Thursday, September 20, 2007

Art gallery plan in Kota Kinabalu city centre

KOTA KINABALU - All that's left of a colonial building in the heart of the city's financial hub here are its concrete pillars and the floor.

But even in its pathetic condition now, Sabah Art Gallery director Datuk Yaman Mus sees it as an historic centrepiece that deserves attention.

For that, Yaman has made it his mission for nearly 30 years to turn the structure into an art gallery. And it may soon be realised. Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said funds were being sought to rebuild the government-owned structure at a prime lot along Jalan Pantai.

"It is the perfect location for an art gallery where the works of local artists can be highlighted and provide another attraction for tourists."

Masidi said he saw no reason why it should not be turned into a gallery as at present the Sabah Art Gallery was located in the city outskirts.

Built in 1918, it used to be the post office, later housed the Land and Survey Department and eventually the Welfare Department.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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