Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Sarawak Wartime Heritage events impress Australian visitors

KUCHING: Australian War Graves Department gave credit to Sarawak Wartime Heritage following reports of the successful wartime heritage events participated by Australian war veterans visiting Sarawak. Kathy Upton Mitchell deputy director of the Australian War Graves Department, accompanied by Commander Nick Hart, deputy defence advisor of Australian High Commission Kuala Lumpur, made the remarks when she paid a special call and meeting with the chairman of Heritage Development Committee of Sarawak Tourism Federation (STF) Lim Kian Hock.

They had stopped over in Kuching after attending the Sandakan Day Memorial Service.

The meeting was held in Batu Lintang Mini Museum, where senior lecturer Dr Hamimah and the RAC architect and landscape consultants were also present.

Lim briefed them on the development of the committee and the wartime historical heritage of World War II with its starting point at Batu Lintang in 1997.

They were also briefed on the historical installation of the Bario Memorial Sculpture on March 25 this year to commemorate the contribution of some 2,000 local tribal warriors supporting the group of British and Australian commandos who parachute- landed in Bario 65 years ago on March 26 1945 to start ‘Operation Semut’ against the Japanese to liberate Sarawak and Borneo.

Progress on the current restoration and landscaping works of the WWII Heroes Graves at Jalan Taman Budaya and the inspiring Wartime Heritage Exhibition at Sarawak Museum were also explained.

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