SIBU (November 1): Conservation work has been proposed to restore the Lau King Howe Hospital Memorial Museum, which the people of Sibu are proud of, said the Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research, Dr Annuar Rapaee.
He revealed that the proposed conservation works and the initial RM1.5 million budget for the project were presented in the presence of the President of the Lau King Howe Hospital Memorial Museum Association, Temenggong Dato Vincent Lau Lee. Ming, at a briefing here yesterday.
“Today’s briefing was done by our UCTS consultant, who is helping with the restoration work on this historic building in addition to providing the budget for the proposal.
“The briefing focused entirely on the restoration of this building and not on extension work to accommodate part of the exhibition space. They (UCTS) will come back to us later on the exhibition proposal, including the proposed budget.
“However, we prefer that the exhibition part be fully digitalized so that it is easier for visitors to the museum to understand what the equipment on display has been used for in the past – this is the historical part”, Dr Annuar, who is deputy minister. government and housing, told reporters after the University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS) briefing.
Regarding the proposed building extension, he said the public toilets next to the museum could make room for this purpose.
“We also want to expand the building as agreed by Temenggong Dato Vincent Lau earlier during the briefing.
“It has been proposed that the public toilets next to the building make way for the proposed extension as part of the exhibition area.”
Dr Annuar, who is a member of the Nangka assembly, pointed out that there is another public toilet at Skate Plaza housed in the Sibu Active Youth Space (SAYS) multi-use park, which is under construction at Dataran Tun Tuanku Bujang. Phase Two.
He also spoke about the proposal to convert the open space next to the museum for the landscape and housing a miniature Lau King Howe hospital.
“This is a miniature of the entire Lau King Howe Hospital – the original hospital setting. People might not remember what the hospital looked like before, ”he said.
Other topics discussed at the briefing included setting up a committee to review the “Lau King Howe Babies”.
In elaborating, Dr. Annuar estimated that around 200,000 people were born at the hospital, which served the people of Sibu from 1936 to 1994.
“So the idea is to get people born in this hospital to register as ‘Lau King Howe babies’ and to contribute a token – RM1 or RM10 – to this hospital where their names will be displayed.
“But we have not yet decided what place in the museum will be allocated for this purpose,” he said before informing that he too was born at Lau King Howe Hospital.
He stressed that the most important thing was that the people of Sibu take ownership of the museum and appreciate the contribution of Lau King Howe.
Chief Minister Michael Tiang’s Political Secretary, Dr Teh Jo Hun, Head of Health of Sibu Division, Dean of the School of the Built Environment at UCTS, Professor Haris Fadzilah Abdul Rahman, the President of the Chinese Cultural Association of Sarawak Lau Pek Kii, pediatrician Dr Toh Teck Hock and museum director John Ting were among those present.