via Borneo Post, 06 November 2019: The new Sarawak Heritage Bill is passed in the state legislature, giving the government new powers to preserve the state’s heritage.
The new Sarawak Heritage Bill 2019, which was passed in the DUN yesterday, would allow for comprehensive protection and preservation of Sarawak’s heritage.
Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the Bill repealed the Sarawak Cultural Heritage Ordinance 1993, and would cover four new elements not previously covered by the Ordinance.
The new elements are administration, duties and responsibilities of the director, underwater heritage, and enforcement.
He said the inclusion of these parts and certain new provisions would widen the scope of heritage, and provide a clear framework in heritage conservation.