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PAM Sabah Chapter has just successfully held the historical event entitled “Celebrating 50 years of Architecture in Sabah” on 17.l.14 at the Magellan Sutera Resort.

The Guest of Honor was Deputy Chief Minister cum Infrastructure Development Minister, Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Pairin Kitingan, representing the Chief Minister, YAB Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman.

Two other ex-Chief Ministers were present and they were YBHG Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Bernard Dompok and YBHG Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee.

PAM Council President, Ar. Chan Seong Aun, Northern Chapter Chairman, Ar. Parama Nathan and Sarawak Chapter, Ar. Stephen Liew were also present to witness the auspicious occasion.

The Chief Minister’s speech was read out by Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Pairin Kitingan and he called architects in Sabah to incorporate values of the State’s eco wonders, which it is already known globally for, in their respective designs and advised to keep up with global architecture trends. 

The programs include highlighting the chronology development of Sabah over the past 50 years; presenting “Certificate of Recognition” to the ex-CMs, senior architects and the talented graduate architects. 

Senior Architects

Ar. Abdul Aziz Mahfar
Ar. Cheng Yu Chung
Ar. Chin Yin Tet,  Peter
Ar. Datuk Yong Kain Chung
Ar. Kwan Shing Chiong, David
Ar. Lawrence Chin Kok Lum
Ar. Lee Jen Lim, Arthur  
Ar. Lu Chen Yin  
Ar. Ng Kim Kang, David
Ar. Tan Haw Bin  
Ar. Tsen Ken Fah
Ar. Wong Hon Ling  
Ar. Wong Kon Yu, Victor
Ar. Wong Yit Sing, Francis  

 Talented Graduate Architects

Mr. Allen Solomon Chong
Mr. Cheong Kok Ann
Mr. Ho Fui Ken Adrian Dominic
Ms. Hong Yi
Ms. Mak Thur Pei
Mr. Richard Nelson Sokial

DSC_0269The 38th PAM Sabah Chapter Annual Dinner took place on 28th June 2013 at the Grand Ballroom of Magellan Sutera Hotel, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and attended by 500 guests.

The grand evening was graced by YAB. Datuk Seri Musa Hj. Aman, the Chief Minister of Sabah. Added to the list of distinguished guests are PAM President, Ar. Chan Seong Aun with his Deputy President, Vice President, Immediate Past President, Past Council Presidents and PAM Council members; President/Chairman of Professional Bodies and Heads of Government Departments.

The Theme of the Annual Dinner was “Retro”, traditional picked up by alphabetical order. What better word for alphabet “R” than “Retro”. Therefore all backstage deco, photo booth, and banquet hall were designed and set in “Retro” mood.

The event began with the speeches by the Past Chairman Ar. Lo Su Yin and the newly installed PAM Sabah Chapter Chairman Ar. Victor Wong and the introduction of his 2013-2014 office bearers and committee members. The formal part ended with the speeches by PAM President Ar. Chan Seong Ann and the Guest of Honor, YAB. Datuk Seri Musa Hj. Aman. As for the entertainment, dances and songs were all tailored to the swing and beats of the 70s and 80s.

The dinner ended with the highlights of the evening, namely the Lucky Draws. It was an entertaining and fun filled evening dinner shared with fellow architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, suppliers and all players in the construction and building industry!


View here: Annual-dinner-2013 Photos


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Ar. Noreen Ooi

edible3This year’s Edible Architecture competition was held in conjunction with IPEX 2013, at the Sabah Trade Centre on 30th March 2013.

The theme was “Marine City” which was overwhelming response with more than 50 entries comprising of more than 200 students from 8 schools around KK. Students of SM St Michael Penampang emerged champion again.  The champion winners, Team SMSM 1 walked away with certificates and cash prizes RM 1,500 also had their names engraved onto Colourcoil Challenge Cup Trophy.

1st runner up was Team Cereal Killers from S.M. Shan Tao and 2nd runner up went to the Rendy The Builder group from SM Lok Yuk, Likas. The Colourcoil Special mention prize goes to Poseidon group from Sabah Tshung Tsin Secondary School.edible2

Coedible1lourcoil Industries, Sabah based pioneer manufacturer of High Performance pre-painted steel as the main sponsor had been proudly sponsoring this event ever since it first started in 2003. Commercial Manager, Mr Peter Wong said, “we are delighted to be involved with PAM Sabah Chapter in this exciting event which we believe augurs well with our vision of creativity by nurturing creative minds and talents as we ourselves are always coming out with new and exciting colour systems every year to give more choices to the building industry”.  Colourcoil also gave away a total of five consolations which goes to The Edible group from SM Lok Yuk Likas, The Big Five group from Sabah Tshung Tsin Secondary School, Smokin Aces from SM All Saints, SMSM 4 group from SM St. Michael Penampang and lastly to Epedipibepel group from SMK Bahang Penampang .

This year by far, was the greatest number of participants with a total of 50 entries from various schools in Kota Kinabalu made this year’s participants increase more than 50% than last year.

A seminar on “Interpretation of Passive Fire Requirements in the UBBL 1984” was held on 17 November 2012 at PAM Mini Auditorium. 37 attendees comprise of architects and architectural graduates attended this talk.

The speaker was Ar. Chong Lee Siong MIArbs, MIFireE, graduated from Deakin University, Geelong in 1990.  He worked in Australia for three years where he developed his keen interest in the study of safety in buildings. Upon returning to Malaysia he contributed to the drafting of the proposed revisions to the UBBL and to the publication “Guide To Fire Safety for Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia, Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia and other organizations and is currently in the drafting committee for the new proposed revisions to the Uniform Building By-Laws.

Ar. Chong Lee Siong stated that the fire safety provisions of the Uniform Building By-Laws 1984 is often misconstrued to be restrictive and outdated in its scope, hence limiting Architects’ flair and creativity in the realization of our designs. However, the basic principles of designing for fire safety and the understanding of the characteristics of fire which is the basis of the formulation of the UBBL is still relevant today.

During the seminar he presented in details the fundamental concepts of fire safety, interpreting the UBBL and the practical applications of the relevant fire safety codes in Architecture. Ar. Chong also gave a detail explanation of the 4 basic principles on fire fighting: 1. Evacuation; 1. Passive Containment; 3. Active Intervention; 4. Only one fire at one place at one time.

He also briefly spoke about the latest changes to the UBBL (pending on Parliament reading), including the clarification on the perimeter access for fire appliance. Ar. Chong clarified that min 6.1m Access Way is required for Bomba staging; while the Access Road for the passage of Bomba appliances may be less than 6.1m wide.

The talk was very informative and participants had the opportunity asking many questions, tips and advice. It ended at 1.00pm.

Vote of thanks is accorded to Ar. Chong Lee Siong for the very informative talk and everyone for making their valuable time attending the seminar.

A talk on Automated Waste Collection System was organized by the Chapter on Saturday, 24 November 2012 at PAM Mini Auditorium. 30 attendees comprising of professional architects, engineers and architectural graduates attended this talk.

The 1st speaker was Mr. Sri Kanda Rajah, Managing Director of STREAM Environment Group of Companies. His core areas of responsibilities include Head of Sales / Marketing, Engineering/ Design as well as Research and Development. He gave an introduction of STREAM group of companies and its core business which is the Automated Waste Collection System (AWSC), where STREAM is used and their track record.

He presented information of the Automated Waste Collection System (AWCS) which is also known as a “pneumatic waste conveying system”. This system transport municipal or domestic solid waste through pipes at high speeds from the garbage chutes into a sealed container well away from inhabited areas.

Garbage transported through the pipes is stored in a sealed container that is collected at a specified period by a conventional flatbed truck.

In his presentation he also spoke about the multiple advantages of the system:-

  • Hygienic – No more exposed filth and contamination, nor messy spills and stains.
  • Convenient – Regular removal and automated handling.
  • Healthy – Odour free and no heavy bins to lift.
  • Cost Efficient – An unobtrusive and compact system that frees up valuable space, and let you save on the labour costs, energy, cleaning and maintenance.

The 2nd speaker was Ir. Chea Thean Teik General Manager of STREAM Environment Sdn Bhd. An experienced and qualified Professional Engineer (Mechanical) with 17 years of experiences in the area of Building’s M&E services, Mechanical Handling Engineering, Project Management, Central Vacuum Systems and Automated Waste Collection Systems.

His topic was more on the technical aspects of the systems. He presented details of the technologies and installation methodologies.

The presentation was very informative and participants had the opportunity to ask many questions. It ended at 1.00pm with lunch.

Vote of thanks is accorded to the team from STREAM Environment Group of Companies for providing an informative presentation and to everyone present for making their valuable time attending the talk.

A talk on Armstrong Ceiling System was organized by the Chapter on Saturday, 13 October 2012 at PAM Mini Auditorium.  36 attendees comprising of professional architects, engineers and architectural graduates attended this talk.

The 1st speaker was Mr. Norman Eric Domingo Eusebio, Country Manager, ABP Philippines.  He gave an introduction of Armstrong group of company and introduced Armstrong’s main product which is the Mineral Fiber Ceiling. He also covered the topics of when and why do you need Acoustic.  He explained that suspended ceilings provide excellent acoustic control by helping to reduce both sound inside a room (sound absorption) and sound that carries from one room to another room (sound attenuation).  In addition he spoke about the Mineral Fiber Ceiling specification – Sizes, Relative Humidity, Noise Reduction Control, Durability, Grid and Warranty.

Norman highlighted that the sagging problem associated with mineral fibre board is normally due to high humidity, board not sitting on tee properly, or light fittings not separately supported. Armstrong board comes with RH99 and RH100 rating which guarantees no sagging at highly humid area for 30 years.

The 2nd speaker was Ms. Fong Li Kuan, Country Manager, ABP Malaysia, and Brunei.  She spoke about the GBI point’s contribution of Armstrong Ceiling and Armstrong online services.  Further to that she also presented other range of products and attributes such as their classic Fine Fissured, as well as the new range Dune and Ultima. Various types of suspension tees (exposed, semi-concealed, concealed types) were also introduced.

The 3rd speaker was Mr. Sean Yong, Business Development Manager of BDC Corporation Sdn Bhd, the sole distributor of Armstrong products in Malaysia. His topic was more on the architectural aspects of Armstrong new products and ceiling system such as TechZone, Metal, Soundscapes and Vector. 

Sean emphasized that Armstrong’s specialty ceiling are produced to meet the architects’ demand for more interesting design which also has good acoustic properties as well as easily maintained.

The presentation was very informative and participants had the opportunity rising up many questions.  It ended at 1.00pm with lunch.  

Vote of thanks is accorded to the team from Armstrong (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. and BDC Corporation Sdn Bhd for providing an informative presentation and to everyone present for making their valuable time attending the talk.


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The Joint Consultative committee consisted of Malaysian Institute of Architects, Sabah Chapter, (PAM) Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia, ACEM Sabah Branch, Institution of Engineers Malaysia, IEM Sabah Branch and Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia, RISM Sabah Branch led by their respective chairmen Ar. Lo Su Yin, Ir. Fung Yin Khun, Ir. Lo Chong Chiun, and Sr. Maria Othman respectively paid a courtesy visit to the Putatan District Council on 8th October, 2012.  This was the first time whereby the joint professional bodies from the building fraternity visited the District Council. 

The delegation comprising of twelve committee members of The Joint Consultative Committee were met by the District Officer, Encik Ag. Abdul Ghani Hj. Pg. Yusoff, Executive Officer, Encik Awang Saifudin Hj Jumat and the council members.  Also present at the meeting are representative from the Perancang Bandar dan Wilayah and Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran

Putatan District Council is the latest addition of the 26 district councils in Sabah.  Since the formation of the Council 2 years ago, Putatan town had experienced tremendous growth over the past years.

The objectives of the visit were to forge closer link with the Council through dialogues cum discussion sessions.  There is an urgent need to focus and update on the planning guidelines and plan submission procedures so as to streamline the plan approval process and to achieve a balanced and orderly growth.

Encik Ag. Abdul Ghani Hj.Pg Yusoff informed that all development plans previously submitted and approved by the Penampang District Council which now fall under the Putatan District Council boundary will be transferred and handled by their council.  The status of their approvals will be maintained as long as there is no amendment made to the development layout.

Other issues raised at the meeting included the revision of the building by-laws for Putatan District Council, traffic congestion and pressure exerted on the existing centralized sewerage plant.The close proximity of the district to the KKIA would mean that building height within the district can be restricted by the aerodrome of the Department of Civil Aviation.

Putatan is a vibrant and fast growing district and has attracted a lot of development.  There is a need for orderly development to be a sustainable and environmentally friendly for conducive living, working and recreation, The Joint Consultative Committee recommended major infrastructures such as traffic, sewerage, water, power etc. are required to be planned in an integral manner.

The Joint Consultative Committee representatives pledged to render their full support to the council by way of offering their professional services as part of their corporate social responsibility for Putatan and beyond.

Ag. Abdul Ghani(front 6
th from left) with representatives from PAM, ACEM, IEM & RISM

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Tuesday, 9th October 2012 a product talk on “Sports Flooring, Outdoor Decking, Clear Erase & Low Volatile Organic Compound (LVOC) Wall Paper)” was held at PAM Mini Auditorium and was attended by 38 participants.

The speakers were Mr. Derrick Ng and Mr. Caulfield Khoo, Product Manager with  Goodrich Global specialized on product selection, research development and providing presentation and training mainly to the Goodrich regional offices (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, China and Indonesia).

The talk was mainly about:-

Latest product update
·     4 types of Wall Coverings (paper, fabric, texture & specialty) – Pro & Con
·     Tarkett floorings
·     Geff Laminate and Engineered Timber floorings
·     Pergo floorings
·     Silvadee decking, fencing and railing

The speakers informed the participants that Sustainable Development is their main motivation.  Thus they offer customers simple, relevant and durable products which come with Low VOC and post-consumer content. Insisting on using only wood from sustainable forestry programmes and organic dyes for printing décor papers of laminate flooring and panels. In addition suppliers are carefully selected for their environmental and social policy.

The talk was very informative and participants had the opportunity asking many questions. 

Vote of thanks to all the participants and Goodrich Global (E.M.) Sdn Bhd on the informative talk.  The talk ended with fellowship and light refreshment at 4.30pm.


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Ar. Mok JY

A briefing cum dialogue with the Tribunal for Housing Purchaser Claims was held on the 27th September 2012 at PAM Mini Auditorium.  44 participants attended the briefing.

The briefing was presented by Tuan Hj. Ahmad Sedik, President of The Tribunal for Housing Purchaser Claims Sabah and the purpose of the briefing is to disseminate information about the roles, function and jurisdiction of the Tribunal, procedure for making claims and penalty for failure to comply with the award made by the Tribunal.

Thursday, 13th September 2012 a product talk on ”Lockcase 2012:Security System” was held at Hibiscus Garden, Level 1 Pacific Sutera, Kota Kinabalu and was attended by 45 participants.

The Master of Ceremony, Mr. Bjorn Lidefelt introduced the speaker, Mr. Lyndon Payne, as the General Manager who heads the Product Management & Specification team for ASSA ABLOY South Asia and he oversees all new product development and major project from India to Vietnam and all countries in between.

In his introduction, he spoke about the “ ASSA ABLOY story”, that they are the global leader in door opening solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user needs for security, safety and convenience.

The seminar was divided into three sections in regards to door opening solutions:

  • Current market relevance products
  • Current new products/technologies
  • The future in locking

He showed to the participants the types of digital locks that are available and explained in details the characteristics, functions, features and benefits.

· The Yale digital door lock collection (YDM4109 and YDM3109)
· The Norton- 7100SZ Series Safe Zone
· The Lockwood – 3P70 Series and PentagonTM 3P72 Mortice Locks
· The AperioTM Technology

The talk was very informative and added with interesting video presentation on the future locking system where mobile phone is programmed as key to unlock and lock doors.

Vote of thanks to all the participants, ASSA ABLOY team and Hume Marketing Sdn Bhd on the informative talk and for the generous sponsorship. The talk ended with fellowship and cocktail session at 5.30pm.


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