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Wednesday, May 30, 2007


From NST Online. 27/05/2007

The new should honour the old

By : Elizabeth Cardosa

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketAn old picture of the St Mary’s Anglican Cathedral in Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur (left), and what the church looks like today after extension works. —Pictures courtesy of Badan Warisan Malaysia.

MANY schemes for new developments or extensions to historic religious buildings are submitted to local authorities throughout the country.
Redevelopment has been approved with consideration of the historical and architectural values of these buildings. But in many cases, the new buildings demonstrate a paucity of talent and ideas in their design.

In 2000, plans were approved by the local authorities for the redevelopment of the Kwan Imm Ting in Klang that would involve its demolition and a new three-storey structure to be built on the site.

Reputed to be one of the oldest Chinese temples in Malaysia dedicated to Kwan Imm (Goddess of Mercy), and the oldest Chinese temple in Klang, the Kwan Imm Ting was built in 1892 at the junction of Station Street and Kling Street, following a petition made by local Chinese businessmen. A wooden plaque dated 1892 hanging in the present temple attests to this.

In 1910, it was relocated to its present site in Jalan Raya Barat, evidenced by a commemorative stone tablet in the temple.
Two other stone tablets located in the temple record the names of over 600 donors, some of whom were not of Chinese origin, and could possibly refer to members of the Chetty or Indian communities.

The building is in the Minnan style of southern Fujian, China — with a courtyard and roofs of different heights with curved ridges and upturned ends.

The original roofing was typically of Fujian Province, with its main ridges embellished with the porcelain cut-and-paste shard-work known as jian nian.

But these traditional Chinese terracotta roof tiles were replaced with Marseilles tiles sometime in the 1960s or 1970s.

At first glance, the temple’s architecture looks like many others in Malaysia.

But on closer study, you will find European elements such as the Western-style bas-relief motif and the simulated relief wall-tile frescoes on imprinted plasterwork on the wall panels.

Meanwhile, durian and pineapple decorative motifs reflect the local setting.

In 2003, architectural historian Chen Voon Fee and artist Chin Kon Yit were doing research for the book Landmarks of Selangor (Jugra Publications), which had been commissioned for the coronation of the Sultan of Selangor.

That was when they found out that Kwan Imm Ting was to be demolished. After a public campaign, in which Badan Warisan took part, the temple committee reconsidered their plans.

In 2004, the redevelopment of the site was modified so that a new temple would be built alongside the existing temple.

The new temple, which rises to a height of 15 metres, is almost completed and its facilities already in use. There are now plans to restore the central prayer hall and entrance pavilion of the old temple, but it will be dwarfed by the new temple, which is at least double its height.

Newspapers reported in late August 2005 that the Masjid Jami’ul Ehsan in Setapak was also slated for demolition.

A new RM7 million mosque had been built behind it to accommodate a much larger congregation. The land on which the old mosque stood was to be turned into a car park to serve the new mosque.

Masjid Jami’ul Ehsan is purportedly the second oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur, after Masjid Jamek in Jalan Tun Perak.

However, some reports dated it back to the 1830s, which would make it the oldest mosque in KL.

The square mosque has a two-tier meru (pyramidal) roof, a very rare feature in Kuala Lumpur, harkening back to a dome-free era.

The meru roof, with a star and crescent finial at its apex, creates a large space for devotions in the prayer hall beneath.

This roof form can be traced back to mosques such as the famed Masjid Kampung Laut, now in Nilam Puri, Kota Baru, and beyond, to the grand Southeast Asian mosque in Damak, Indonesia. As Voon Fee said to me, it should be seen as a vestige of true architectural regionalism.

In 1933, the mosque was renovated. Crenellated parapets and open-face brickwork, reminiscent of similar elements on the distinctive Moghul style buildings such as the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, were added.

Originally, the ruang solat was surrounded by a verandah running around three sides of the mosque but subsequent renovations in 1971 extended the mosque to accommodate an increasing jema’ah.

Today, the imposing new mosque beside it and the encroaching road, have compromised the integrity of the original building.

In a letter to Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister, Datuk Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim on Aug 30, 2005, Badan Warisan Malaysia suggested that the mosque be restored to its simple, square plan, surrounded by open verandahs on three sides, so that it could be adapted and re-used as a wakaf.

After public appeals against the demolition, which were reported mainly in the Malay newspapers, the minister declared the mosque a national heritage in early September and said plans to demolish the building were halted.

I have not gone by the mosque for over six months. I do not know what has happened and whether, for example, its declaration as a national heritage has had any impact on its use or its state of conservation.

In 2003, St Mary’s Anglican Cathedral in Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur, applied to City Hall for planning permission to build an extension.

St Mary’s (built 1893-94) was designed by government architect A.C. Norman, who also designed the old Victoria Institution (1894) and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building (1894-97).

The early English Gothic style church originally had a typical cruciform floor plan — the nave, chancel with an octagonal apse with stained glass windows, and a transept with a vestry and organ chambers.

In 1958, the Jubilee Hall was built as an extension to the rear of the church to meet the needs of an expanding congregation.

Ten years later, in 1968, a two-storey building was erected for the parish offices and a small chapel.

With guidance from the Advisory Committee for Heritage Buildings and Sites (under the purview of the then Museums and Antiquities Department Malaysia), the new building on the north side of the original church has now been completed.

The use of glass rather than brick on the front façade of the new building presents a contemporary look.

Although the pitch of the roof of the new building is similar to the original, its ridge is lower so the historic vista of the church from the south, viewed from the padang and Jalan Raja remains undisturbed.

Undoubtedly, there is a need to provide new accommodation for the religious and social life of communities.

It is a welcome sign of new life and growth. And for most religious communities, any new building is ideally best sited within or immediately adjacent to the place of worship.

But there is also the danger that extending an existing structure could do irreparable damage to what is already there. True, the majority of religious buildings have grown or have been altered over the years.

And some have reached a state that makes it difficult to make further additions, causing historical or aesthetic damage.

That makes it very difficult for local authorities not to allow demolition and redevelopment as this could be interpreted as being insensitive to the religious needs of the community.

Perhaps, before embarking on such plans — which would probably also be a costly exercise — religious institutions should seriously examine the need for extra accommodation and ask themselves whether this could be achieved by other means.

Could a separate building be erected elsewhere without extending the original building or encroaching on the site around it?

Sometimes a judicious and reversible rearrangement of the lesser-used parts of a building can create space to meet the needs of their congregations at a fraction of the cost of a new extension, breathing new life into the building.

The financial implications of redevelopment or building an extension are tremendous.

All too often, the fundraising package does not include setting aside money to maintain the new building or the extension, which creates a new set of problems.

Extensions should not spoil the overall proportions and look of the original structure.

They should be modest in size and in scale, and sensitively designed. The new should not challenge the old, either in form or magnitude, but should do honour to it.

Our historic religious structures are a precious and fragile legacy from the past and their continuing care and protection is a responsibility in which we must all share. Modesty is not to be scoffed at.

The writer is executive director of Badan Warisan Malaysia. She can be contacted at

Friday, May 25, 2007


Here are two still photos from the coming The Golden Compass movie.

This is the scene when all the Bolvanger Kids stood in line behind Lyra (Dakota Blue Richards), facing the Tartar guards... ready for a battle, soon after they escaped the Bolvanger (in the background) in their pyjamas, where they were kept (upon their kidnap) by Mrs Coulter (Nicole Kidman), head of the Gobblers.

Kakak is 4th from left, with her daemon at her feet (digitally added).

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another one... a long shot; seconds before the battle, when the two leaders went to face each other.

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this scene was actually shot in a huge studio, with fake snow and green background. preparing for this scene, the kids had a two-day workshop with professional stunt people. most of main casts' stunt actions were done by stuntmen/women; lyra for instance had stunt double (an 11-year old UK karate champion), running double, hair double, and a few more doubles. they also used midget stunt people to look like kids.


HAH ! ???

Saya baru baca lapuran di BH tentang kes kebocoran paip yang teruk di bangunan Kompleks Mahkamah KL, di sini. Antara yang ditulis:

Tiga hari sebelum kompleks itu dibuka, tiga siling asbestos di bilik setiausaha Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi Sivil, Datuk Abdul Malik Ishak, runtuh dipercayai berpunca daripada kebocoran saluran perenjis air yang juga sebahagian daripada sistem pencegah kebakaran kompleks berkenaan.

Hah! Apa? Siling asbestos! Saya ingat benda di dah lama orang tak guna, bahaya.

Kalau kat sini, siap ada The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 (CAWR) lagi pasal asbestos in building ni adalah the biggest occupational health killer in the UK. Kalau terjumpa asbestos... the whole area kena sealed, kena notify Health & Safety Executive, kena panggil speacialist contractor utk remove the asbestos... yg datang dengan protective suit macam nak ke bulan tu. Kalau ada sesapa yang terhidu/sedut particle asbestos ni.... boleh saman jutaria.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Official Trailer Released

A day after a 10-minute of selected scenes shown to the press in Cannes, New Line Cinema, has today released the official trailer of The Golden Compass, to be screened in cinemas worldwide with Pirates of The Caribbeans.

Here it is:

... kakak could be seen, just, rather blurry though, standing behind Lyra in the battle scene.

.... hal bocor ...

kisah bumbung parlimen bocor teruk dan cakap-cakap celupar yang berkaitan dengannya adalah antara yang hangat dipertuturkan di tanahair buat masa ini. dalam kenyataan tuan besar semi-value s. vellu, dia kata jkr tidak diperuntukkan sebarang perbelanjaaan untuk menaikkan taraf bumbung bangunan tersebut semasa kerja-kerja mengubahsuai dalaman yang menelan belanja RM90 juta dua tahun lalu.

mmm... macam pernah dengar je kisah seperti ini, dan juga sebab/jawapan yang sepertinya.....

oh ya! bumbung bangunan baru msd/msia hall di bayswater juga bocor teruk setelah selesai kerja-kerja pengubahsuian dalamannya kira-kira tiga tahun lalu. jawapannya juga, tiada peruntukkan dimasukkan dalam bab bumbung. jadi, bila dah bocor... jkr (dgn duit rakyat jelata) terpaksalah mengeluarkan belanja tambahan puluhan ribu pounds (kalau tak silap atok, dalam 40 ribu gitu kot, lupa dah) untuk menaikkan taraf keseluruhan bumbung bangunan itu.

tapi, yang lebih menarik ialah ....... je je jenggggggggggg.............

kontraktor untuk projek pengubahsuaian dalaman parlimen, dan msd/msia hall london adalah syarikat yang sama !

Saturday, May 12, 2007


With seven months to its worldwide release date, i.e. Dec.07.2007, The Golden Compass production team has been busy with their editing/post production works since they wrapped it up at The Shepperton Studios earlier this year. To begin the hype, its 15-minute preview will be shown at the Cannes Film Festival next week and its official trailer will be revealed during the screening of Pirates of the Caribbean movie later this month.

As normally happen, once all those reels have been pieced together, a few sceness are thought could be made better in enhancing the story and its cinematography. Hence, they have been doing some reshooting at various venues since the end of last month. As for Kakak and her Bolvanger-kid friends, they have also been asked to make a 10-day return to the studios starting next week.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

aku pulang....

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobuckethari ni adalah hari kedua atok pulang berkhidmat di firma yang mula-mula atok bekerja sepenuh masa di pulau impirialis ini, dari tahun 1998 hingga 2003 dulu.

sudah banyak yang berubah, tapi masih ramai juga lagi muka-muka lama. tidak seperti hari pertama bila bertugas di tempat baru, 'kepulangan' atok ke sini dirasakan seolah-olah ... seperti menyambung bab yang ditinggalkan empat tahun lalu....