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A New Committee Born

Text Law Siak Hong
Photographs James Gough

The 13th Annual General Meeting was a disappointment – there was no quorum.

Nevertheless, our special guest, Kenneth Wong presented his talk on cultural landscape. Judging from the active participation in the Q&A session that followed, it was enthusiastically received.

But without quorum, the AGM had to be re-convened quickly to elect a new committee. Quick action was taken to arrange a new venue, and extra effort was made to invite the members. Our Hon Sec James even contacted all the voting members by phone and email to urge them to attend the AGM. This time, we achieved the numbers. On the evening of 6th April, in a function room at the Perak Golf Club, we dutifully elected the new committee from the members in attendance.

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Missing from the photograph is, of course, the photographer, Hon Sec James.

In his opening remarks, out-going president Mohd Taib congratulated the efforts of Han Chin Pet Soo and Ho Yan Hor, two history interpretation centres in Ipoh Old Town. He expressed the wish that Ipoh will see similar efforts which showcase the Malay and Indian communities in Ipoh.

Significantly, Mohd Taib pointed out the down side of UNESCO listing, “hastening the loss of hometown character to hyper-commercialisation”. A fair warning, indeed, as we witness the effect of increased tourism on Penang and Melaka post inscription as UNESCO world heritage sites.

He applauded initiatives such as Ipoh Kreatif, Borak Art Youth and The Other Festival, efforts supported by the state government, for bringing life to Ipoh through culture and the arts.

He mentioned the encouraging effort by Nor Hisham, our new committee member, in having drafted a heritage map which focuses on street names in Ipoh Old Town. He recalled the overwhelming support of young academia in Sawalunto, Sumatra and appealed to younger members to come forward and serve in the PHS committee.

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Voting in progress

The new committee was quick off the mark; five days later, they met to decide on the office bearers. There was renewed enthusiasm with a determination to activate a programme for members, highlighting membership drive and outreach to the community of heritage lovers in Perak.

So, PHS members and the general public are in for some high profile activities. To succeed, many volunteers will be required. When you read our appeal for help, do not hesitate to join in the fun and do your bit for PHS.

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New line-up for 2016-2018: Front row (l-r) Phillip Pu (Honorary Treasurer), Mohd Taib bin Mohamed (President), Jaki Mamat (Vice President) and James Gough (Honorary Secretary). Back row (l-r) Committee members: Law Siak Hong, Audrey Shanta, Jayakumary a/p Marimuthu, Sam Tan and Mohd Tajuddin bin Mohd Tahi. Not in photo: Nor Hisham bin Zulkiflee, and Meor Harun bin Meor Osman.

 

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NOTICE OF MEETING

The 13th Annual General Meeting, 2016

of the
Perak Heritage Society

will be held on
26th March, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. 

at Sarong Paloh Event Hall,
No.12 & 14, Jalan Sultan Iskandar
(Hugh Low Street), 30000 Ipoh.

AGENDA

  1. President’s Address
  2. Minutes of the 12th Annual General Meeting
  3. Annual Report
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5. Election of Office Bearers.
  6. Any Other Matters
  7. Post AGM

“Cultural Landscapes” by Kenneth Wong

  • Renew your membership before the AGM, so you can vote.
  • Non-members are welcome as observers – why not sign up for membership?
  • Come enjoy the power point presentation by Kenneth Wong, PhD.
  • Tea and refreshments will be served.
  • Meeting will end before 5:30.

 

For PERAK HERITAGE SOCIETY
Mohd Taib Mohamed
President

President’s Address at the AGM 2015

Mohd Taib, James Gough and Philip Pu at the AGM

With the formation of the National Heritage Department through National Heritage Act 2005 (Act 645), non-governmental organisations like us seem redundant. The same fate has fallen on Badan Warisan Malaysia, its voice becomes stifled. Yet, PHS and NGOs like us have remained relevant.

Other than the National Heritage Act 2005, there are legislations that cover heritage matters in Malaysia. The Town and Country Planning Act 1976 (Act 172) and Local Government Act 1976 (Act 171) both emphasize heritage preservation. However, along the way, in implementations, they slip up.

In Ipoh, there are 25 buildings/monuments/sites which are gazetted as “state” heritage through the Local Government Act 1976. However, to date, only a handful has been listed as national heritage under the National Heritage Act.

On 8th September 1999, through the Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan, that is, state exco meeting (No. 1348), the Perak state government declared Taiping a heritage town. Only a handful of its “33 firsts” have been listed as national heritage under The National Heritage Act 2005, and some of them have fallen to the ground. Recently, when Taiping launched the Taiping Heritage Trail, prominence was given to two electric buses donated by the Japanese government rather than the sites; the buses will provide transport to tourists on the route.

In Karai, the Victoria railway bridge will suffer the same fate of neglect. I have witnessed at least three events organised at the site, yet no effort has been taken to preserve it under The National Heritage Act although officers from National Heritage Department were present at the events.

Last year, PHS was consulted on Ipoh’s heritage by both MBI (Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh) and the Department of Town And Country Planning Malaysia. Sadly, we have not been informed on the outcome.

The old issue of vandalism at the pre-historic rock art at Gunung Panjang, Tambun was exposed by the Malay Mail recently. We have yet to see action by the relevant authorities.

There is a tree preservation order under the Town and Country Planning Act. The National Landscape Department has documented heritage trees under Tree Inventory System (2008-2010). Trees that are more than 30 years old would be preserved, and 1,220 heritage trees in Perak have been listed. As such, the Ipoh tree (near Ipoh Railway Station) is value at RM123,735.60; Pokok Hujan-Hujan along Jalan Seenivasagam Ipoh, 120-years-old, at RM1,301,900.98 and those at Taiping Lake Garden which are 125-years-old have been rated at RM1,068,712.84.

PHS acknowledges the initiative from the private sector, including Town House Museum in Taiping and Han Chin Pet Soo in Ipoh by Ipohworld. I hope that there will be more private initiatives and that the state authorities will give them due recognition.

Lately I have rendered help to two PhD candidates, three Master degree students and one undergraduate on their theses, all of them relate to heritage. I was appointed as “Felo Industries” by Politeknik Sultan Idris Shah in Sabak Bernam, Selangor for 2014-2016.

I would like to thank all members of the PHS community for their support in making PHS relevant to the struggle to preserve our heritage.

Thank you.

Mohd Taib Mohamed gifting tokens of appreciation to Dr Olanweraju Ashola Abdullateef

Mohd Taib Mohamed gifting tokens of appreciation to Sam Tan

Mohd Taib Mohamed gifting tokens of appreciation to Law Siak Hong

Sam Tan delivering his power point presentation

PHS 12th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, 2015

The façade of venue for AGM: Sarang Paloh Event Hall, Jalan Sultan Iskandar (Hugh Low Street), Ipoh.

 

MEMBER OR NON-MEMBER, ALL ARE WELCOME!

Date:
30
th May 2015

Time:
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Venue:
Sar
ang Paloh Event Hall
No. 12 & 14, Jalan Sultan Iskandar
(Hugh Low Street, Old Town),
30000 Ipoh.


Please register
your intent to attend the AGM. For details, see below.

AGENDA

  1. President’s Address
  2. Minutes of the 11th Annual General Meeting
  3. Annual Report
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5. Proposed review / amendments to PHS Constitution

5.1 Term of Office of office bearers:
The term of office for the post of President will be for 2 terms.

5.2 Voting:
Future voting will be secret ballot as against a show of hands.

  1. Any other matters

POST AGM TALKS

  1. “Understanding Heritage” by Sam Tan, UTAR Kampar Campus
  2. “Maintaining Buildings” by Dr Olanrewaju Abdullateef, UTAR Kampar Campus
  3. “Charcoal Industry of Coastal Perak” by Law Siak Hong, PHS Vice President

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • Members may renew their 2015 membership on the day.
  • Only Life and Ordinary Members may vote at the AGM.
  • Non-members may attend the AGM as observers. Why not sign up as member?
  • Light refreshments will be served.

To help us plan the catering, please register your intent to attend the AGM by emailing to perakheritage36@gmail.com or phone Hong: 0175061875.

Thank you.  

A New PHS Committee is Born

Photos by Law Siak Hong and James Gough

The spacious hall – setting the mood for smooth proceedings at the Annual General Meeting

The 11th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Perak Heritage Society (PHS) went smoothly and the new committee for 2014-2015 duly elected. For those who missed it, here’s a summary, and some photographs of the proceedings.

As members and guests arrived, the atmosphere of anticipation was palpable. The AGM got underway soon after the appointed time. Because of the lack of quorum, the meeting was adjourned and, accordingly, reconvened half-an-hour later.

James, Phillip and Mohd Taib – duties at the registration table

Browsing at the table books produced by the Department of Town and Country Planning

In his address, out-going president, Mohd Taib bin Mohamed expressed pride in PHS winning the state Tourism Award. But it was Advocacy, the keynote of his address which resonated.

“… Advocacy is an eight-letter word. It is disheartening that it is not only the community and government who lack understanding of heritage but we, members of PHS sometimes overlook the tenet of heritage. As such the new PHS committee will need to look seriously at heritage advocacy… For three years I have attended the state’s pre-budget dialogue sessions. Proposals for the state to provide incentive for heritage building owners and to create fund for heritage conservation works and research into our heritage had all fallen on deaf ears.”

Left: Mohd Taib delivering committee report. Right: Votes counted.

Sook Mei taking count of votes during the election of committee members

After both the management report and the financial report were adopted, the old committee stood down. The election followed. Out of twelve nominees, eleven were voted in, while the remaining was designated Honorary Auditor. Immediately after the AGM was adjourned, the new committee met briefly to appoint the office bearers. By consensus, status quo was maintained. For the names of the office bearers and committee members, see Information at the end of this summary.

As the hanging of the exhibition at Sepaloh Art Centre was still in progress, the preview had to be cancelled. We could not risk taking the heritage walk while rain threatened to fall. We wish for understanding if there was any disappointment.

As we were preparing to leave, Liz Cardosa of Badan Warisan Malaysia walked into the hall, having come straight from a meeting in KL. She might be late but her effort said much for her support for PHS.

A final word about the venue for our AGM: Sarang Paloh Event Hall is housed in the historic Bank of Malaya, built in 1920. The spacious hall was well presented for the AGM and, somehow, the sandwiches and cup cakes matched the feel of the place.

Information:

Attendance: 23 members & 7 guests/observers:
Life members = 6
Ordinary members = 16
Associate member = 1

Committee office bearers and members (2014-2015):

President: Mohd Taib bin Mohamed

Vice President: Law Siak Hong

Honorary Secretary: James Gough

Honorary Treasurer: Phillip Pu Yoke Loong

Committee Members:

Charlie Choong (new)
Peggy Lim (new)
Mohd JakiMamat
Jayakumary ap Marimuthu (new)
Gurmail Singh
Tajuddin bin Tahir
Sam Tan Seong Yeow (new)

Honorary Auditor:
Iris Cheng

Annual General Meeting 2014

The façade of venue for AGM: Sarang Paloh Event Hall, Jalan Sultan Iskandar (Hugh Low Street), Ipoh.

The façade of venue for AGM: Sarang Paloh Event Hall, Jalan Sultan Iskandar (Hugh Low Street), Ipoh.

(An open letter)

RE : Annual General Meeting 2014

Dear members,

It’s that time of the year again! The 11th edition of PHS AGM provides yet another annual session for the gathering of members and friends.

PHS members would have received the Notice of Meeting by mail. For our friends and supporters, some key information below:

26th Apri, 2014
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sarang Paloh Event Hall

No.12 & 14, Jalan Sultan Iskandar (Hugh Low Street), Ipoh

Light refreshments will be provided.

Sponsor for the event: Miss Peggy Lim 

This year we will be having election of office bearers for 2014-2015. We urge you to attend the AGM to show your support for your Society. Why not take up the challenge, stand for election and join the PHS Committee, the work team? By the way, you may also renew your membership at the AGM.

There are two post-AGM programmes of great interest:

1. A special preview of FACES OF IPOH, an exhibition at Sepaloh Art Centre.

2. A walk in Old Town to assess recent development – a chance for you to share your feelings about heritage conservation in Ipoh Old Town.

ALL ARE WELCOME

Your friends and non-members may attend our AGM as observers. Please register your intent to join us with Siak Hong email: siakhongstudio@gmail.com or phone 0175061875 by 22nd April as we need to update the caterer the number we expect at the AGM.

SEE YOU ALL!

Your president,

Mohd Taib bin Mohamed

10th Annual General Meeting of the Perak Heritage Society, 2013

Date: 11th May 2013

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Venue: No.24, Lorong Panglima, 30000 Ipoh

Refreshments will be served.

Panglima Lane – the venue for PHS AGM, by courtesy of Mike Singh.

Panglima Lane The venue’s side to Jalan Bijeh Timah, by courtesy of Mike Singh.

No. 24 Panglima Lane – the venue for PHS AGM, by courtesy of Mike Singh.

Dear members and friends,

This is going to be a very special PHS AGM.

In this edition of our annual event, for your love of heritage and your sensory pleasure, we will be showing a unique combination of works of art about our Perak heritage. We have also lined up great refreshments, sponsored and catered by Pakeeza Restaurant, Ipoh’s famous food outlet.

You can kill two birds with one stone: attend the AGM and take a walk down the lane and see what’s going on in this famous lane. But first, let us meet at Lorong Panglima, the tourist walk in Old Town. The venue of our AGM: No.24 is one of the shophouses renovated for a café, to open soon.

We have an exhibition of ten framed photographs. They will be a feast to the eyes and a tonic for the mind. The photographer Alan Ng is a professional photo-printmaker. Yet, in his foray into image making, his quality, poetic images are beautiful, enchanting, moody and soulful. You will read his bio-data on display at the venue. The photographs will be for sale, price and details on the day. A part of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to PHS. Oh, there will be music to match the mood.

Then, there is KAMPONG KEPAYANG, a video installation by Hayati Mokhtar. Hayati is a Malaysian artist-filmmaker based in KL. Involving three LED screens, her video portrays moving images and explores what remains of the shophouses by the Main Road which cuts through this ruinous Kinta Valley tin mining town south of Ipoh. The work has graced various international art shows but this is the first ever showing in Perak. Don’t miss the rare opportunity of seeing this amazing video – a moving documentation of our Perak Heritage.

Naturally, all PHS Members are urged to attend your AGM. Non-members may attend as observers but you must register ahead, to help us account for the number to be served with refreshments. Members of the Press will be invited. Please note that the venue has a limited capacity. 


Perak Heritage Society

Persatuan Warisan Perak
(Reg. No. 1254) was registered with the Registrar of Societies in August, 2003.

Office and Postal Address:
85C, Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil,
30300 IPOH, Perak, Malaysia.
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