‘Cut and paste’ buildings to portray the arts in Kelantan, says UMK fellow

KOTA BARU: A Universiti Malaysia Kelantan principal fellow today pointed out that the "cut and paste" method was being used to portray the arts in buildings in Kelantan.

Datuk Dr Adi Taha, principal fellow at the university's Faculty of Creative Technology and Heritage, said many new buildings had been put up with the kubah (dome) to portray the Islamic element but did not convey the essence as such.

"They are mere rhetoric for the interests of certain quarters," he told Bernama after the opening of a seminar on architecture organised by the university, here.

Dr Adi suggested that the Kelantan government undertake preservation of old buildings with Malay heritage aesthetic value so that they could become the subject of study and history for the future generations.

He said research showed that many old buildings in Kota Baru had been demolished to make way for development, and cited the Cultural Zone near the Muhammadi Mosque as an example.

Dr Adi said some of the old buildings in the state which had to be preserved were the Bank Kerapu building, the old building of the Kelantan Islamic Affairs and Malay Customs Council (MAIK), private residential buildings and the historical Kampung Laut Mosque. -- Bernama
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