Friday, May 04, 2007

The minister talks sense

Politicians are well known for their empty rhetoric and sensationalizing of issues to gain political mileage. After all, it is their bread and butter.

But at least the Natural Resources and Environment Minister has managed to talk some sense when he laments that most Malaysian houses are built based on Western designs, i.e. to retain heat, instead of giving due attention to tackling local needs and practicalities in response to local climatic conditions (Houses here based on western designs, NST, 4 May 2007).

He goes on to blame the problem on our architects being trained in the west.

Now, that’s a food for thought!

I think there is some truth in it – to a point. After 50 years of Merdeka (independence), it is high time our professionals and academicians develop some degree of independence in terms of research & development, as well as, applied knowledge.

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