Lau (second right) and Ting view some of the artifacts on display at the museum. – Photo by Conny Banji
SIBU (July 27): The Sibu Cultural Heritage Museum will get proper maintenance if the Sarawak Museum takes over its management, said Temenggong Dato Vincent Lau.
He said the museum here is a tourist attraction where visitors can learn about the history of Sibu in particular and Sarawak in general.
“Eventually, we hope Sarawak Museum will take over the management of Sibu Cultural Heritage Museum.
“I think the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Entrepreneur Development under its minister Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah is contemplating whether the museum will remain under the management of Sibu Civic Centre or to hand it over to the Sarawak Museum.
“I hope they will come to a decision so that this museum can be run smoothly and maintained properly,” he told reporters when met after visiting the museum yesterday.
Lau was accompanied by Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting during the visit.
He also said the SMC-owned Sibu Heritage Centre which houses the museum has been around for 70 years and required a lot of repairs and maintenance.
The museum is now fully reopened to members of the public after it was closed for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It was reopened in April but only for groups on appointment basis.
“We hear that this arrangement is not that satisfactory. We want people to come at regular opening hours.
“This museum has a lot of artifacts of all races in Sibu like the Chinese, Iban, Malay, Melanau, Bidayuh, and Orang Ulu, and it should open on normal hours to the public.
Among the artifacts are ceramics pieces aged over 1,000 years donated by the Lim Poh Chiang family.
The museum is open to visitors on Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. Visit on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays are on appointment basis only.