It has been confirmed that the existing two-storey Dewan Tun Abdul Razak will be demolished to make way for a new museum, with planning entering its final stages.

Sarawak Museum Department director Ipoi Datan said the Dewan — a modest two-storey building that was once the seat of the State Legislative Assembly — would “probably have to give way” to the new facility.

The Dewan, named after Malaysia’s second prime minister, was the State Legislature complex between 1973 and 1975.

According to the department’s website, the building was converted into a museum exhibition gallery in 1982 and was officially opened in 1983.

According to sources, the design of the new museum is being undertaken by Arkitek KDI, which is also responsible for conceptualizing the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching, Kuching Hilton, Taman Kereta and Bau Civic Centre.

Although Ipoi was circumspect on details, he did reveal that the early design concept would be augmented with the input of consultants from Singapore.

Ipoi also disclosed that the proposed new museum would house galleries that “showcase the diverse cultures of Sarawak’s various communities”.

Source: The Star