The massive Sarawak Museum Complex (SMC) project will handed over to the Sarawak government this month.
Built on a cost of RM308 million, the complex is designed to complement the existing Sarawak State Legislative Assembly (DUN) building with the distinctive gold colour of the museum’s roof and façade cladding chosen to match the DUN’s colour scheme.
According to a news article by The Borneo Post, Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said that SMC would become the second largest museum building in Southeast Asia, and would serve as a new landmark for Sarawak.
The largest museum in Southeast Asia is the Singapore National Museum.
He was also quoted as saying that it will play an important role in Sarawak’s tourism, history, culture and heritage.
Despite being handed over, the complex would only be opened to public at the end of 2020. The delay according to an article by the New Sarawak Tribune is to allow all the artifacts to be placed in the exhibition hall.
The museum complex would be used for exhibiting unique collections related to Sarawak, and be a centre of collections, references as well as education in the future.