Five more of Sarawak’s historical tropical wooden forts built during the White Rajah dynasty will be restored, said Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.
A total of RM3.5mil will be spent on restoring Fort Hose in Marudi, RM5mil for Fort Lili (Betong), RM5mil for Fort Emma (Kanowit), RM5mil for Fort Brooke (Julau) and RM1.5mil for Fort Sylvia (Kapit).
In 2015, the restoration of Fort Alice was completed and is now a museum in Sri Aman. Overall, there are 14 tropical forts from the White Rajah era still standing. Many more have been dismantled or destroyed.
Johari said the extra funds of the fort restorations came from the Federal Government under the 11th Malaysia Plan.
He said the fund approvals was testimony to the Government’s commitment in conserving cultural and historical heritage.