Restoration & Conservation Project Of Rumah Sri Aman (Formerly Known As Government Rest House) For The Purpose Of Turning Into The Sri Aman Museum In Sarawak

“KUCHING, July 15 2022: Rumah Sri Aman, where the Sri Aman Declaration was signed between Sarawak government and the communists on October 21, 1973, will be turned into a museum next year. Sarawak Minister for Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the launch of the Sri Aman Museum will be in line with the Declaration’s 50th anniversary next year.”


The town was formerly known as Simanggang before it was given the name Sri Aman. The town of Sri Aman is a bustling center especially at the morning market that sells an astonishing range of jungle products, agricultural produce, local handicrafts as well as fresh- water fish and prawns. There are many coffee shops that provide Malay and Chinese cuisine. Sri Aman is also a popular rest-stop for visitors traveling further up to the Batang Ai National Park or for those traveling onwards to the central and northern cities of Sarawak. It is also where thousands gather to watch the benak (tidal bore) and a festival has been built around this natural occurrence.
Rumah Sri Aman or previously known as Rumah Segi Lapan (Octagonal House) was built during Rajah Brooke reigned. It was known as the octagon building due to its unique structure, which included eight walls designed. Situated high on a hill, the white house was formerly known as the Government Rest House. It was used as an administrative center where it houses several government departments. On 21 October 1973, Rumah Sri Aman had witnessed the signing of ‘Peace Declaration’ between Sarawak Government and North Kalimatan Communist Party (PARAKU) which ended the confrontation of Malaysia- Indonesia. Today, Rumah Sri Aman has been conserved and has become one of the iconic buildings in Sri Aman Town.

Repair Strategy

Step 1: Removal of existing wall plaster.

Step 2: Treat the brick wall with damp proof course, a moisture barrier to prevent rising dampness.

Step 3: Apply cocoon treatment for brick wall to absorb the salt inside the brick

Step 4: To improve the property of the brick walls

Step 5: Apply lime plaster after the completion of treatment of brick walls.

Step 6: Apply finishing lime wash to the wall.

Step 7: Apply bituminous self-adhesive performed waterproofing or damp-proof membrane on the floor.

Step 8: Painting work.

Key Takeaways

Heritage is a piece of our past that has been saved for the present and will be passed on to succeeding generations. Heritage is thought of as knowledge that is defined within social, political, and cultural context and is conceived as the meanings associated to the past in the present. An individual community’s cultural identity and heritage are symbolised by old and historic buildings
Conservation of heritage buildings is initiated by the government and private sector in Malaysia. The government showed effort to appreciate the existing of heritage buildings in Malaysia by establishing the National Heritage Department of Malaysia (Jabatan Warisan Negara) in the year 2006. Heritage buildings conservation can be described in many words. However, what is conservation? In general, conservation is a technical activity towards historical buildings. In order to conserve the heritage buildings’ material and structure, physical effort was required. It is a procedure to stop degradation, and the goal is to make buildings last longer.
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