Talks & Lectures

Webinar: Tasik Chini – A Case Study Of Our Eco Hopes & A Disaster In The Making

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Organized by Badan Warisan Malaysia

Live Webinar Details

Speaker: Andrew Sebastian
Moderator: Emeritus Professor Dato’ Dr Abdul Latiff Mohamad
Date: Saturday, 17 July 2021
Time: 4:00PM (Kuala Lumpur, GMT+8)

Free Admission.

ABOUT THE TALK

Tasik Chini is one of only 2 natural lakes system in Peninsular Malaysia and due to its high biological diversity of plants and wildlife, it became internationally recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Preserve in 2009. There are over 714 of these unique preserves in the world with only 2 recognised in Malaysia. The government (federal and Pahang state) immediately spent taxpayers’ money to develop and promote this place as the country’s iconic tourism & ecotourism site, as well as to protect and preserve the lifestyle and livelihood of the indigenous Jakun tribe that lives in this landscape. However, things have not panned out well for the local community, the environment of Tasik Chini and Malaysia. So, what is going on there?

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

ANDREW SEBASTIAN is an accomplished naturalist, environmentalist and an established certified professional nature and bird guide for 20 years. Andrew actively leads tours in the region including Sulawesi, Sumatra & Papua. A law graduate, Andrew has devoted more than two decades in environmental and ecotourism issues through his work with numerous NGOs. He credits his passion for nature to his childhood growing up in the dense forest of the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM). Andrew has served and initiated numerous conservation and awareness campaigns, which included the landmark protection of the Royal Belum State Park back in 2006.

He co-founded the Asian Bird Fair Network, which has grown to be one of the largest birdwatching events in the world. He also co-founded the Wild Bird Club of Malaysia (WBCM), Tangkoko Bird Club (Indonesia) and Wild Bird Club of Singapore. He is attributed as a major influencer in the conversation and ecotourism field and is the brand ambassador for Leica. Andrew is the President & CEO of Ecotourism & Conservation Society Malaysia (ECOMY) and is a subject matter expert for Tourism Malaysia for over 10 years.

MODERATOR

Emeritus Professor Dato’ Dr Abdul Latiff Mohamad is a pioneer in the research of plant taxonomy and conservation biology. His almost 40 years of research on Malaysian flora, plant taxonomy and biodiversity has led to the advancement of knowledge that includes the understanding of the science of taxonomy and conservation biology and, also, the importance, value and benefits of environmental conservation in Malaysia. He has been the Executive Council Member for the Asian Network for Biological Science; Member of the Scientific Committee for Botany, Pacific Science Association and also the Multi-lateral Steering Committee for Plant Resources of South East Asia (PROSEA).

An Afternoon with Professor Dr. Ar. Jimmy C.S. Lim

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Organized by Badan Warisan Malaysia in collaboration with Think City Institute.

Live Webinar Details

Date: Saturday, 26 June 2021
Time: 4:00 PM (Kuala Lumpur, GMT+8)
Moderator: Datuk Christopher Boyd D.P.S.M.
Free Admission

ABOUT THE TALK

Jimmy C.S. Lim reflects on the early days of Badan Warisan Malaysia and discusses issues on built heritage then and now.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Jimmy Lim Cheok Siang is a Founder Member and First Vice President of Badan Warisan Malaysia (The Heritage of Malaysia Trust), A past-President of Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM) (Malaysian Institute of Architects), past-President of Friends of Heritage, Founding Member and Executive Council Member of World Association of Chinese Architects (WACA), and Past Convenor of Architects’ Regional Council of Asia (ARCASIA) Fellowship.

Jimmy was educated at University of New South Wales, Australia. His work is renowned and recognised for its uncompromising and unconventional sustainable equatorial tropical architecture, which is renewable; that explores and celebrates “the Rites of the Tropics”, typified by “architecture without walls”, the delineation of floors, exploding of walls, multi-layered roofs for natural ventilation of energy efficiency.

Jimmy’s multiple awards include the PAM Gold Medal Award and the coveted Aga Khan Award for Architectural Excellence. He lectures extensively at conferences, seminars and teaches at various Colleges and Universities around the world.

MODERATOR

Christopher Boyd recently retired from Savills Malaysia, an international firm of professional property consultants, where he was Executive Chairman since 2001. He is a registered valuer in Malaysia with over 42 years’ property experience in the country and a further 12 years’ in the UK, Australia and Singapore. Datuk Boyd is a British citizen with Malaysian Permanent Residence.

Datuk Boyd’s professional career in Malaysia started in 1974 as a partner in Jones Lang Wootton, international property consultants. He went on to become Managing Partner of Knight Frank Baillieu Malaysia and joined Regroup (formerly CBRE and now Savills) after 6 years as Managing Director of a listed development company.

Datuk Boyd is a Life Member of Badan Warisan Malaysia and was the Honorary Treasurer from 1997 to 2014. He is a Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Malaysian Nature Society, Chairman of the Hash Heritage Foundation and Trustee (Treasurer) of the Aged European Fund

BWM Talk Series: Measured Drawings & Surveys – What Are They?

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Organized by Badan Warisan Malaysia in collaboration with Think City Institute.

Live Webinar Details

Date: Saturday, 27 March 2021
Time: 4:00 PM (Kuala Lumpur, GMT+8)
Topic: Measured Drawing & Surveys – What are they?
Speaker: Ar. Lim Take Bane, Council Member, Badan Warisan Malaysia
Moderator: Anand Krishnan, Council Member, Badan Warisan Malaysia
Free Admission

ABOUT THE TALK

This is an introduction into the way heritage and historical buildings were documented in the past for the purpose of later reproducing, or the restoration of those heritage architecture.

Before the advent of photography in the 19th century, followed by motion pictures or movies, and now, drone photos and videography; buildings and places were previously recorded through paintings or hand sketches with annotation. Travel journals abounded with thumbnail sketches and larger scale illustrations of places and buildings of interest. A young western gentleman rounded up his education through travel on a Grand Tour of places and monuments of antiquity in Greece, ancient Rome, and other parts of Europe, to learn about different, cultures, societies and lifestyles. Measured drawings and surveys constitute a vital part of their diaries of their travels.

This short talk shall explore the measured drawings and surveys of architecture throughout the world. From ancient Greece, Rome, and Constantinople (Istanbul) to India. From Chinese gardens and architecture to shophouses of Malaysian towns like Kuala Terengganu, Taiping, Ipoh and Muar.

The vital role played, usefulness and nature of measured drawings and surveys shall be revealed and shared.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Ar. Lim Take Bane hails from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He schooled at St John’s Institution (1967-75), Kuala Lumpur and furthered his tertiary studies in Architecture in Canterbury, Kent (1976-82). He trained in London and is a chartered architect in the United Kingdom (1983), as well as a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (1984 – present). Upon his return to KL in 1984, he worked with various local firms including Razaly Associate Architects and Arkitek Tenggara, before setting up his own practice ARKITEK SHILPA in 1989.

He was involved in award-winning conservation projects with Ar. Chen Voon Fee like, KL Central Market and Central Square – the Annexe (1988-89), Malaysia Mining Corporation Building in Jalan Tangsi (conversion into Mahkota College (1988) and the Creative Centre of the National Art Gallery (1990-91). He was made a Fellow of Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (Malaysian Institute of Architects) in 2010, a Founding Council Member of the Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers (2014-16) and a Council Member of Badan Warisan Malaysia (2016-present).

Take Bane’s architectural work ranges from small scale private houses to official residences, commercial, institutional and industrial buildings, and their interiors. He has worked in the region including Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Singapore and Malaysia. He has taught architecture at University of Malaya (UM) and other local colleges.

His keen interest in heritage conservation led him to be involved in documenting heritage shop houses in Kuala Terengganu, Ipoh, Taiping, Kuching and Muar in UM-NUS joint studios of University of Malaya-National University of Singapore, which he coordinated between 2005-2014. Take Bane’s other interests include photography, ikebana, tea drinking, calligraphy and the performing arts.

The Malay Garden: Familiar Fragrances and Favoured Flavours

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Organized by Badan Warisan Malaysia in collaboration with Think City Institute.

Live Webinar Details

Date: Sunday, 28 February 2021
Time: 11:00 AM (Kuala Lumpur, GMT+8)
Moderator: Dato’ Zahim Albakri, Vice President, Badan Warisan Malaysia
Free Admission

ABOUT THE TALK

Prof. Emerita Dato’ Dr. Wazir Jahan Karim traces the shifting landscape from nostalgic Malay gardens of old, with a compelling tale of the culture of perfume and early kitchen potagers, and the use of edible plants and herbs. With a passion for the anthropology of food, she describes how the aesthetic and functional combine to serve a wider community of enthusiasts on an organic and natural food future for her beloved island Penang.

Her up and coming book, The Malay Garden and Table is a lively, intergenerational narrative on the evolution of a tropical garden, from the scented to edible, from the floral to herbal, and from beholden beauty to organic gardening.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Prof. Emerita Dato’ Dr. Wazir Jahan Karim is a fifth generation Jawi Peranakan from Penang. She pioneered Aslian research and was the first woman anthropologist to live with the Orang Asli for two years, from 1972 to 1974. The Ma’ Betise’ practised an eco-friendly sustainable livelihood – permaculture was a natural practice of vernacular conservation of bio-waste. For her early pioneering work on semiotics and ecology, she published a pioneering work on entitled;

1981—–Ma’ Betise’ Concepts of Living Things’, Athlone Press, London, republished, Berg, Oxford, 2004.
1990—-Emotions of Culture: A Malay Perspective, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
1992—-Women and Culture: Between Malay Adat and Islam. Westview Press, Boulder.
1993—-with P. Caplan and D. Bell, co-eds. Gendered Fields: Women, Men, Ethnography, Routledge, London.
1995—-Women in Developing Southeast Asia, Berg, Oxford.
2020—-The Global Nexus: Political Economies, Connectivity and the Social Sciences, World Scientific, Singapore, New York.

Wazir is now a Life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge and continues to publish as an independent scholar and Life Member of Clare Hall. She has pioneered research on the culinary arts and the anthropology of food, including the conservation of Malay and Jawi Peranakan parody theatre. Some of her works in cultural conservation are as follows:

2019—–Boria: From Pasion Play to Malay-Jawi Peranakan Parody, Pelandok Press, Kuala Lumpur
2020—-Feasts of Penang: Muslim Culinary Heritage, MPH, Kuala Lumpur First Edition 2013.

Her articles, chapters and reviews on women, cultural minorities and conservation exceed 100. She is now embarking on further research on Malay urban farming and is completing a book, co-authored with Nuril Karim, entitled, The Malay Garden and Table: Familiar Fragrances, Favoured Flavours, which is anticipated to be published in 2021.

Fraser’s Hill: Test Case for Heritage Conservation in Malaysia

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Organized by Badan Warisan Malaysia in collaboration with Think City Institute.

Webinar Details

Date: Saturday, 10 April 2021
Start Time: 2:00 PM
Free Admission

ABOUT THE TALK

Fraser’s Hill, straddling the Selangor-Pahang border, has long been internationally celebrated for the enormous diversity of its flora and fauna but this recognition has been slow in coming for its equally important built environment that marks it as the first and best preserved hill station in the country. The purpose of this talk is to begin to rectify this imbalance by providing a brief outline of the ecological context of the development, describing and illustrating the rapid progress of turning a crude abandoned tin mining area into a sophisticated highland retreat, and presenting the threats faced by both environments, the conservation needs that flow from them, and the justification for taking urgent carefully planned action in terms of both eco and cultural tourism and the moral responsibility of the present generation to ensure the preservation of such a priceless gem for the enjoyment of those that follow them. 

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Dr Zubaidah Ibrahim Bell, Chair of the Kuala Kubu Historical Society, is a former Deputy Dean and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (2011). She was a co-founder and Chair of the Fraser’s Hill Community Library Association until it was handed over to the Pahang Public Library Corporation (2018). She is also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of North Sumatra, Indonesia (2008-present) and an Associate Faculty member of Singapore University of Social Science (2010-present) in the field of Translation and Applied Linguistics.

Professor (rtd) Roger Bell is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Linguists (London) and a scholar in translation, linguistics and communication. He is author of several books, the most well-known is Translation and Translating Theory and Practice, which has been translated into Romanian, Korean, Chinese and Malay, and used as a reference in universities world-wide.

He has more than forty years of experience in language education as a teacher, researcher and administrator in the UK, Europe and Asia, holding senior teaching posts at Lancaster University, University of Westminster, University of Karachi, University of Brasília, International Islamic University, and a visiting member of the Faculty of Linguistics at Universitas Sumatera Utara – Medan, Indonesia (2003 to date).

He currently lives in Malaysia with his wife, Dr Zubaidah Ibrahim.

RESTORING STADIUM MERDEKA – FOR THE RECORD

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Restoring Stadium Merdeka - For the Record

Organized by Badan Warisan Malaysia in collaboration with Think City Institute.

Webinar Details

Date: Saturday, 12 December 2020
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM (inclusive of Q&A)
Moderator: Lim Wei-Ling, President, Badan Warisan Malaysia
Free Admission

ABOUT THE TALK

Professor Ar. Laurence Loh shares with us the inside story behind the highly successful restoration of Stadium Merdeka. It is a story worth telling as it embodies the personal agendas and missions of key personalities in Badan Warisan Malaysia and describes the conversations that led up to the execution of the project.

What went on behind the scenes to set the stage for one of Malaysia’s most important conservation projects undertaken to date? 

How did Badan Warisan Malaysia, through Laurence’s technical leadership, craft the conservation approach to ensure it attained the Award of Excellence in the 2008 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards cycle?

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Professor Ar. Laurence Loh, AA Dip, APAM, MIID, ICOMOS, FHKICON, graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in 1974 and returned to Penang in the same year to start his professional career. Laurence is a self-taught architectural conservation pioneer who has dedicated a large portion of his professional life and time to putting Penang and Malaysia on the World Heritage map through his high-profile architectural conservation projects, both theoretical and physical. The restoration of the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (1995 PAM Award of Excellence in Conservation and 2000 UNESCO Most Excellent Award) kickstarted his involvement in the field. In 2019, PAM bestowed upon him the PAM Gold Medal Award for Design Excellence.

As an architect, he has consistently produced best practice exemplars that set benchmarks for the cultural profession to emulate and he continues to push the boundaries to match universal expectations. His major architectural achievements, of which some are modern works, are iconic milestones that have directly and indirectly catalyzed change and influenced the architectural conservation process, design and policy locally, nationally and internationally.

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Senses in Space: The Power of Memories in the Built Environment by Afzal Azhari

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Lensa 6 _ En Afzal Azhari

Admission for lectures: RM30 (RM20 for Badan Warisan members)
A packed lunch will be provided
Limited to 35 participants.
To register, email us at lensa@badanwarisan.org.my