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Siniawan heritage project to be launched
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Siniawan heritage project to be launched.
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By Zora Chan

KUCHING: A community heritage conservation project, ‘Reminiscing forgotten treasures … Siniawan’ will be launched today at the Swee Guk Kung Temple, Siniawan in Bau at 6.30pm Sunday, August 23rd, 2009.

Sarawak Heritage Society (SHS) and Wujiaoji (The Talent and Art Performing Group) have initiated the project together with the Siniawan local community through the Siniawan Heritage Conservation Committee.

A press release said this project is supported by BlueScope Lysaght (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility.

The project launch will coincide with one of Swee Guk Kung Temple’s main celebrations and is open to the public.

Siniawan was in the past a vibrant bazaar associated with mining and rubber plantations.

It has had a very interesting social and cultural history woven together by the co-existence of the Bidayuh, Malay and Chinese communities.

This project intends to rekindle local pride and a sense of belonging through a series of activities.

Among the activities are research and compilation of local history, documentation and establishment of guidelines to encourage conservation of the historical buildings (tangible cultural heritage) and to develop programmes for the continuation of the cultural traditions (intangible cultural heritage).

As Siniawan may not be a main economic, industrial or agriculture centre, the project intends to bring Siniawan to public attention and attract visitors.

This is because the bazaar holds potential in cultural tourism and with proper planning and development, can help to sustain the old township without greatly affecting the spirit of the place.

Not far from Siniawan bazaar is a significant natural heritage site at Peninjau, which is located at the foothills of the Serembu Mountain.

Naturalist and a self-described ‘beetle collector’, Alfred Russel Wallace conducted research in Peninjau to develop his theory of natural selection during James Brooke’s era, which is believed to have contributed to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Wallace travelled some 14,000 miles in the mid-19th century to what are now Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. He spent 15 months in Sarawak.

Posted on: 2009/8/24 10:03
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