30 Jun 2016
The Heritage Division is an important division in performing the functions of the Commissioner pursuant to the provisions and requirements of the National Heritage Act 2005 (Act 645), namely the establishment and registration sites, objects and underwater cultural heritage as a legacy. Moreover this division also strives to proclaim any details of People Living heritage and declared by the Minister of Tourism and Culture as National Heritage. In accordance with these functions, the Division is divided into two (2) main functions namely proclamation and Enforcement Branch.
Registration details of heritage are important for the national heritage records to be established and protected by law. Assessment to determine the significance and authenticity of any item must be made to ensure the integrity of an item that has been appointed as Heritage. Any details that have a very high heritage value proposed to the Minister of Tourism and Culture to be crowned as National Heritage. To ensure the gazetting process can be carried out properly, it is responsible for conducting research branch Proclamation and evaluation of cultural sites (buildings / monuments), significant natural sites and objects. Research and evaluation is to determine whether any items in an inventory list / nomination have significance and authenticity of the heritage for consideration by the Committee of Experts fairness heritage.
Once heritage items have been gazetted and listed in the National Heritage Register, the Enforcement Branch is also responsible in controlling and monitoring to ensure that heritage sites are always in good condition and heritage objects stored in good condition in a safe place. Every permission application designed in Heritage and National Heritage sites must comply with the provisions of Section 40, the National Heritage Act 2005. In addition, the branch is also responsible for carrying out the investigation to the prosecution in the event of any offense under the provisions of the National Heritage Act 2005. Enforcement Branch is also responsible for assessing and processing all applications for licenses under the National Heritage Act 2005 which licenses excavation heritage objects, export and import foreign items, salvage and excavation of underwater cultural heritage and dealer of heritage item.
Therefore, to ensure the understanding and compliance with the National Heritage Act 2005, Heritage Register Division held a consultation and talks to anyone who needs the service from time to time.