January 28, 2022

Malaysia: National Archives Digitising Historical Materials


The National Archives is in the process of digitising all historical records and materials to make it easier for the public to obtain information, National Archives deputy director-general (research and development) Daresah Ismail said.

The digitisation process, carried out under the National Key Economic Area (NKEA), would also endear the public to an institution responsible for safeguarding the country’s history, she said.

“When the task is completed, people will be better able to see the role and functions of the National Archives because they can easily retrieve information online and do not have to come to the archives,” she told Bernama.


According to Daresah, the digitisation process was started last year and is expected to be completed next year.

Asked whether the digitisation process would reduce the number of visitors to the National Archives, she said this could not be denied but the digitisation process must be implemented to ensure that the archives are not left behind.

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