Kertha Gosa becomes one of the historical relics owned by Bali in Klungkung County. Unluckily, the conservation effort remains minimal so as to threaten its existence as historical relic. Lately, a suggestion came into view to make Kertha Gosa a cultural heritage so that it will be managed by central government, including conducting a thorough restoration.
According to one of the royal figures of Klungkung Grand Palace, Tjokorda Bagus Oka, Monday (May 20), the proposal was legitimate to do, especially for the preservation of Kertha Gosa. “As long as it complies with the provisions, I support if the Kertha Gosa is made a cultural heritage, so that the site is well maintained. This object must be preserved in order to be seen by the next generation,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Regional Secretary of Klungkung, Ketut Janapria, did not dare to agree to the proposal. “Let me see first the related regulation. If it permits and is good for all of us, the endeavor to propose it to be a cultural heritage can be taken,” he said. According to the Act No.11/2010 on cultural heritage, it was described in chapter 1 that cultural heritage was material heritage in the form of cultural heritage object, heritage building, heritage structure, heritage site and cultural heritage area on land and/or in the waters needing to be preserved because it had an important value for history, science, education, religion, and/or culture through stipulation process.
Chapter III, article 5 described about the criteria of cultural heritage regarding the building or structure that could be proposed to be included in cultural heritage. Any object, building or structure could be considered a cultural heritage if they met the criteria, had been 50 years old or more, represented the style of the shortest of 50 years old, had a significant meaning to history, science, education, religion, and/or culture as well and had a value for strengthening the national cultural identity.
Meanwhile, Chapter 98 of article IX explained about the funding for the preservation of cultural heritage that became a shared responsibility among the central government, local government and community. Financing as referred to in the article was derived from the State Budget, Regional Budget, results of the use of cultural heritage and/or other legitimate and unbinding sources in accordance with the legislation.
Having referred to the criteria of cultural heritage, Kertha Gosa seemed to be qualified for becoming one of the cultural heritages, at least a cultural heritage in the county level. In accordance with the requirement of cultural heritage for county level in article 44, Kertha Gosa represented a distinctive style, high-level of extinction, high scarcity of type and/or limited type. (BTN/kmb)