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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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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