Seeking Unesco heritage listing for Kuching sites

Sarawak’s chief minister says several locations in Kuching are to be proposed as world heritage sites. (Bernama pic)

KUCHING: The Sarawak government plans to propose several locations in Kuching city for listing as world heritage sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).

Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg said the state government and Kuching North City Hall will identify historical sites in the state capital for listing.

“We will upgrade the Sarawak Cultural Heritage Ordinance. Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (state tourism, arts, culture, youth and sports minister) is working on it.

“Most probably, we will table the new enactment on heritage at the next Sarawak state legislative assembly sitting, and the law provision has to be amended first,” he told reporters after opening the Gawai Dayak Bazaar in India Street here.

Commenting further, Abang Johari, however, said, there were several conditions that needed to be fulfilled before local experts can study on the matter.

“For example, in Penang, they can declare certain streets as world heritage sites because it has met all the requirements of Unesco,” he added.