SHS launched its ‘Heritage Quest’ (HQ) campaign in November 2018 as part of its efforts to highlight and preserve Sarawak’s cultural heritage assets.

HQ called on the public – through advertisements in local print media and social media – to help identify ‘items of significant heritage interest’ worth being protected. The deadline for submissions was set at end January 2019. Over the less than three months (from 11 November 2018 to 31 January 2019) 264 submissions have been received. Here is the full list of these submissions.

The campaign aims to develop reference material for additional listing and gazetting of heritage items that are not in the list of cultural heritage items already gazetted by the Government as historic buildings, monuments and sites.

The items submitted cover tangible and intangible cultural heritage, as well as some natural heritage – as follows:

 

Category

No. of submissions

Natural Heritage

10

Cultural Heritage

Tangible

Buildings

143

Monuments

15

Areas

57

(Mixed/Unsure)

16

Intangible

23

Total

264

 

Most of the submissions received comprise of heritage items located in the wider Kuching. However, there are also a number highlighting heritage items from other divisions of Sarawak, as shown in the table below.

 

Category

Location

No. of submissions

Natural/Tangible heritage

Kuching

165

Serian

8

Sri Aman

3

Betong

4

Sibu

8

Mukah

4

Bintulu

4

Kapit

6

Miri

36

(General)

3

Intangible

23

Total

264

 

HS has set up a working committee to analyse these submissions and has hired an intern. This team has engaged in an initial screening and will in the next few months aim at documenting the submitted items and gauge their heritage significance, value (according to established criteria such as those of the Sarawak Heritage Ordinance 1993 and the National Heritage Act 2005) and status (i.e. whether or not they have been gazetted/protected).

The objective is to publish a documented list significant heritage items of Sarawak.

It is hoped that the project will enhance public engagement and awareness-building on cultural heritage and contribute to an expansion of the list of officially protected heritage assets.