New Federal Building May Be Built at Demolished Wisma RTM Site
Only the old Wisma RTM Sabah building has been demolished and not Wisma Radio Sabah, confirmed Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun on Tuesday, 24 April.
Masidi said a new federal government building will probably be constructed to replace the historical Wisma RTM that is located at Jalan Tuaran.
He said this when asked about construction works happening at the old government building site during the Sabah Fest press conference at Sabah Tourism Board building.
Wisma Radio, which was built more than 50 years ago, was gazetted as a heritage site under the state Cultural Heritage (Conservation) Enactment earlier this year.
When tabling the 2018 state budget in November last year, Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman said Sabah aimed to preserve buildings that were at least 50 years old and have great historical value.
These include Turnbull Hall at Sabah College, which was named after the second-last North Borneo British governor Sir Roland Evelyn Turnbull, and Kent College in Tuaran, built in 1952 and the oldest teacher training college in the state.
Wisma Radio Sabah was once used as the secretariat for the Cobbold Commission â€“ the enquiry set up to determine whether the people of the then North Borneo and Sarawak supported the proposal to create the Federation of Malaysia consisting Malaya, Brunei, Singapore, North Borneo, and Sarawak in 1962.