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The talk was held on 21.1.15 at 6pm, PAM Sabah Chapter mini auditorium and attended by 30 graduate architects. The speakers are 3 graduate architects who are Mr. Irving Thien, Ms. Ng Shi Qi and Mr. Allen Solomon Chong. 1st topic presented by Mr. Irving Thien was the “Found Conditions: Design by Observation & Re-appropriation” where derived from his inspiration from the observation of local conditions of surrounding context. 2nd topic presented by Ms. Ng Shi Qi was the “Philanthropic Architecture” where derives from her interest in volumetric urbanism, variety of building types within a sensitive urban context and to develop her understanding of urban regeneration issues. In addition, she mentioned that the presentation represent an alternative way to enhance the well-being of humanity and the community and it shall begin with the places where most people live, understanding interrelationships and connection between human and non-human life. 3rd topic presented by Mr. Allen Solomon Chong was the “Drawing Parallels” where derives from his most awe-inspiring design themed subject, smidgen thought from a self-styled journeyman of the arts and random musings abound.

PAM Sabah Chapter has successfully organized the first leg of its fellowship golf series at the Sabah Golf and Country Club on Saturday, 31st January 2015. The event entitled PAM/Modular Structure Fellowship Golf was sponsored by M/s Modular Structure Sdn Bhd and Mega- Q Sdn Bhd.

“The idea of the PAM Fellowship Golf was first mooted in the year 2000, and on the average 4 legs were organized yearly to promote fellowship among the architect, engineer, quantity surveyor, building product manufacturer and supplier, developer and contractor golfers” said Ar. Victor Wong, Chairman of PAM Sabah Chapter, in his welcoming note.

“We also encourage our PAM members to take up golf as a form of exercise, to keep healthy and fit. After all, the air is fresh and the sunlight, which assists to manufacture the important vitamin D in the body, is free” Wong further added.

Wong revealed that apart from the PAM Fellowship Golf where every participating golfer in the building industries are able to meet each other, there are at least two other venues where the institute provides opportunities for them to promote their respective products. One is the IPEX property exhibition which will be held at the Suria Shopping Complex, Kota Kinabalu from 7th – 10th May 2015, while the other is the conducting of product seminars and talks at the mini auditorium at the PAM Secretariat.

During the fellowship lunch, Mr. Francis Chong, Managing Director of Modular Structure Sdn Bhd and Mega-Q Sdn Bhd enlightened the participants with a video presentation on the manufacturing and application of the Pre-Engineered Buildings (PEB) structure and technology, a system to build high capacity, efficient and cost effective steel factories for speedy delivery.

There were 15 prizes for the Invitee Section, and the top five winners were first, Lawrence Wong, second, Michael Chee, third, Peter Wong, fourth, Patrick Lau and fifth, Tsau Chin Foh. The prizes were given away by the Chairman, Ar. Victor Wong.

There were 5 prizes for the Architects Section, and they were first, Ar. Tuan Haji Shahriman Abdullah, second, Ar. Robert Chin, third, Ar. Abu Husin Baba, forth, Ar. Chin Yin Tet and fifth, Ar. David Kwan. The prizes were given away by Mr. Francis Chong
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KOTA KINABALU, 21st October, 2014 – Local graduates architects and corporate members of PAM Sabah Chapter had the rare opportunity to attend a “Members and Graduates Get-together Dinner” talk by three senior Sabah architects whose early projects paved the way for modern architecture in Sabah today.

Three speakers gave their talks during the event. Senior architect Aziz Mahfar of Arkitek Bersatu (Sabah) shared his experience of being one of the early Bumiputera architects in Sabah after the formation of Malaysia and his observation of how the architectural process in the state has changed through the various decades.

“When I first set foot here, Sabah (nature) was so beautiful, and mostly undeveloped. But it was a logistical challenge to access sites, especially in the Crocker Range areas due to the hilly terrain and there were no roads at the time”, said Ar. Aziz, talking about some of his projects. With an architectural career spanning five decades, he also shared some anecdotes on his experiences with past clients under different political eras in Sabah and how he as a Malay architect was even once commissioned to design a Chinese temple in Lahad Datu Township.

“Clients were more open-minded back then”, as he recalled.

Ar. David Kwan of Wisma Akitek presented his experience as the associate architect for Sabah’s most iconic building Menara Tun Mustapha (formerly the Sabah Foundation building), to whom many Sabahans still regard as the pinnacle of architectural excellence in construction and corporate design in Sabah. With its steel and glass facade, the Menara Tun Mustapha was the tallest building in Borneo during 1978 when it was completed and was officiated in 1979. The contents of Ar. Kwan’s talk covered the construction process of the tower complex and how it was built using the most advanced technology available during the 1970s era.

Ar. Victor Wong, who is also PAM Sabah Chapter chairman, presented his talk on architecture based on his life experience, both as a qualified mechanical engineer and an architect.

He described how he struggled in his early years after setting up his company, “VW Akitek” in 1983 and survived with the availability of the clean OD of RM15,000/= from Chartered Bank then. Later he was commissioned to design the Sabah Land Development Board (SLDB) Headquarter Building, Kota Kinabalu. Through strategic planning, he was able to have the building completed in 6 months by designing the foundation on solid cut ground to avoid piling work, and the use of modular design for all the partitions, doors and windows.

St. Aloysius Church, Kampong Limbanak, Penampang, which houses Sabah’s largest stained glass window of 28′-0” high by 14′-0” wide is also another work by Ar. Wong.


He also spoke proudly on the Tawau Regional Library of which pre-cast concrete technology was used on the facades of the building, with the biggest circular acoustic window of 6′-0” diameter. Another iconic Sabah building was the Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association (KDCA) cultural centre by Ar. Wong and he revealed that the building has the largest gong of 14′-0” in diameter and 4′-0” high in Sabah. Ar. Wong shared his experience on how the design was derived from the various cultural aspects of Kadazandusun motifs and lifestyle that provided inspiration for the complex’s unique design.

“Italian Glass mosaics in black and gold color, had to be imported for the motifs in the fascias” Wong further explained.

Feedback of the architectural talks from the attending guests was positive. “The talks were very enlightening”, said a graduate who only wished to be known as Ed. “To me, the highlight was the presentation on the Menara Tun Mustapha, As shown in its construction and design, for instance, the Menara Tun Mustapha  is a building of world-class standard. Overseas, buildings such as these are preserved and revitalized as part of its country’s heritage.” Other graduates concurred that it was nice to get a glimpse of past architecture and experiences shared by the local senior architects.

During the get-together dinner, the volunteer tutors and lecturers from the Chapter including a private quantity surveyor, who has assisted in preparing the Part 2 graduates for their Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (LAM) Part 3 professional examination for the past 3 years under the Council of Architectural Education Malaysia (CAEM) Sabah program, were presented mementos in recognition of their invaluable services rendered to PAM Sabah Chapter.

Ar. Tuan Hj. Shahriman Abdullah as chairman of Social Activities thanked the three speakers for sharing their insights of Sabah’s development in architecture and pointed out the similarities of each speaker was that each displayed a leadership role as an architect of the project, hence reminding members unless they strive to spearhead projects as the main movers and key problem solvers, the architect’s role as an industry leader will be replaced by professionals from other fields. Ar. Victor also commented that at the same time, it was important to show leadership by also working closely with other consultants and bringing them together as a team.

The event organized by PAM Sabah Chapter for its “Members Get Together Gathering” was held on 17th October at Restaurant Nasi Padang Ibu at Karamunsing Complex, Kota Kinabalu.

January 2021