The National Archive opened it’s fifth building in Petra Jaya Kuching on 14 November 2022.

According to a report by DayakDaily, the building costing RM27 million, and it will serve as an important repository institution to treasure critical documents for future reference.

Construction on the five-storey building began in 2017 and was completed on April 1 this year.

The building was launched by Sarawak tourism, creative industry and performing arts minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Among records kept here are those belonging to the Sarawak Broadcast Department, the earliest copy of the Sarawak Gazette (1939) and a copy of the now defunct daily newspaper The Vanguard (1970).

There are also documents pertaining to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and Rajang Area Security Command (Rascom).

The National Archives said it does welcome donations of historical records and documents from the private sector and individual collectors.

Aside from Kuching, other National Archives buildings are located in Kedah-Perlis, Sabah-Labuan, Pahang and Perak.

Sarawak will also have it’s own Sarawak Archive Building which will be operated by PUSTAKA Sarawak.  This building is expected to be completed in 2024.

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