Conserving our heritage

Conserving our heritage

The current condition of the old Kuching Railway Terminus building. — Photos: courtesy of Sarawak Heritage Society THE Sarawak Heritage Society (SHS) made a fascinating revelation about Kuching’s history this week. According to the society, ongoing drainage works at Jalan Masjid, Jalan Market and Jalan Lebuh Jawa in the city centre have unearthed old railway tracks which used to serve Kuching in the early 20th century. “This re-discovery acts as a reminder that the area is charged with history,” SHS said in a statement. It said Sir Charles Brooke, Sarawak’s second Rajah, set up the Sarawak Government Railway Line which opened on April 9, 1916. The first phase of the track, which was completed in early 1915, connected the Kuching Railway Terminus to the Third Mile Bazaar, crossing Green Road and going along what used to be called Jalan Keretapi (now part of Jalan Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce). By the end of 1915, according to SHS, the line had been extended to the Seventh Mile Bazaar...
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RESTORATION OF FORT ALICE (SRI AMAN) WINS MALAYSIAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS’ GOLD MEDAL

RESTORATION OF FORT ALICE (SRI AMAN) WINS MALAYSIAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS’ GOLD MEDAL

A few weeks ago, PAM (Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia, the Malaysian Institute of Architects) held its 2017 Awards ceremony. The winner, Gold Medalist, in the “Conservation” category was… the restoration of Fort Alice, Sri Aman. The architect of the project was none other than Arkitek JFN Sdn Bhd, directed by Mike Boon. The jury citation was following: “The attention to detail reflected in the restoration of this old fort is truly amazing while the effort made to engage the local community in helping to preserve history for future generations is just as impressive.” Mike, who is a past President and founding member of the Sarawak Heritage Society, has worked tirelessly on this project in tandem with Dr John Ting, architecture historian. In addition to the physical restoration of the fort, he led SHS’s Community Engagement project that accompanied it. Our warm congratulations to Mike and his team! In the media: These are the winners of the Malaysian architecture Oscars, Star2.com, 17 May 2017 To see our previous coverage...
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‘Racial, religious unity in Sarawak something money can’t buy’

‘Racial, religious unity in Sarawak something money can’t buy’

Ong (third right) and his family in a photo call during their Hari Raya Open House yesterday. KUCHING: The strong racial harmony in Sarawak coupled with the virtues of tolerance and acceptance among those of various faiths is something that no amount of money can buy. Malaysian Chinese Muslim Association (Macma) Sarawak chairman Mohammad Tony Ong Abdullah said racial harmony is the key ingredient that binds the community together, thus allowing the state to achieve greater economic and social development. “Sarawak is truly unique where racial harmony remains intact and the virtues of tolerance and acceptance of people from other faiths are prevalent in every facet of society. “The sense of belonging as a Sarawakian, where unity is very strong among races in the state, is something that money cannot buy. You can hardly find it anywhere else,” he said when met at his Hari Raya Open House, here yesterday. Ong also stressed the importance of maintaining the tradition of festive open houses, saying it...
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Suziana, Matthew crowned Miss, Mister BTV

Suziana (centre) flanked by Priscillya (left) and Emilia. — Photos by Chimon Upon BAU: Suziana Damik and Matthew Malong Bill bested nine finalists to be crowned Miss and Mister Borneo Tribal Festival 2019 held at Borneo Tribal Village (BTV), Kampung Apar Singai here on Saturday. Winners were awarded RM1,000 cash, a crown, sash, trophy, a certificate and RM2,000 worth of products and services from Borneo Medispa, four-day three-night’s stay at BTV and other goodies by the Borneo Tribal Festival advisor Datuk Peter Nansian. For the male category, the first runner-up was Dino Randy Keni and the second runner-up was Mohammad Zahid Ngaiman. For the female category, Emilia Mujan Kayan was the first runner up while the second runner-up was Priscillya Stevenson Satu. The first runner-up for both categories received a cash prize of RM800, a sash, a trophy, a certificate, three-day two-night’s stay at BTV and goodies. The second runners-up received RM600, a sash, a trophy, certificate, two-day one-night stay at BTV plus other goodies. Subsidiary titles...
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39 groups to take part in Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival

39 groups to take part in Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival

Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (third from right) and organisers of the Rainforest World Music Festival to be held in July. KUCHING: Thirty-nine groups from more than 20 countries will take part in the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF), a top draw for foreign visitors, here from July 12 to 14. The showcase of international folk and indigenous music and songs, which began in 1998 with an audience of only about 300 people, is expected to draw a crowd in excess of 20,000 this year. According to the organisers, the festival will feature eight new countries or cultures, from Nagaland in northeast india, Bhutan, Canary Islands, Mauritius, West Kalimantan (Dayaks), Jamaica, Estonia as well as the Ainu culture from Japan. State Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah told reporters today the Rainforest World Music Festival has put Sarawak on the world map for indigenous and folk music and songs. With the influx of...
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Sarawak identifies 19 new historical monuments and sites

Sarawak identifies 19 new historical monuments and sites

KUCHING: Sarawak has identified 19 new historical buildings, monuments and sites to be added to its heritage list. Urban Development and Tourism Minister Datuk Wong Soon Koh said the additional sites were approved by the state Cabinet last month and were now in the process of being gazetted. The buildings, dating back to the 18th century, include the Tua Pek Kong Temple built in 1770, the Bishop's House (1848), St James' Church in Quop (1865), St Thomas' Secondary School (1885), St Joseph's Secondary School (1894), the Chinese Chamber of Commerce (1912) and a "baruk" or Bidayuh headhouse in Kampung Opar (1952). Also approved were five historical sites in the Santubong area near here, including Bongkissam, where a Buddhist tantric shrine has been discovered; Sungai Jaong, where there are primitive rock carvings; and Tanjong Kubor and Tanjong Tegok, the sites of ancient Chinese cemeteries. Wong said the newly-approved sites were all located in the Kuching division. "Slowly we will identify and approve more buildings and monuments...
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Use Gawai Dayak to enhance unity, Kenyah community told

Use Gawai Dayak to enhance unity, Kenyah community told

Anyi (third left) joining in a paddy harvesting ceremony to symbolically launch the 3rd Majlis Selamat Lepa Ajau organised by Peng Lepo Abong, Long Julan Pelutan on Saturday. Also seen are Dennis (third right) and James (fourth right). MIRI: Baram MP Anyi Ngau has advised members of the Kenyah community to take the Gawai Dayak or Lepa Ajau in their native language as an opportunity to enhance unity and solidarity among themselves. Anyi noted that Gawai Dayak is a unique festival as it is not only an occasion of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest but also serves as platform to bring the people of various races and religions in Sarawak to come together in an atmosphere of celebration and peace. “For us the Orang Ulu community, like the Kenyahs, the spirit and concept is the same as Gawai Dayak celebrated by the Ibans and Bidayuhs. “Through this Lepa Ajau, we can promote the spirit of unity besides being a nation-building platform. “I am happy that...
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‘Promote Bisapug villages, handicraft, culture to tourists’

‘Promote Bisapug villages, handicraft, culture to tourists’

Sagah (standing centre) with the villagers and committee members in a photocall. KUCHING: Assistant Minister of Native Land Development Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn on Saturday suggested that the Bisapug association set up a handicraft centre to promote local handicrafts and increase the socio economy of the people in the area. Sagah pointed out that the Bidayuh Bisapug villages — Kpg Sarig, Kpg Simpok and Kpg Mundai — are located within greater Kuching city and could become a tourist attraction. “I see great potential in the development of local handicrafts of the Bisapug community. It will benefit the locals if a handicraft centre can be built to sell the products to tourists,” Sagah pointed out when officiating the Bung Brunggu Heritage Trail Climbathon 2019 at Kpg Sarig in Padawan. Sagah, who is Tarat assemblyman, said the Bidayuhs should think of ways to generate income for the village and themselves, adding that there were many attractive places to be developed and promoted to tourists. “Bidayuhs cannot...
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Tarannum Jadi Amalan Harian

Tarannum Jadi Amalan Harian

“AKTIVITI ini (bertaranum) sudah menjadi amalan saya. Bukan setakat di rumah, malah ketika di dalam kereta dan melepak bersama rakan juga saya bertaranum,” kata Hadi Mohd Sharkawi, 27, dari Sarawak.Peserta qari Majlis Tilawah dan Menghafaz al-Quran Peringkat Kebangsaan (MTHQK) 1440H/2019M berkata, dia mempunyai minat mendalam dalam bidang berkenaan sejak berusia lapan tahun. Katanya, disebabkan minat dia berusaha sendiri mendalami ilmu itu tanpa paksaan daripada bapa Mohd Sharkawi Ali Akbar, 60, dan ibu Eliza Said, 54, sebaliknya mereka yang memberi sokongan termasuk dari segi kewangan. “Biasanya apabila ada masa terluang saya membaca al-Quran dan bertaranum untuk meningkatkan kualiti bacaan.“Saya memperuntukkan masa tiga kali seminggu untuk bersenam dan berenang bagi mengekalkan stamina.“Setiap bulan saya ke Kuala Lumpur untuk belajar taranum dengan johan qari Tilawah al-Quran peringkat antarabangsa 2011, Ustaz Amir Rahman Abbas,” katanya.Jurutera penyelidik dan pembangunan elektrik di Sarawak Energy Bhd itu berkata, walaupun berdepan kesibukan kerja, tetapi dia perlu bijak membahagikan masa supaya minatnya dapat diteruskan.Katanya, dia sedang menyambung pengajian separuh masa dalam...
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10 Perkara Menarik Tentang Sambutan Hari Raya di Sarawak

10 Perkara Menarik Tentang Sambutan Hari Raya di Sarawak

10 Perkara Menarik Tentang Sambutan Hari Raya di Sarawak By  Cikgu Emmet Menulis Foto oleh: Dayang Siti Aishah Sembilan hari lagi jika diizin Allah maka dapatlah kita menyambut Hari Raya Puasa atau Aidil Fitri. Sebagai orang Malaya yang tinggal di Bumi Kenyalang ini saya telah melalui suasana Hari Raya di Sarawak hampir belasan kali. Maka saya sudah tahu adat dan kelaziman tatkala Hari Raya disambut oleh masyarakat Islam di sini. Bagi sahabat saya yang berada di Semenanjung, saya ingin kongsikan sedikit apa yang LAZIM semasa menyambut Aidil Fitri di Sarawak. Manakala bagi yang pernah menetap di Sarawak semoga akan tergamit memori anda saat berhari raya di Sarawak. Bagi sahabat Sarawakian bolehlah tambah jika masih kurang maklumat yang saya sampaikan. 1. Kelupis Jika di Semenanjung, ketupat lemang menjadi hidangan ruji saat Hari Raya. Di Sarawak kami sering menyediakan Kelupis sebagai juadah. Rasanya seakan ketupat pulut cuma ia lebih lembut dan berkanji serta lebih manis rasanya. Selalu dimakan dengan rendang, kari dan sekaya telur. Hidangan ini memang hidangan asal masyarakat Borneo kerana selain...
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