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Repost :: Record of Muar's heritage for posterity

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By CHONG CHEE SEONG MUAR

A book on the study of old buildings by undergraduates aims to preserve the small town’s rich architectural culture and tradition

THIRTY-TWO Universiti Malaya (UM) and National University of Singapore (NUS) architecture undergraduates have immortalised Muar in a 208-page book entitled Muar: Tributaries and Transitions.

The book is based on the study of old buildings in Muar. The joint UM-NUS study began in May last year. It is an initiative aimed at preserving the rich architectural culture, tradition and heritage for posterity.

Assistant professor Dr Lai Chee Kien of the Department of Architecture of NUS launched the book at Kwong Siu Clan Association in Muar recently.

He said the UM-NUS joint project would promote stronger ties among the undergraduates and enrich their knowledge of both countries.

Lai said gradually some of the old buildings would be demolished to give way to development and this would result in a great loss. “Culturally, Muar has a rich heritage and is famed for its architecturally-significant buildings.

“Post-war Muar was an intellectual node for the Chinese and Malay and a centre for culture and education. Regrettably, culture has taken a […]