Saturday, January 09, 2010

Sabah to have world class art gallery

Kota Kinabalu: The Sabah Art Gallery (SAG) is close to achieving its 20-year-old objective to have its own building with the construction of a four-storey Sabah Visual Art Conservation Centre near the National Archives at Mile 2, Jalan Penampang, here.

Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun officiated at the ground-breaking ceremony for the proposed RM16million centre at the site on Friday, witnessed by SAG Director Datuk Mohd Yaman Haji Ahmad Mus and Ministry's Permanent Secretary Datuk Susannah Liaw among others.

The construction, which is to start immediately, is expected to be completed within 18 months.

The centre which will make Sabah the first state to have its own dedicated building as an art gallery, is expected to boost the State's visual art development as well as the preservation of its artistic heritage.

Masidi also hoped that once the construction is completed the government would be to provide additional allocations for the completion of its second phase of development.

"At the same time, we also hope that we can have another building for the art gallery built at the city centre and hopefully (we can achieve this) under the Tenth Malaysia Plan with an assumption that the legal problem is settled," he told reporters after the ceremony.

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