In a recent statement, the President of the Sarawak Heritage Society Dato Sri Robert Jacob Ridu outlined following wishlist for measures to enhance heritage management in the forthcoming 2017 Government budget:
- To budget funds in the Sarawak Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture for the setting up and operation of a small, competent staffed unit/bureau dedicated to policy formulation and oversight on heritage (tangible and intangible) regulation and management, and the development and implementation of programmes. This should not be confused with Museum functions;
- To set aside, in the development budget, a sizeable annual grant for contribution towards the conservation of varied publicly and privately owned heritage assets;
- To draw up financial incentives to assist owners of privately owned heritage assets to conserve and maintain their assets for posterity.
. Borneo Post article: “Sarawak Heritage Society wants funds from Budget 2017“, 13 Oct. 2016
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