Good turnout

In his efforts to document the architectural journey in old Malaya till the present era, Dr Jon Sun Hock Lim had taken up the arduous task to trace its early beginnings.

The book is entitled “The Penang House-Rise of the Malaysian Architect 1887 -2017”.

The guest-of-honour was Dato Judy Cheng-Hopkins, the former UN Assistant Secretary for Peacebuilding.

The book traces the evolution of Malaysian architects who had understudied under their colonial bosses. 

Wealthy Chinese businessmen in that era wanted their own mansions and bungalows to enjoy their new found wealth. So, they designed their homes with a combination of European and local touches.

Moving forward, now there was a new generation of Malaysian architects who graduated from Australia and the United Kingdom.

The full turnout of supporters and well-wishers at the ballroom of the Royale Chulan Penang were keen and attentive throughout the session.

“As we come out of our hibernation due to the lockdown, I am happy to see so many friends and supporters here today.

“Penang is so full of heritage and vibrant history and we must leave it for our children and grandchildren to appreciate. I hope this book will encourage a new generation of architects,” said Dr Lim.

Indeed, Dr Jon Lim had gone to great lengths to research, interview and compile pictures, plans and documents to put together the informative book. 

He also paid tribute to former Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman for his good offices to issue him with a supporting letter for the Kedah State Secretary to assist in his research. 

Also present was Tunku’s son, Suleiman Tunku Abdul Rahman to lend support to the occasion.

Guests were also seen taking took the queue patiently to get their books autographed by the author himself. 

Tunku Suleiman getting his book autographed from Dr Jon Lim