MBKS, DBKU to build heritage trail connecting murals in Kuching city

(From second left) Zaiedi, Hilmy and Wee together with other guests photographed during the Lion Dance Performance in India Street, Kuching on Feb 14, 2024.

KUCHING, Feb 14: Kuching South City Council (MBKS) and Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) are working together to build a heritage trail which will connect all the street murals in their areas.

MBKS mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng said his team is currently completing their mural trail in Padungan before they can connect them to the ones under DBKU’s jurisdiction.

“The Heritage Mural Trail will start from DBKU and go all the way to Padungan, so we can connect all these trails together.

“We have already spoken to the Minister (Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Minister Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah) on this matter and he asked us to submit a proposal.

“It will be another interesting mural trail for the whole of Kuching area for 2024,” he told reporters during the Lion Dance Performance at India Street here today.

The trend of street art dates back to early 2015, when DBKU started a mural project under the Old Kuching Smart Heritage (OKSHE) agenda to record the past history in those heritage streets through murals.

Meanwhile, DBKU mayor Hilmy Othman stressed that both city councils will not be able to implement the Heritage Mural Trail alone without the cooperation of the local community, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and respective associations.

“Their cooperation is necessary especially because they know the features surrounding them.

“We cannot tell them what to do. Let them tell us what to do and we try to work together with them if it can be done. By all means, we have to pursue that matter,” he said.

Also present was MBKS deputy mayor Dato Zaiedi Suhaili. — DayakDaily