Organized by Badan Warisan Malaysia.
Live Webinar Details
Date: Thursday, 18 November 2021
Time: 4:00 PM (Kuala Lumpur, GMT+8)
Topic: Conserving Bukit Persekutuan As A Historical And Natural Heritage Of The Nation
Venue: Virtual – Zoom Webinar
Speakers: Ar. John Koh & Pasupathy Murugiah
Moderator: Ar. Anand Krishnan
ABOUT THE TALK
Bukit Persekutuan (Federal Hill) encompasses over 70 hectares in Kuala Lumpur. This talk will introduce Federal Hill from the historical, architectural and environmental perspectives, as well as its importance as an Urban Community Forest. This talk will also cover areas of conservation for preserving the natural environment and built heritage as well as community outreach programs. The speakers will also touch on the gazettal of Federal Hill and the vision to create a larger green network in Kuala Lumpur in linking Federal Hill to Taman Botani Perdana (Lake Garden) and Taman Tugu.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Ar. John Koh Seng Siew
Ar. John Koh has been in Architectural Practice since 1974. Akitek Maju Bina, which he founded in 1981, won numerous International and National awards for Excellence in Architecture in Township Design, Residential, Green Architecture, and Cineplexes. His firm’s Interior Design projects have also been recognized by the Malaysian Institute of Design (MIID) Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM) and the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA).
As a Fellow member of Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia, the Singapore Institute of Architects, and the Australian Institute of Architects, John has also been active in professional institutional affairs for over 40 years. He was the Regional Representative of the Royal Institute of British Architects Validation Board to the University of Malaya and Universiti Teknologi MARA.
He is also the Honorary President of the Eastern Regional Organization of Human Settlements. He has traveled extensively in the Asia Pacific to promote professional collaborations and the multi-disciplinary approach in the development of sustainable Human Settlements.
John developed the Conservation Masterplan for Historic Malacca in 1989 and continues to explore avenues for the Restoration of Malacca‘s Historical Landscape Heritage. He has also been involved in the Conservation of the Natural and Historical Heritage of Bukit Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur since 2008. Among his accreditations include Chair of the panel of judges for the Mubin Shepperd Memorial Prize (Cycles 1 & 7) by Heritage of Malaysia Trust (Badan Warisan Malaysia) where he was an Honorary Council Member from 1995-97. He was also a founder member of the World Association of Chinese Architects (WACA).
Today, John is Principal of John Koh Architect, which he set up in 2014, and is immediate past Chairperson of the Malaysian Nature Society Board of Trustees.
Pasupathy is the Selangor Branch Chairperson of Malaysia Nature Society (MNS) from 2017 to 2023. She received her Basic and Intermediate Certificates in Birding from 2006 to 2008. She became a Licensed Nature Guide since 2009.
First and foremost, Pasupathy is a Teacher specialising in English with a B.A. Hons. (History, International Relations), Diploma in Education from the University of Malaya and M.A. Educational Psychology from the University of London She retired as a principal of Methodist Girls’ School in 2001. She received her Excellent Service Award from the Ministry of Education in 1993 and 1999. She became a Curriculum Director in the RR Technology & Training Centre, Kuala Lumpur from December 2002 to July 2003.
Her hobbies include gardening, reading, jungle-trekking, bird watching, and mountain climbing.
Multidisciplinary Approach in Heritage Conservation, Case Study: Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark By UKM Governance and Education for Heritage Conservation Research Group
ABOUT THE SHARING SESSION
This sharing session will present the work carried out by UKM’s Governance and Education for Heritage Conservation Research Group on Langkawi Geopark (GAMAT). Langkawi Island, which was the first UNESCO Global Geopark in Malaysia as well as in Southeast Asia, can be a model for integrated heritage conservation and sustainable development. As a nature-based tourism destination, Langkawi Geopark has a huge responsibility to conserve its natural heritage (both geological and biological) as well as its cultural heritage. From their respective perspectives and specialisations, the GAMAT team will offers insights into some of the issues and challenges pertaining to Langkawi Geopark as a model for integrated heritage conservation and sustainable development. With the tagline ‘making the past present for the future’, this team sought to highlight the significance of heritage conservation which carries the spirit of Semangat Kawi by underlying the symbiotic relationship between heritage (of the past), current development (of the present) and the needs of the next generations (for the future).
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
The GAMAT team comprises academics and researchers from different academic disciplines and includes Prof. Dr. Rahimah Abdul Aziz, Datin Paduka Dr. Halimaton Saadiah Hashim, Prof. Dr. Ong Puay Liu, Associate Professor Dr. Sarah Aziz, Associate Professor Dr. Geraldine K.L. Chan, Dr. Tanot Unjah, Dr. Lee Jing, Dr. Sharina Abdul Halim