MIRI: The Miri Resident Office – the oldest colonial building built during the Brooke rajah era in the late 1800s – will be declared a heritage building. And it will be converted into a history museum while retaining its original design and structure.
Sarawak Assistant Minister for tourism Datuk Lee Kim Shin said Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satemhad given his approval to turn the place into a heritage building and historical musuem.
“I have recently submited a proposal to the Chief Minister for this building to be preserved in its current structure and design.
“This is the oldest building in Miri and there are not many of these buildings around anymore.
“This place has a rich history dating back to the time of the white rajahs.
“The building was originally built in the 1800s but was bombed during the world wars. It was rebuilt by the British and used as the Resident Office,” Lee said.
“I have asked the Chief Minister to allow this site and building to be preserved and spared from being turned into a commercial zone and he agreed.
“This will be the best place for a museum to showcase the rich history of not only Miri but the whole of northern Sarawak,” said Lee, who is state assemblyman for Senadin.
After meeting various agencies at a dialogue on the matter at the Resident Office, he told StarMetro that it was vital to preserve as many old buildings as possible.
These old buildings were important tourism attractions that foreign and local visitors were interested in, he emphasised.
Lee said he was also in the process of securing heritage status for several other historical sites in Miri and in the northern interior, so that they would be preserved for future generations.