100 years of oil in Sarawak

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  • Thursday, 15 Jul 2010

SARAWAK Museum will hold the Grand Old Lady Centenary Celebration at the Petroleum Museum on Canada Hill in Miri on Aug 7.

Many fringe activities have also been lined up to enliven the celebration.

Sarawak Museum deputy director Dr Charles Leh, in announcing this in Miri yesterday, said that Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud was scheduled to launch the event.

Miri is the first location where oil exploration began in Malaysia. The first well on Canada Hill known as the Grand Old Lady is a symbol of oil exploration in Sarawak.

“We have to promote and understand our heritage before we build a love for it,’’ said Leh.

The theme for this year’s event is Miri, a Green City, Heritage and History.

Leh said that Sarawak Museum would host the event in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism Heritage, Sarawak Shell Bhd, Petronas Sarawak and Miri City Council.

Among the highlights will be the Centenary Race, popularly linked to The Amazing Race reality television show.

Leh said that each team in the race would have a maximum of four participants in a car and they would race to destination.

“Along the way, they will have to answer riddle-type historical questions for which they will be given marks. There will be five questions and 10 check points leading to the final destination.

“The participants can advance to the next check point only by answering the questions correctly. They will be given envelopes containing clues to reach the next check point,” he said.

The winner will take home RM1,000.

Leh said that entry forms for the race could be obtained from the Petroleum Museum.

Each team will have to pay a RM50 participation fee.

Other events include a children’s colouring contest, an exhibition of old gramophones by Johnny Lucas and the 100th anniversary exhibition on oil discovery and exploration in Sarawak.

Leh said there would be special gifts for lucky visitors to the Petroleum Museum on the day.

The Museums Department had called for immediate repair works on the Petroleum Museum’s faulty air-conditioning system, he said.

“Repairs are already underway. We will also instal additional air-conditioners and the work is expected to be completed by month-end,” he added.

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