MEDIA STATEMENT – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9 July 2021
Badan Warisan Malaysia (BWM) wishes to highlight urgently, the imminent forced closure, eviction and possible destruction of the century-old Sakyamuni cave temple and monastery with its unique contents located at Gunung Kanthan, north of Ipoh in Perak. This limestone outcrop is on the verge of irreversibly losing its priceless geological, biological, cultural, tourist and recreational values to quarrying for limestone to use in the production of cement by the current owner of the land on which Gunung Kanthan is situated. Together with the other limestone outcrops, it forms the distinctive karst landscape surrounding Ipoh. Gunung Kanthan is one of the geological heritage geoparks comprising limestone hills in the Kinta Valley National Geopark.
Cave dwellings are natural spaces where humans have lived in since time immemorial. In the case of Perak, human inhabitants have lived in the caves of its ancient limestone hills, as evidenced by the discovery of the intact skeletal remains of ‘Perak Man’ in 1990, found amidst burial artifacts which date back to about 11,000 years ago, in the Lenggong Valley. The present Buddhist and Hindu temples and monasteries constructed within the nearby Gunung Kanthan echo those ancient ones found in India and China, and these buildings are attached to the natural caverns in the limestone hills and outcrops of Perak. The natural beauty of these weathered karst formations over millennia has led to favorable comparisons to the famous karst landscape of the Guilin Hills of China, with their unique rounded silhouettes in the natural landscape. The Buddhist and Hindu cave temples around Ipoh together with the dramatic karst landscape are famous tourist attractions for local and international visitors, and are priceless heritage worthy of preservation.
Badan Warisan Malaysia is deeply concerned and therefore, appeals to the relevant authorities, especially the Department of Lands and Mines (Pejabat Tanah dan Galian) to intervene, save and protect the priceless heritage of the Sakyamuni Cave Temple and Monastery from destruction, as well as Gunung Kanthan with its unique endemic flora and flora from being reduced entirely to rubble, for the sake of producing cement commercially. The portion where the heritage cave temple and monastery are located, should be kept intact and safe for human inhabitation for future generations to appreciate. We advocate the need to preserve these priceless cultural, natural and architectural built heritage from being lost forever.
This issue is one of national significance as the heritage value and interest go far beyond the state of Perak – the temples, caves and limestone hills belong to all Malaysians. They must all be saved and protected as a whole, from deliberate destruction for posterity.
Badan Warisan Malaysia is delighted to announce that we will be holding a Heritage Walk in conjunction with Jane’s Walk Festival Week 2021. Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of free, community-led walking conversations inspired by Jane Jacobs https://janeswalk.org/. On the first weekend of May every year, Jane’s Walk Festivals take place in hundreds of cities around the world. This is Jane’s Walk KL’s third year; we are pleased to be collaborating on the 13th walk together.
This walk be led by Yasmin Lane and it will cover the history of Sungai Besi as a former mining town as well as highlights on a few places of interest in the area.
Registration for this walk is open for Badan Warisan Malaysia members for free. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this will be a small group. Standard SOPs must be observed.
Date: Sunday, 9 May 2021
Start Time: 8.30 am (1-1.5 hours)
Fee: FOC for BWM Members
Restrictions: Limited to 6 members
Click HERE to register. As limited places available, confirmation will be given on first-come, first-served basis.
Update as of 6 May 2021: This walk has unfortunately been cancelled in accordance to restrictions under the Movement Control Order (MCO) imposed by the government.
Date: Saturday, 24 April 2021
Time: 10:00 AM
Venue: BWM Heritage Centre, No. 2 Jalan Stonor, KL
Book Binding Workshop by Little Syam
Fee: RM 180/pax – Exclusive for BWM Members only.
Click HERE to register. Limited slots available – first come, first served basis.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
The Coptic stitch bookbinding method – the stitch with an exposed spine that opens up the book completely flat. Invented by early Christians in Egypt, the Copts, and used from as early as the 2nd Century AD to the 11th Century. This stitch appeared to be a very sleek and distinctive braid or chain pattern. Fee includes equipment, materials, and light refreshments.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Samsiah Jendol, well known as Little Syam, is a graphic designer, a crafter and a book binder with more than 20 years of experience. Each handmade book she has created is limited edition and one of a kind, using only selective material by taking a high consideration of her passion on the choice of paper, fabric and also her personal design touch of hand silkscreen printing. All products by Little Syam are made from a labour of love, inspired by nature around her, her personal experience and self-expression.
Notice – Reopening of the Heritage Centre, Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman, and Chen Voon Fee Resource Centre.
Dear Members and Friends,
The Heritage Centre, Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman, and Chen Voon Fee Resource Centre will resume operation from 16 March 2021.
Following the Covid-19 guidelines, members and visitors are highly recommended to make prior appointment as the maximum capacity within the Heritage Centre, Rumah Penghulu and Resource Centre are restricted.
The maximum capacity for visitors at one time are as follows:
Heritage Centre – 15 – 20 pax
Chen Voon Fee Resource Centre – 2 pax
Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman – 10 pax
Please note that all visitors will be required to follow government guidelines on SOPs, which include taking the temperature, wearing a mask, registration for contact tracing (My Sejahtera), and observe physical distancing.
Thank you for your kind understanding and support.
10 March 2021
Tatler Malaysia – Badan Warisan Malaysia: Preserving Malaysia’s Cultural Identity In Uncertain Times
Badan Warisan Malaysia was featured in the Tatler Malaysia magazine for its March 2021 edition, where several council members were interviewed – President Lim Wei-Ling, Vice President Dato’ Zahim Albakri, Honorary Secretary Tengku Nasariah Tengku Syed Ibrahim and Council Member Suridah Jalaluddin. Read their views of heritage and how BWM undertakes its mission to preserve Malaysian heritage during this trying time.
Our humble thanks to Tatler Malaysia for the feature. We would like to take this opportunity to once again thank the individuals and organizations who have kindly supported BWM, which has helped us continue with our work and activities.
Click HERE to read the full article.
If you are interested to support our cause, contact us at email@example.com, or join us as a member and help us to protect our Malaysian heritage. More information at www.badanwarisanmalaysia.org. We welcome donations and all donations are tax exempt.
‘Every member is a vote to preserving our heritage’
We currently have a promotion for new ordinary member and student member applications – RM50 entrance fee waived for applications submitted before 31 March 2021 (for ordinary members) and 30 April 2021 (for student members).
Click the links below for more information.
Please visit our website for more information at www.badanwarisanmalaysia.org.my on membership benefits and for application forms (available in PDF and Google Form).
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
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.
Organized by Badan Warisan Malaysia in collaboration with Think City Institute.
Date: Saturday, 10 April 2021
Start Time: 2:00 PM
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.