Hospital museum in search of funds for preservation

Vincent receiving the donation from Tiong (centre) while Bukit Assek asssemblyman Joseph Chieng (left), Dr Annuar (second from right) and Bawang Assan SUPP chief senator Robert Lau look on.

THE more than 200,000 people who were born in the former Lau King Howe Hospital in Sibu have been urged to contribute RM1 each per year for the upkeep of its memorial museum.

Sarawak Education, Innovation and Talent Development Assistant Minister I Dr Annuar Rapaee said those who could contribute more, were encouraged to do so.

“Although the contribution is RM1 per year per person, if you are above 30 years old, you can contribute either RM50 or RM100, so that you no longer have to do it again,” he said at the launch of Babies of Lau King Howe (LKH) Hospital Foundation yesterday.

He said contributors’ names would be displayed at the Lau King Howe Hospital Memorial Museum.

Those born in the hospital can now register their name by scanning the QR code at or in person at the museum.

“We set up this foundation to bring the people together to contribute to the maintenance of the museum,” said Dr Annuar.

The Nangka assemblyman also said that Universiti Teknologi Sarawak (UTS) had come up with a proposal for the preservation of the museum.

“This is the only medical museum in the country that displays old medical instruments.

“We need to preserve the museum building.

“According to UTS’ proposal, we will need between RM3mil and RM5mil for this purpose.

“But the museum’s upgrading and preservation committee feels that more money is needed as they will also be taking over the public toilet facility,” he said.

The public toilet, which is next to the museum, will be demolished as part of the museum’s extension project.

“I will ask for funding from the Sarawak government.

“We will create a digital archive of the museum and once it is ready, we will bring it up to the government,” Dr Annuar added.

The hospital was built in 1936 with financial contribution from the late Lau King Howe, a philanthropist from China. It was demolished in 1994 following the completion of Sibu Hospital.

A small museum was set up in 1996 near the original entrance to the hospital to tell the history of medical development in Sibu.

LKH Hospital Memorial Museum Association chairman Datuk Vincent Lau hoped the state government would consider allocating funds for the preservation and upgrading of the museum.

“We need to do a lot of things like changing the roofing which is already very old,” he said.

At the function, Dudong assemblyman Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing donated RM50,000 for the museum’s preservation project.

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