FRIDAY, 19 DECEMBER –
Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) went a step further by establishing a Borneo Heritage Research Unit (BoHRU) to conduct research related to Borneo artistic heritage such as visual arts, music and creative.
Led by its first Unit Head, Dr. Low Kok On, the unit among others will publish academic writing, especially books and journals related to the field of arts with focus on the indigenous people of Borneo.
According to the Minister of Local Government and Housing, Datuk Seri Haji Hajiji Haji Noor, the establishment of BoHRU was timely to preserve the heritage of Borneo since it was the root to the ethnic identity of the natives of Sabah.
“Personally, I fully support the establishment of this unit in order to conserve the field of Borneo heritage which is priceless. This heritage is the heritage of our ancestors, just by doing a lot of research we can highlight to the public its value,” he urged.
His speech was read by Assistant Minister 1, Ministry of Local Government and Housing (KKTP) Sabah, Datuk Dr. Joachim Gunsalam at the official opening of BoHRU at Dewan Resital UMS, yesterday.
At the function, two books were published by BoHRU titled ‘Teka-teki Warisan Peribumi Sabah Terpilih’ and ‘Dokumentasi Teka-teki, Peribahasa dan Cerita Jenaka Lisan Orang KadazanDusun, Murut, Bajau dan Melayu Brunei”.
BoHRU is a unit under the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Heritage (FKSW), which conducts research covering Brunei Darussalam, Kalimantan, Sabah and Sarawak since 2012. – ZMD (fl)
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