KUCHING:   Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) has embarked upon and expanded one of the state digital economy initiatives — to preserve Sarawak’s culture and heritage — through the first Ulu Baram Smart Heritage Strategic Plan and Action Plan 2020-2025 workshop themed ‘Rural Miri Smart Heritage’.

A total of five holistic thrusts were established to support the preservation and conservation, with the aid of technology, of both intangible and tangible heritage of the Ulu Baram community.

The findings will assist the Ulu Baram community in developing strategic action plans that are both systematic and inclusive.

State Legislative Assembly (DUN) deputy speaker Datuk Gerawat Gala, who is also Mulu assemblyman, officiated at the workshop.

Also present were Baram MP Anyi Ngau and Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau.

SMA deputy chief scientist and chief advisor for digital economy Prof Ir Dr Al-Khalid Othman shared the learning experiences and success stories of the Digital Economy and Old Kuching Smart Heritage (OKSHE) action plans.

“The state government has planned a lot of initiatives to develop Sarawak, therefore the local community’s attitude must change to embrace the developments,” said Gerawat, adding that the change in attitude would significantly help in community development and progress in Sarawak.  

“I am supporting the initiative to set up this new platform as it will enhance both the development plans for Kedaya Telang Usan and San area,” said Temenggong Joseph Ngau Lian.

A total of 33 local champions participated in the two-day workshop. Participants included Miri and Baram councillors as well as community leaders and entrepreneurs from the Miri and Baram regions.

Participants of the workshop with Gerawat (seated, fifth left).