Following the introduction of the Local Museum Fundamentals and Guidelines, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Motac, is looking for further involvement from the private sector in working to develop museums.
Minister of Motac Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said that the nation does not currently have many private sector museums built.
“Most of our current existing museums were built by the government.
“If it’s possible, I’d like to encourage more museums to be built in the country, especially those from the private sector,” she said after the launch of the Local Museum Fundamentals and Guidelines (LMFG) in Kuala Lumpur.
With the launch, Nancy expressed hope that people would participate and get acquainted with the institution of the museum.
“Through this, they can also build their museums and later promote products such as trains, and also innovate their own to exhibit at their museums,” she said.
In Malaysia there are a total of 236 museums and 22 under the administration of the Museum Department (JMM), and not all museums through the department are placed under Motac.
In her keynote speech, Nancy said that the building of a museum in most western countries is regarded as important as building administration, religious and education centres.
“As such in Malaysia, the institution is advancing and the number keeps growing,” she said.
In the context of the First Rolling Plan, the 12th Malaysian plan, 2021-202, Motac provided funding to several state museums for development in this year. The first part of this fund was approved with RM 2.37 millions.
These museums are Kedah State Museum Board (RM250,000), Melaka Museums Corp (RM500,000), Terengganu State Museum Board (RM470,000), Kelantan State Museums Corp (RM400,000), Sabah Museums Department (RM250,000) and Sarawak Museums Department (RM500,000).
Furthermore, RM1.83 million is channelled for three museums to strengthen the tourism industry, namely Kedah State Museum Board (RM200,000), Melaka Museums Corp (RM1.21 million), and Perbadanan Adat Melayu dan Warisan Negeri Selangor (RM1.21 million) (RM420,000).
Nancy added that the funds cover conservation and restructuring and maintenance of the buildings for the convenience of tourism.
“The collaboration of the federal government and 103 museums under the state governments in enriching visitors’ experience is a part of Motac’s continuous commitment.
“From 2014 until last year, a total of RM279.45 million was channeled for museums via JMM, while Motac has approved the first allocation of RM20.25 million and the following will be done in the middle of the year,” she said.
She added that museums nowadays will need to be the agent of change and development.
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