Transforming Sarawak’s rural areas

Transforming Sarawak’s rural areas

A visit to a longhouse or a village in the interiors of Sarawak will enlighten one on the lifestyle of the people in the rural area. Some are farming and selling their crops to make a living while others are working as labourers in the mining, oil palm, construction and timber sectors in a small town or ‘pekan’ to sustain their livelihood and support their families. Normally, the men are the breadwinners of a family while the women will take care of the household chores and their children. Some women will also support their families by bringing harvested crops and produces such as vegetables from farm to sell at the markets in nearby towns. The hardship of living life in rural areas has prompted the people to yearn for better infrastructure and utilities to improve their welfare and enhance their lifestyle. In fact, some people living in rural areas still require basic necessities such as clean water and electricity supply to live a more comfortable...
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WALLS OF HISTORY: Old Kuching Smart Heritage (OKSHE)

WALLS OF HISTORY: Old Kuching Smart Heritage (OKSHE)

[WALLS OF HISTORY] Creative murals illustrating some of Sarawak's cultural village on shop lot walls in Kuching area. Commonly known as street art, these artworks gained encouragement and support from the Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) in 2015. A mural project called Old Kuching Smart Heritage (OKSHE) was then launched by DBKU to further encourage local artists in perserving past history through mural paintings. Photographer: RAZALI NORDIN #bernamaimages #imagesbernama #bernama #malaysia #sarawak #kucing #streetart #mural #paintings #history #illustration #preservation #walls #culture #heritage #unique #creative #DBKU #OKSHE #nikon #nikonasia #nikonmalaysia #nikanD5 @BERNAMA [Source: Facebook BERNAMA] Photo Credits: BERNAMA / RAZALI NORDIN...
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Agenda Warisan #Kuching #OKSHE Anjuran Dewan Bandaraya Kuching Utara

Agenda Warisan #Kuching #OKSHE Anjuran Dewan Bandaraya Kuching Utara

Memang hebat sambutan orang ramai terhadap majlis malam persembahan budaya di Kuching Waterfront bersempena dengan agenda warisan #Kuching #OKSHE anjuran Dewan Bandaraya Kuching Utara #DBKU bersama Konsulat Jeneral #Indonesia untuk Sarawak & #Sabah Terima kasih saya ucapkan kepada pihak penganjur kerana sudi menjemput saya serta isteri untuk menyaksikan acara yang memang #happening malam tadi. Semoga pihak penganjur dapat mengadakan acara seperti dimasa depan supaya dapat menarik ramai pelancong dari dalam dan luar negara. [Source: Facebook YB Karim Hamzah] Photo Credits: YB Karim Hamzah...
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Pengunjung Bertuah Di Agenda OKSHE

Pengunjung Bertuah Di Agenda OKSHE

Antara pengunjung-pengunjung bertuah yang berkunjung ke booth Unit Komunikasi awam Sarawak (UKAS) hari ini. Bagi yang belum berkunjung, anda masih berkesempatan memeriahkan suasana dan datang ke booth UKAS sempena penutupan Agenda OKSHE 2019 esok hari (31 Mac 2019). Borang ujibakat pembaca berita juga masih boleh didapati esok bagi yang berminat. Datanglah beramai-ramai bersama keluarga dan rakan-rakan! [Source: Facebook Unit Komunikasi Awam Sarawak - UKAS] Photo Credits: Unit Komunikasi Awam Sarawak - UKAS...
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Unit Komunikasi Awam Sarawak – UKAS Di Agenda OKSHE 2019

Unit Komunikasi Awam Sarawak – UKAS Di Agenda OKSHE 2019

Mari bersama-sama memeriahkan suasana Agenda OKSHE 2019 di Waterfront, Kuching bermula 25-31 Mac 2019. Terdapat pelbagai aktiviti dan hadiah menarik menunggu pengunjung-pengunjung disamping mendapat pelbagai ilmu pengetahuan mengenai Old Kuching Heritage. Untuk makluman, Unit Komunikasi Awam Sarawak membuka booth nombor 26 & 27 untuk pengunjung. Bagi yang berminat membaca berita, boleh dapatkan borang ujibakat di booth kami. Sambil berhibur kita menambah pengetahuan. #AgendaOKSHO2019[Source: Facebook Unit Komunikasi Awam Sarawak - UKAS] Photo Credits: Unit Komunikasi Awam Sarawak - UKAS...
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COLOURING HERITAGE BUILDINGS?

COLOURING HERITAGE BUILDINGS?

“The adage “old is gold” [rings] true when it {comes] to preserving historical buildings in the country. ‘Leave the buildings as it is and give them a new coat of paint of the same colour. This is the correct way of preserving them and stop approving high-rise or modern buildings. […] It is not just about protecting existing buildings, but also the feel of the place.’ “ This was a comment by a Straits-born heritage lover, Ms Baba Rizal Abdullah, on developments in Melaka’s Unesco heritage zone, reported in a recent New Straits Times article. “‘Even now in the core [Melala heritage] zone, heritage buildings have been painted with garish colours, such as red, green, blue and yellow, which should not be allowed when the original colour of these buildings were white’, she said, adding that the buildings were now painted that way, perhaps, to attract business. She said the owners of the premises must return to the original heritage of their buildings instead...
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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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