Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A maritime museum for Kuching

KUCHING: The old Brooke Dockyard near Kuching Esplanade will soon be transformed into a maritime museum.

Sarawak Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said discussions between the Tourism Ministry, Sarawak Museum Department and the owner had been done and the project would be part of the Kuching Waterfront extension programme.

“We are now performing a detailed study on the project and it will involve the construction of facilities and improvements to the site. We are estimating a cost of around RM5 million for the project,” said Abang Johari.

He was met by reporters after visiting the Bintangor Waterfront yesterday.

Abang Johari, who is also the Satok assemblyman, added that two historical items would be retained – the dry dock and the crane, which are the first ever in Sarawak.

“The project will commence under the 11th Malaysia Plan and we will classify it as a heritage site upon completion,” he said.

He also said under the 11th Malaysia Plan, upgrading works to the embankment along the river from Kampung Sungai Bedil up to the jetty of Kampung Tanjung would be carried out.

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