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KK traffic: Architects offer solution

3rd May, 2014

KOTA KINABALU: Good city planning and management are needed in order to reduce the number of cars on the road as we gear towards creating liveable and sustainable cities, said Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) Sabah Chapter.

Its chairman Victor Wong said the traffic jam in the State Capital is worsening even though the Kota Kinabalu Local Plan 2020 final draft is ready and the second public consultation of the plan will be held in City Hall from May 8 to 22.

He believed that the traffic snarls could be resolved if the development of residence, offices and commercial shops are clustered together within a short radius to enable the public transport to be brought in and eliminate the needs for the citizens to buy cars unnecessarily.

“What is happening now in our cities is the lack of integration in the implementation of the different developments and in bringing a public transport system to serve the needs of the clusters,” said Victor at the launching of IPEX 2014 at the Sabah Trade Centre here yesterday.

The event was officiated by Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Datuk Edward Yong Oui Fah. Victor also urged the authorities to discourage and review city planning that is based on car ownership. “Instead, the city planning should provide an alternative choice for its citizens to choose their mode of transportation such as by foot, bicycles or an organised public transport system,” he said.

“We must consider the options to resolve our current woes economically, through good city planning and management while waiting for the monorail to materialise which need an enormous amount of financial resources,” advised Victor.

He also suggested to the authorities to encourage mixed development in terms of housing, commercial, sports & recreational, education and industrial over a single project so that a private transport network system can be established.

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

 

Reported by:
Ar. Noreen Ooi

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