Human skulls were found haphazardly kept in a bin in the archeaology store of the Sarawak Museum Department, says the Auditor-General’s Report 2011. 

NONEThe audit found that despite RM382,098 being spent on developing the cataloguing of the state's collection of antiquities, none of the archaeological artifacts, including human skulls, were catalogued. 

“The department estimates that the number of archaeological artifacts total 150,000 but as the records were not maintained, the total number cannot be determined,” the report says. 

The same can be said for the archival material, while only 87 of 140,240 zoological artifacts and  15,031 of 26,700 of ethnological artifacts were catalogued into the system.

The haphazard storage was given as an excuse for the poor cataloguing, although maintenance costs for the catalogue system are RM30,000 a year.  

NONECopies of theSarawak Gazettefrom 1860 and ledgers from the Brooke era were found stacked on top of each other, while brass items, including cannons, were left on the floor. 

In Perak, the audit found that artifacts purchased to a value of RM50,550 had not been recorded, while broken artifacts were piled up in storage.

RM80,000 artwork vandalised

Meanwhile, the roof of the National Visual Arts Centre in Kuala Lumpur, in its gallery area, was found to be leaking.

Some of the artworks were also vandalised, such as the 1979 artwork 'Satu Hari di Taman Larangan', worth RM80,000, which had pen doodles on it. 

Th dehumidifier was also not working, leading to mould infestation in the gallery. Photographs showed mould growing on the wall where artworks were displayed.

~ Malaysiakini