Old Temburong District Office to be turned into museum

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THE old Temburong District Office will be turned into a museum, said the director of Museums Department yesterday.

Pg Dr Karim Pg Hj Osman said discussions with Temburong District Officer Hj Abd Hamid Dato Paduka Hj Abdullah had “basically agreed” on the location of the museum.

“(The building) needs renovations but the site is very good, because it is an old building and it is almost 50 years old, which means it has historical significance,” Pg Dr Karim said, adding that there are plans to gazette the building under the Antiquities and Treasure Trove Act 1967.

The museums director also said the museum would be very near to Tugu and the ‘Tugu Peringatan 1962’, the local monument in Temburong which is dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives during the Brunei Rebellion in 1962.

“So people will be able to visit that monument, and then they can just go to the museum which is very near,” Pg Dr Karim said.

When asked, Pg Dr Karim said it was still early to be sure of when the museum will be opened.

However, the director said he will be revisiting Temburong district tomorrow, along with representatives of the Tourism Department to not only look at the museum, but also to identify other potential sites for tourism in the district.

A meeting will also be held soon to decide potential locations for the Tutong museum, which is also on the agenda, Pg Dr Karim added.

Previously, the director said the museum in Belait district is slated to open in July this year.

Last month, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof said during the 12th Legislative Council session that there were plans to set up museums in each district, as part of efforts to promote cultural heritage.

The Brunei Times