Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bung Bratak set to be gazetted as Sarawak’s cultural heritage

BUNG Bratak, a 300m hill near Kuching with historical significance for the Bidayuh community, will be listed on the state’s heritage list once the necessary infrastructure and facilities have been put in place.

Bung Bratak Heritage Association chairman Datuk Peter Minos said works to build the infrastructure and facilities would begin as soon as funding was received from the Federal Government.

He said the association had requested for RM5mil, which was expected to be disbursed next year.

“In the meantime, we are designing the infrastructure and facilities such as the longhouse, the ‘baruk’ and the paths to the water source. We have also written to the Forest Department and the Land and Survey Department to gazette the site as communal forest and land.

“Once we are done with the infrastructure and facilities, we will submit our official application to the State Tourism and Heritage Ministry for the place to be gazetted as a heritage site,” he told StarMetro.

Minos said issues including ownership of crops and fruit trees at the site in Bau district, some 40km from Kuching, had been resolved.

He said only the hilltop would be gazetted, adding that everything found within the site would belong to the community in the area.

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