Potential for heritage listing

THE St James Anglican Church in Kampung Quop has the potential to be listed as a world heritage site by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).

The Sarawak Heritage Society (SHS) is convinced that the 145-year-old church, believed to be one of the oldest in Sarawak, is a significant historical building of heritage value.

“Its cultural heritage significance can easily fulfil the criteria set by Unesco. Therefore, it should be conserved to continue its life as a religious building,” SHS president Mike Boon said.

Meanwhile, Sarawak Museum director Ipoi Datan, when contacted, concurred with Boon, saying the church had all the criteria to be listed as a Unesco heritage site.

However, he said a thorough study would have to be carried out before applying for the status.

Malaysia currently has three Unesco heritage sites namely Gunung Mulu National Park, which was listed in 2000, Kinabalu Park (2000) and Malacca and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca (2008).

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