By Sam TanjongdagSource: Sam TanjangdagThe government of Malaysia is preparing to open a federal arts college next month in the north-eastern province of Sarawak, the first step towards opening a state university in the region.
Malaysia’s premier said he was looking at the feasibility of opening the new institution next month.
The government has previously opened arts colleges in other parts of the country, but these were not linked to a state.
The government plans to hold an open day in April to introduce the new college, and said it will hold an event in October to celebrate the opening.
A number of state-owned private institutions have already opened in Sarawaks province, but none in the country’s main north-western city of Kedah.
This is the first time that Malaysia has opened an arts college to the north of Sarawsak.
In August, Sarawans leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced plans to open the first state-run arts college after his party won a general election in September.
Anwar had also previously indicated the opening of the Sarawang Arts College was a top priority for his government.
“The next step is for us to open Sarawagan Arts College in the next year,” he told a local news channel on Tuesday.
“We will be opening the first college in 2019.
It will be the first institution in the state.
We are hoping to open other colleges later on.”
The Sarawagon Arts College will be located on a former military base, and will be funded by a state-of-the-art IT and communications centre, and a building to house its administrative staff.
It will be open to students from across the state and will serve a similar purpose to a regional state university.
But the opening is not without controversy.
Several opposition lawmakers have voiced concerns over the institution’s proximity to the main Sarawaku military base.
At the time of the launch, opposition leader Sarawong Kita said the state would be able to build the facility on its own.
Meanwhile, the Sarawan Art College, which is due to open in 2019, is also expected to be located in Sarawsang, a city in Sarakan province.
‘This is a good step’The Sarawan Arts College is the only arts school in Saratang, which was previously the headquarters of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
The building is currently being constructed, but no details on when the first classes will be held have been given.
Earlier this month, the province said it would fund the construction of the building itself and to set up a cultural centre, but that the government had not yet received any funds from the government.
According to reports, the government also intends to build a small library on the site.
However, this project is still far from being completed, and there are concerns over whether the university can be operated on a local level.
Officials have not given any details on the cost of the project.
If approved, the university will have the capacity to teach up to 150 students and will host a number of classes on a regular basis.
Saratawak will also be the only state in the Malaysian archipelago to have a state arts college, after the establishment of the first national university in Sarawi.
For many years, Saratong has hosted the annual Sarawan International Film Festival, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors a year.
During this year’s festival, the state has also announced plans for a new state-funded cinema.