Heritage, Cultures and Arts Facilities Fund aimed at supporting creative industry in Sarawak

Ting (fourth from right, front row) with stakeholders from various government agencies at the launch of the roadshow on Wednesday.

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By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, June 29: The Sarawak government has given its full support in helping the creative industry sector recover from the Covid-19 pandemic through the Heritage, Cultures and Arts Facilities Fund.

Deputy Minister for Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts I Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew disclosed that this fund was established to encourage and to ensure the continuity of heritage, cultures and arts that have been affected due to the pandemic.

“This fund is open to all individual arts activists, associations, organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Sarawak,” he pointed out.

Ting added that Sarawak is one of the many countries that is rich in culture, historical backgrounds, sites and buildings.

He pointed out that the tourism industry played a big role in economic development, especially in Sarawak.

“This is proven when we had a slump in 2020 and 2021 when the pandemic started. From January to May 2022, we have finally come to light in tourism industry in Sarawak when we have reached 439,150 tourists coming into our country compared to the previous year. In addition to that, Sarawak aimed to welcome 1.2 million tourists this year with RM3.2 billion profit gains,” he said.

Ting was speaking at the launch of the ‘Roadshow of Sarawak Heritage Ordinance 2019’ in Miri on Wednesday.

In addition to that, he said, the new ordinance will help to assist in efforts to conserve, preserve and managing heritage assets efficiently and will add value to historical buildings, monuments, and sites.

Also present at the launch of the roadshow was Sarawak Museum department deputy director Dayang Morzanah Awang Haddy. — DayakDaily