Identify heritage assets that should be protected and conserved, public urged


KUCHING: The Sarawak Heritage Society (SHS) is counting on the public to help identify heritage assets which should be protected and conserved.

Its heritage quest campaign, which runs until the end of this month, calls on the public to submit photos and brief descriptions of items of historical and cultural significance in the state.

These can be old buildings, monuments, historical sites, landmarks, traditional arts and craft or even iconic trees.

SHS vice-president James Yong said the society had received about 200 submissions so far since the campaign was launched in November.

He said 75% of the suggested assets were in Kuching and its surrounding areas while the rest were in other parts of Sarawak like Sibu, Miri and Kapit.

“SHS’ main objective with this campaign is in line with our mission, which is to raise awareness of the cultural heritage of Sarawak and to advocate for the sensitive and sustainable conservation of our assets,” Yong said.

“While we had hoped for more responses, we think a few reminders on social media and newspapers before the end of the month will boost the number.”

However, he added that SHS’ Facebook page had received an “unprecedented” number of likes and other reactions.

“This suggests a greater reach and awareness of heritage issues,” he said.

Those interested to participate

in the heritage quest can submit their photos to SHS on its Facebook page, through WhatsApp or SMS to its hotline 018-988 2343 or email sarawakheritagesociety@gmail.com

At the end of the campaign, SHS will screen the entries and flesh out the new and promising items among them.

“We will compile a report and share it with the government to lobby them to consider gazetting or listing them for protection,” Yong said.

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