ABOUT THE TALK
This talk by Thomas Brandt will give us an insight into the social life of Europeans from the 16th to the 19th centuries in the Asian region. Brandt spent six years researching the subject and published a book of the same name. The talk, based on this book, will be illustrated with photographs and other historical documents including lithographs and quotations taken from travel reports and contemporaneous writing.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Brandt is the General Manager of the Malaysian German Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He has a deep interest in the history of Asia, having lived in South-East Asia for over 20 years. He has also published another book,”China in Those Days”, where he has drawn upon his extensive collection of old postcards from the region
I was invited by YAM Tunku Zain Al-‘Abidin who is Chairman of the Council of Advisors of Asian Heritage Museum Sdn Bhd (AHM) to visit Carcosa Seri Negara on Friday last week (31 March 2017).
I was glad to see that apart from an air of neglect – because the buildings have been left vacant for the past few few years – overall both Carcosa and Seri Negara were in relatively fair condition. Without doubt there is cleaning and repair works which need to be carried out to bring these buildings back into excellent working order in keeping with their standing and status as gazetted National Heritage.
Where this may involve any change in use, repairs or new accretions on the site, it is crucial that the guidelines and conditions set by the owner and regulatory authorities must be rigorously complied and to ensure that the integrity and heritage values of the property are maintained.
As an organisation which has been involved in promoting heritage conservation for the past 35 years, Badan Warisan Malaysia stands ready to help in any way we can to ensure the protection and rehabilitation of this national heritage asset. It is imperative to retain and enhance the heritage significance of the property and its setting, so that it can be visited and enjoyed by all, both Malaysians and others, not only as a memorial of the history of Malaya but in a way which also generates values to today’s society.
President, Badan Warisan Malaysia