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Create Building Designs With National Identity – Rais

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CYBERJAYA – The importance of incorporating national identity in building designs will be brought to the attention of the Works Ministry, said Social and Cultural Affairs Advisor to the Government, Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim.

Rais, who is also National Heritage Foundation founder said the meeting with the Works Ministry would be held soon.

“This is not a new request as the government had decided in 2009 that every new building built reflected some local or Malaysian identity,” he said when launching e-Warisan Senibina book at Multimedia University (MMU), here today.

Rais also urged public universities offering Architecture courses to include Malay architecture as one of the subjects, in an effort to preserve Malay history and cultural heritage.

“Continuous efforts must be made to preserve Malay identity and cultural heritage as it is important to protect our valuable national treasures,” he said.

He also proposed that the universities built rest houses, gazebos or resting areas with Malay architectural features as an initiative to preserve and introduce Malay cultural heritage to the public.

Meanwhile, MMU vice-president (Academic) Prof Dr Ahmad Rafi Mohamed Eshaq who is also e-Warisan Senibina book project director said the book focused on architectural designs of 19 buildings including mosques, houses, shophouses, gazebos and palaces.

It took 18 months to complete the book which is published in English and Malay and 21 researchers were involved in the reconstruction of measured drawings, building three-dimensional (3D) computer models (3D) and development of real time visual simulation, he said. – BERNAMA

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