Malaysia’s identity should not be lost

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim emphasized that Malaysia should preserve its identity and cultural vibrancy amidst its pursuit of development.

“Our architects are trained in the West. I’m pleased to know they are more familiar with and committed to showing that what we show is not just a concrete jungle.

“It has to have character, culturally vibrant, in the context of Malaysia, indigenous Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures that are part and parcel of our community.

“If you look beyond Sabah and Sarawak, you’ll see a fantastic cultural mix. It would be shameful if we don’t take those features into consideration,” he said, reported NST. 

He also said that Malaysia’s diverse races should be integral considerations in architecture, design, and related fields to preserve cultural integrity and identity.

He said this during the ASEAN-China Ministerial Roundtable on Construction and Housing (ACMROCH) 2024.

ARCHIDEX 2024, the 23rd International Architecture, Interior Design, and Building Exhibition, will run concurrently with ACMROCH 2024 until Saturday.

ARCHIDEX 2024 features diverse exhibition themes catered to industry needs, such as audiovisual and lighting technology, Building Information Modeling (BIM), Industrialized Building Systems (IBS), building materials, and landscaping.