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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.


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?


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.


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).


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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.


Tatler Malaysia: Saving the historic school, Convent Bukit Nanas

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Our gratitude and thanks to @tatlermalaysia for featuring Badan Warisan Malaysia in Tatler Malaysia’s article on 26 April 2021, where our president, Lim We-Ling, speaks on saving the historic school, Convent Bukit Nanas.

Click HERE to read the full article.

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


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


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.


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

Jane’s Walk KL #13 Sungai Besi

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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 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.

Media Statement: Convent Bukit Nanas

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20 April 2021

Badan Warisan Malaysia (BWM) is very concerned to learn that the land lease for Convent Bukit Nanas (CBN) at Bukit Nanas, Kuala Lumpur will not be renewed when the current lease ends in September 2021. This recent decision by Jabatan Tanah dan Galian (Land and Mines Department) poses a serious threat to the very existence of this 100+ years old heritage school, in its present form and location.

CBN shifted to its present site in Bukit Nanas in 1909. The school was built by the Public Works Department (Jabatan Kerja Raya) and designed by two government architects, Mr Huxley assisted by Mr Kesteven (the latter also designed the Sulaiman Building on Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin in 1926 and the Sultan Sulaiman Royal Mosque in Klang in 1933) echoing the lines of Gothic style European style monasteries and colleges where the European missionary nuns came from.

Convent Bukit Nanas like all great schools and colleges in the world, possesses a legacy of fine educational traditions and architectural buildings. It would be a tragic loss to our nation that this fine legacy is carelessly destroyed if that corner of Kuala Lumpur at Bukit Nanas is further developed.

Badan Warisan Malaysia therefore calls upon all relevant authorities, including Jabatan Warisan Negara, to ensure that CBN’s built heritage is preserved by a Gazettal as a Heritage Site, and that the land lease be extended for the continued existence of the heritage school there.

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Book Binding Workshop by Little Syam

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Workshop Details

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.


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.


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.

Little India of Penang

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

Live Webinar Details

Date: Saturday, 17 April 2021
Time: 2:00 PM (Kuala Lumpur, GMT+8)
Topic: Little India of Penang
Speaker: Preveena Balakrishnan
Moderator: Anand Krishnan, Council Member, Badan Warisan Malaysia
Free Admission


Preveena will be talking about Little India’s living multi-cultural heritage as depicted by various religious and cultural practices of the society, multi-ethnic culture authenticity & originality traditional trades, such as ethnic food & beverage and spices trading. Traditional trades enhancing the traditional concept of urban design would be explored.

Little India is very rich in living their multi-cultural heritage as depicted by various religious and cultural practices of the society. The Little India consists of Market Street, known as the Kadai Teru or the street of shops by early Tamils in Penang. It is known as Ellammuchanthee among the Tamil community and the British called it Chola Place of Little Madras. The vast majority of Indians – mostly Tamil Malayalee, Gujaratis, Punjabis and Telegus – are textile traders, spice merchants, sundry shop owners, otthu kadaai, small/tea or food stall operators, restaurants owners, newspaper vendors and jewellery shop owners along Market Street. On Penang Street, the whole stretch is dominated by restaurants ranging from non-vegetarian to pure vegetarian, tailoring shops and sweets shops. The end of Penang Street is called Cheeti Teeru, where the chettiars kettinggi and Rathum Kothai (chariot) are located at King Street, Padavukara Tharuva Theeru. Oothu Kadai or Peti Kadai and Tea Kadai are unique features of Little India. Chulia Street has a variety of shops and the Nagore Shrine, a replica of the shrine in India. Queen Street is largely dominated by the Tamil Indian Muslims involved in the import -export business, are jewellers, money changers, as well as operators of restaurants, tea and food stalls, newspaper stalls and stevedoring. The Muslim food vendors do not sell beef as a sign of respect to the residing deity of Queen Street in the Maha Mariamman Temple; this respect extends to the Hindu Communities within Little India.


As a heritage and cultural heritage researcher, Preveena received her first degree in Accounting and was a practicing Accountant before switching her career to the heritage and cultural field. Her MBA thesis focused on the sustainability of traditional trade within George Town, Penang, after the UNESCO World Heritage Listing. She is currently a PhD Research Scholar at University Science Malaysia, conducting research bearing the title “Industry-Academia Collaboration Framework: Towards a Sustainable Corporate” and she contributes to Penang Monthly mainly on Indian Heritage and History. Her works include oral documentation of several aspects of the Indian Malaysian cultural heritage. She has made oral history recordings of World War 2 experiences, traditional food, traditional trades, changes in the transportation system, use of spaces and communities. Through her associations with GTWHI and an extensive network, Preveena has created a whole range of oral history collection in the Tamil language.

Notice – Reopening of the Heritage Centre, Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman, and Chen Voon Fee Resource Centre.

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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.

The Management
10 March 2021