Yunci Cai is based at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (UCL), as an MPhil/PhD candidate specializing in Southeast Asian museology. Her research focuses on the development of indigenous museums in Malaysia, exploring the politics and poetics of culture as a tool for development and community activism. Prior to joining UCL, Yunci worked for seven years at the National Heritage Board (NHB) of Singapore, the national agency operating national museums, and overseeing the cultural and heritage policies in Singapore. Her key portfolio involves making policy recommendations to improve Singapore’s heritage and museum scene, and coordinating matters on NHB’s cultural relations. In her paper, Yunci will examine how the indigenous communities in Malaysia utilize cultural heritage to reassert their identities and to renegotiate their marginalised status in the Malaysian society.