Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Museum Association is seeking the formulation of an omnibus law on culture in addition to the passage of the Museum Bill to strengthen and advance the nation's culture and civilization.

"Efforts to strengthen culture do not only depend on the Museum Bill alone but (must come from) the omnibus law on culture that has comprehensive regulations," chairperson of the Indonesian Museum Association, Putu Supadma Rudana, said at the National Museum Day commemoration event here on Thursday.

He explained that the culture omnibus law will serve as a regulation that unites other related regulations into one law.

He stressed that it is important to fight for the creation of an omnibus law on culture so that the advancement of culture and museums in the country has a comprehensive legal foundation.

"Our culture is so grand and noble, it feels obligatory as the successors of the nation to guard it and continue to struggle for this cultural omnibus law going forward," he said.

At the commemoration event of National Museum Day, he listed seven guidelines regarding museum human resources, including fighting for the Museum Bill to be passed into law, the establishment of a special institution or agency that supervises museums, and a museum accreditation institution.

The guidelines also comprise increasing the competence of museum human resources, strengthening museum supervision and mentoring, fighting for a comprehensive budget for museums, and promoting the national movement to promote museums.

In addition, Rudana said that a comprehensive budget policy is essential to maintain the sustainability of the nation's ancestral heritage culture.

"With the Museum Law, the sector of museums and culture can get 1 to 5 percent of the total 20 percent of the state budget (allocation for education)," he added.

Translator: Afghani, Kenzu
Editor: Azis Kurmala
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