) under the mixed category for natural and cultural heritage.

He said various efforts and tasks had been undertaken by all stakeholders to complete a draft dossier which they targeted to submit to UNESCO by September this year. 

“The final dossier would be submitted by February 2023, which will be followed by evaluation by advisory bodies for the final decision by UNESCO World Heritage Committee, in July the same year, before Niah National Park could be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List,” he added.