Cultural park for S’wak after state polls, says Rais

Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim

KOTA KINABALU: The government plans to build a cultural park for Sarawak after the state election, Minister of Information Communication and Culture, Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, said yesterday.

He said the move was among steps to spread the spirit of 1Malaysia through the various cultures found in Malaysia.

“It is our policy in the ministry that each state has a cultural park where we can clearly display culture via a central institution.

“The ministry stresses that cultural parks in all states reflect the country’s cultures and carry the spirit of 1Malaysia so as to strengthen the country through our cultures,” Rais told reporters after visitingthe Sabah Cultural Park here.

He said each state cultural park should be built according to the arts and cultures in each state, especially regarding the outer facade of buildings.

Regarding the Sabah Cultural Park, Rais said the more than RM20 million project on 3.1 acre of land was expected to be ready by May 29 next year.

He said the park would not only be run by the State Arts and Culture Department but also be a centre to generate 1Malaysia solidarity which can develop human resources and a healthy Malaysian culture.

“In the park there will be many artifacts and also new segments like a sophisticated auditorium, a w e l l – e q u i p p e d administration centre as well as a top-spinning court as Sabah ismuch inclined to that culture,” he said. — Bernama

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