Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka director Abang Haliman Abang Julai (centre) hands over a souvenir to Dr Annuar as UCTS vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Khairuddin Abdul Hamid (second right) and others look on.

SIBU: Heritage is a value that can be passed down for generations and it could be in the form of customs, culture, locality, buildings, archives and manuscripts.

According to Education, Science and Technological Research Assistant Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee, old buildings need to be preserve.

“About two or three month ago, members of the Institute of Language and Literature (Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka) and I met with Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg. I conveyed a wish on the matter and the chief minister agreed that Al-Qadim mosque, which was built in 1862, preceded its restoration work.”

“Al-Qadim mosque is the oldest building here and we need to take care of it so that the people would know about its history,” he said during a Sarawak Tribes Vocabulary event held at University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS) today.

He added that historic buildings in Europe are preserved well even though their country is rapidly developing.

But it is different here as many old buildings were demolished for the sake of rapid development.

“We should maintain the old buildings in order to preserve their heritage,” he said.