Sarawak to develop own archive

Abang Johari speaks at the event. Photo: Pustaka Negeri Sarawak Facebook

SIBU: Sarawak will have its own archive to store texts and documents that are part of the state’s history for future generations.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state government had set aside RM250mil for the purpose.

“I support the setting up of an archive as we have many artifacts that are currently outside the state – we want to bring them home and we want to preserve them.

“When I went to the London Archives, I viewed the original copy of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and I saw the original land boundary document. This means, with an archive, we can exchange documents with libraries from overseas.

“It will also connect the library in Sibu with the library in Miri through the internet,” he said when officiating the launch of Pustaka Negeri here today.

Abang Johari said the state government would be restructuring the management of its libraries in line with current times.

“We have placed the libraries under the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) and the development of libraries now is focused in two directions.

“One is preserving hard copies of books and the other is going digital – we can’t run from digitalisation. Over time, digital library will be part and parcel of library development.

“However, despite this, there is still a place for hard copy books as there are still those who prefer them,” he said.

Earlier, Pustaka Negeri Sarawak board of management chairman Tan Sri Hamid Bugo said Pustaka Negeri Sibu would be linked to about 200 other libraries and research centres worldwide.