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 A successful seminar on “Empowering Culture Profession-Conservation Best Practice from Home and Abroad “ has been held at PAM Mini Auditorium on Saturday, 08th January 2011, 9.00am and was attended  by 25 participants include corporate and graduate members.

The seminars start with greeting from Chapter Chairman,Ar. Ho Jia Lit to all participants and continue with product talk from Ms.June Lim, Marketing Executive of Monier Sdn Bhd with a quick explanation about their roofing product.

Prof. Ar. Laurence Loh, Deputy President of Badan Warisan Malaysia was invited to be the speaker for the seminar. Ar.Ho Jia Lit introduce Prof. Ar Laurence Loh to all present.Ar. Laurence Loh is one of the international judges with UNESCO and his works have won many of the UNESCO awards etc: The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion in Penang. On his presentation, the speaker explains what the objective for the UNESCO Awards. There are 11 criteria for the 3 awards categories from UNESCO. The 3 categories are:-

1. Award of Excellent

2. Award of Merit

3. Honorable Mention

UNESCO mandate is to promote the stewardship of the world’s cultural resources, including the built heritage which constitutes our collective cultural memory and the foundation upon which communities can construct their future. On his slide presentation, there are many pictures of heritage buildings that has won awards from UNESCO from many countries.

The seminar ended at 12 noon after the Q& A session.Ar. Ho Jia Lit on behalf of the Chapter thanked the speaker and everyone and also thanked Monier Sdn Bhd for their generous sponsor for the seminar.

Reported by Ar. Ho Jia Lit

The Chapter was represented by Ar.Ho Jia Lit & Ar.Yong Ming Cheong in the morning of 18 December 2010 at Zone Kota Kinabalu office Sembulan.

A total of five (5) numbers of 10 tons fire engines were handed by the Ministry of Housing & Local Government from Kuala Lumpur to the State Government of Sabah, together with seven (7) numbers of utility trucks for multi-purpose tasks. The handing over ceremony was attended by fire officers & departments from all zones & districts throughout Sabah.

The representative of the Director General of Fire Services in delivering his address believed that the fire fighting capability of Sabah based operations will be greatly enhanced. Couple with additional training & resources made available, all sectors of the fire department have been upgraded. 

Besides, with the launching of PGO (Pusat Gerakan Operasi), CLC (Community Learning Centre), MESS (Bilik Mesyuarat Khas untuk Pegawai Kanan) & GYM centres, the facilities & set-up has been modernized. In particular, the fire department is now able to monitor the whole Kota Kinabalu district via satellite images and communications network on any urgent notice for fire operations.

Encik Khiruddin Bin Drahman, the Director of Fire Services in Sabah, nevertheless conceded that fire fighting is always a losing battle with losses of lives and properties whenever fire officers are engaged in fighting fire. He informed that they practiced the three (3) Hs at the fire department. Head, Hand & Heart. Head stands for knowledge to prevent fire, Hand stands for action to prevent fire while Heart stands for compassion for aftermath of any fire out break.

Lastly, the Director thanked all parties involved in this ceremony. He believed that fire fighting is always a partnership that requires co-operation from the public. 

The ceremony ended with a tour of the facilities incorporated into zone Kota Kinabalu office at Sembulan & refreshment served. 

Reported by Ar. Yong Ming Cheong

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