Sarawak seeks Unesco heritage site status for Niah Caves

Abang Johari speaking at the function.

MULU: The Sarawak government is in the midst of nominating the Niah Caves in Miri Division for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) World Heritage Site status.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the application had been submitted through the federal government by Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

“We applied for Niah to be made as a cultural heritage (site). We are bidding for the Unesco listing for the place.

“That is also a place that is important for us to improve its Internet connectivity,” he said when officiating at the launch of high-speed broadband Internet connection here on Wednesday (April 7).

Abang Johari said for Mulu, which has been designated as a Unesco World Heritage Site, it needed to be preserved and equipped with basic infrastructure.

“For our economy to move, we need to have Internet connectivity along with infrastructure such as electricity, treated water and roads.

“Internet infrastructure is important as it allows for e-commerce activities.”

He said the state government would work closely with the federal government to improve Internet connectivity statewide.

“The prime minister, during his recent visit to Sarawak, also emphasised on digital economy and that Sarawak and the federal government shared the same vision in terms of policies.”

Last year, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan disclosed that efforts were currently ongoing and done in stages for the Niah Caves National Park to be listed as a World Heritage Site.