15 from Sarawak to take part in National Museum Day

 

Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture permanent secretary Datu Ik Pahon Joyik (third right) handing over the Sarawak flag to contingent leader Zakaria Bojeng (second left) with State Museum Department director Ipoi Datan as witness. Photo: Doreen Ling

KUCHING: A contingent comprising 15 from Sarawak will take part in this year’s National Museum Day that will be held in Terengganu from the 14 to 21 May.

The contingent, led by Zakaria Bojeng, will be taking part in a variety of activities such as seminars, exhibitions, and traditional sports.

According to State Museum Department director Ipoi Datan, this is also in conjunction with International Museum Day which will be held on the 18th this month.

“The theme for this year is ‘Museums and contested history: Saying the unspeakable in museums’.

“History is a vital tool for defining a given people’s identity and each of us defines ourselves through important and fundamental historic events.

“Contested histories are unfortunately not isolated traumatic events as these histories, which are often little known or misunderstood, resonate universally as they concern and affect us all.

“Museum collections offer reflections of memories and representations of history and this day will therefore provide an opportunity to show how museums display and depict traumatic memories to encourage visitors to think beyond their own individual experiences,” he said during a press conference.

After the press conference, a flag handing-over ceremony was held which saw the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture permanent secretary Datu Ik Pahon Joyik handing over the Sarawak flag to Zakaria.