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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

Tatler Malaysia – Badan Warisan Malaysia: Preserving Malaysia’s Cultural Identity In Uncertain Times

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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, or join us as a member and help us to protect our Malaysian heritage. More information at We welcome donations and all donations are tax exempt.

‘Every member is a vote to preserving our heritage’


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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 on membership benefits and for application forms (available in PDF and Google Form).

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


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.


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


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.


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


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. 


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.

Christmas Vintage Fair 2020

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Badan Warisan Malaysia is pleased to present A Vintage Christmas Fair 2020!  

If you are a collector or an avid fan of heritage items, please view our collection of preloved furniture from a Colonial House, exquisite crystals and collectables. Available now for sale.

All items are on an “as is where is” basis and will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

If you would like to view or buy any items in person, please make an appointment either via email to or call Syuhada at 03-2144 9273 .

Please note that our office is open only on Tuesday – Thursday, between 10am – 5pm during MCO.

We accept cheques, cash and credit cards at the office, where a receipt will be issued. Online payments can be made to Badan Warisan Malaysia at:

Account Number : 0140 1111 8256
Bank Name : Maybank
Email :

A booking confirmation will be sent after we receive proof of payment via email.

Collection of items is at our Heritage Centre at No. 2 Jalan Stonor, Kuala Lumpur. Delivery of items is available at an additional cost.