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STAYING TRUE TO HIS PROFESSION Deputy Director General (Building) of the Public Works Department and current President of the BOARD of Architects Malaysia, Ar. Dato’ Sri Dr. Amer Hamzah Mohd Yunus

MIIP AWARDS 2016 REKA SESSION 21: Have You Registered Your Interior Design Business?


Ar. Sarly Adre Sarkum

Vol.3 No.1 / 2017 / RM10.60

KDN NO PP18721/04/2015 (034180)

ISSN 2289-9316

The Astro Bar @ St Regis KL

Mosaic @ Mandarin Oriental KL

Spice Market Restaurant @ Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa, Langkawi

Lobby Lounge @ Shangri-La Hambantota Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka

Decanter @ The St Regis KL "Our ability to bring together everyone in a construction team to function as a purposeful and efficient workforce has helped us (Can.I) to have many repeat clients in the refurbishment of high end commercial projects and 5 star hotels. Todate, we have Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur for their Mosaic and Casbah, St Regis Hotel & Resort in Kuala Lumpur and Maldives, and hotels from Shangri-La Group of Hotels and Resorts in Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Maldives" Tan Goo Can Managing Director of Can.I Group of

Can.I Interior Fit-Out Sdn Bhd

The Brasserie @ The St Regis KL

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Publisher’s Note A very happy New Year to all our readers! It has been predicted that this year with the fiery temperament of the Rooster, is expected to infuse more enthusiasm and energy into our activities, increasing hopes for better prospects for everyone. This is especially great news for MIIP members as we embark on yet another year filled with association activities and milestones. On our cover this issue we have a very celebrated and honourable member of the Malaysian architectural society Ar. Dato’ Sri Dr. Amer Hamzah Mohd Yunus. Candid with his story, readers will enjoy learning more about his vast experience while learning more about where he came from and the journey he took to get where he is today. I hope that his story will inspire everyone in the industry and beyond to take our professions seriously and to be passionate about our role in the industry. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ar. Dato’ Sri Dr. Amer Hamzah Mohd Yunus for gracing our cover this issue. It is an honour! Yet again, we have successfully executed the MIIP Awards 2016! I would like to say Kudos to the organising committee for a job well done and to all members for your contributions and your support in one way or the other. We couldn’t have done it without you. In this issue, get to know the winners and take a look at some pictures from that exciting and prestigious night! To the editorial committee, congratulations on another successful issue, your contributions towards this publication has helped the industry sit up and take notice of MIIP and for that I thank you. Also, to the advertisers, your support is very much appreciated, this publication will not be possible without you. Once again, I would like to wish each and one of you a very happy and prosperous New Year, hopefully, it will be our best yet! Happy reading!

Mr Tan Goo Can President Malaysian Interior Industry Partners Association

Malaysian Interior Industry Partners Association c/o C.I.S Network Sdn Bhd B1-8-3A, Menara SOHO, Jalan Perak, 50450 Kuala Lumpur Tel: 03-2303 5912 / 03-7982 1648 PRESIDENT Mr Tan Goo Can Can.I Interior Fit-Out Sdn Bhd VICE PRESIDENT Jimmy Predeep PLM Interiors Sdn Bhd SECRETARY Steven Poh Artesia Décor Sdn Bhd TREASURER Janet Lee Jalex Sdn Bhd ORDINARY COMMITTEE MEMBERS Anthony Loh Seamaster Paint Marketing Sdn Bhd Sheanne Lee Vesta-Inovas Display Sdn Bhd Lim Gao Leong Syarikat Lian Ping Enterprise Sdn Bhd Jimmy Tong LUXX Newhouse Furniture Sdn Bhd David Cheong Euro Chairs System Sdn Bhd C T Tan Glass Network (M) Sdn Bhd IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Dato’ Vincent Lim C.I.S Network Sdn Bhd PRINTING United Mission Press Sdn Bhd (755329-X) No. 25 & 27, Jalan PBS 14/14, Taman Perindustrian Bukit Serdang, Seri Kembangan, 43300 Selangor. Tel: 603-8941 6618 Fax: 603-8945 5168 Malaysian Interior Industry Partners is published twice a year April & October. Malaysian Interior Industry Partners is produced for MIIP by Harini Management Services Sdn Bhd (60931-W).


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CONTENTS ON THE COVER 4 Staying True To His Profession

Small town boy turned highly accomplished architect, Ar. Dato’ Sri Dr. Amer Hamzah Mohd Yunus speaks candidly about his beloved career and his thoughts on MIIP’s accomplishments.

FEATURE 8 Driving The Industry To New Standards


Mr Tan Goo Can, President of MIIP shares the association’s journey under his leadership.

10 MIIP Awards 2016 16 Platinum and Gold MIIP Award 2016 Winners 20 What’s Going On?

MIIP Activities

22 MIID Homedec REKA Awards 2016 24 REKA Session 21: Have You Registered Your Interior Design Business? 26 Hire for Attitude: How To Avoid Hiring Problems


30 Urban Heat Island Effect : The Heating Of Our Cities 32 What’s New?

Check out what’s ‘IN’ in Interior Built


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33 Space Alliance Contracts Sdn Bhd 34 Artesia Décor Sdn Bhd 35 Artmatrix Manufacturing Sdn Bhd 36 Can-I Interior Fit-Out Sdn Bhd




STAYING TRUE TO HIS PROFESSION Having started out as a small town boy, Ar. Dato’ Sri Dr. Amer Hamzah Mohd Yunus, Deputy Director General (Building) of the Public Works branch and the current President of the Board of Architects Malaysia, is a highly accomplished architect who has contributed significantly to Malaysia’s architectural development.







hen speaking to Ar. Dato’ Sri Dr. Amer Hamzah one can’t get enough of his experience and expertise especially when it comes to the topic of heritage conservation. Perhaps it is because, at the very start of his career, he was part of the team that was involved in the first major refurbishment of The Stadhuys in Melaka. Or perhaps it is because his love and passion for his profession is evident in the way he articulates his vast background in the industry. Either way, if you are part of the architectural industry in Malaysia and even abroad, Dato’ Sri Dr. Amer reputation precedes him.

How it all Began Born and raised in Negeri Sembilan, Dato’ Sri Dr. Amer is a graduate from the illustrious King George V (English) Secondary School. “One of the best schools in the country at the time, that was where I spent my formative years. I still keep in touch with my classmates.” He believes that this is where his thirst for knowledge began and carried on even after his MCE. When asked how he stumbled upon the architectural profession he says, “My uncle was an architect and so I was always interested in it.” He then shares that during his first year at Institut Teknologi Kebangsaan (ITK/UTM), he had many sleepless nights and worked hard to



complete his architectural projects. “However, I had no intention of quitting simply because my parents told me that since architecture was my choice I should stick with it, which is what I did.” With his parent’s constant support and encouragement, Dato’ Sri Dr. Amer graduated with a Diploma in Senibina in July 1978, which marked the beginning of his colourful career.

Thirst for Knowledge Starting his career in the Public Works Department (PWD) as a fresh graduate, Dato’ Sri Dr. Amer craved for more. After just a year on the job, he packed his bags to further his education in the UK. “I believe that learning never stops and I really took that philosophy to heart because I was always thirsting for more knowledge,” says Dato’ Sri Dr. Amer who has a Masters of Science degree in Architectural Conservation from the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Architecture from De Monfort University, Leicester, UK. During the course of his higher education in the UK, his two older children spent a lot of time in the UK growing up. “All my children were exposed to living overseas at some point in their lives and they cherished the experience. I have no doubt that the exposure helped contribute to their success.” Apart from his many educational laurels, Dato’ Sri Dr. Amer who has worked in the

“I consult on built heritage conservation issues locally and I have also travelled extensively abroad representing Malaysia in built heritage conservation works.” – Ar. DATO’ SRI DR. AMER HAMZAH MOHD YUNUS

various departments in the PWD his entire working life, also sits on various boards and panels. He was a visiting professor at his alma mater, University Technology Malaysia, and is the author of various academic research papers. In the International arena, Dato’ Sri Dr. Amer is actively involved in the Asian Architect Council and is the Chairman of the ASEAN Architectural Education Committee. He is involved in the APEC Architect Project which discusses the mobility of professionals across the 21 APEC Economies. When asked which career milestone was closest to his heart, he spoke of the successful management and implementation of the Ministry of Health’s 25 government hospitals (under design & build and Turnkey contracts) throughout the country, including Sabah and Sarawak.

Subject Matter Specialist As a subject matter specialist, Dato’ Sri Dr. Amer is passionate about the processes and efforts in preservation and conservation on Malaysia’s heritage building and areas. He has contributed significantly in this area of the built environment. “I consult on built heritage conservation issues locally and I have also travelled extensively in the region and abroad representing Malaysia in built heritage conservation works.” However, Dato’ Sri Dr. Amer is very clear about the fact that not enough work is being done in Malaysia to preserve its rich history and he hopes that political agendas will not come in the way of proper care and conservation of Malaysia’s precious historic architecture.

Role of Board of Architects Malaysia (BAM) Apart from his role as Deputy Director General (Building) of the Public Works department Dato’ Sri Dr. Amer is the President of BAM. He explains that BAM was formed to manage the profession and practice of architects. “Therefore, it is the public and the stakeholders’ interests that we take care of,” he says. “We do this by registering practitioners and making sure they abide by the code of conduct stipulated,” he adds. However, his role as the president is to manage the Board. “The Board is made up of various people experienced in the construction industry like architects practicing

in government employment, academia and practitioners, academia and practitioners. And, I also represent the Board in meetings or discussions with the government regionally and internationally.”

MIIP and Beyond As a strong advocate for his industry and all that encompasses it, Dato’ Sri Dr. Amer is very pleased with the strides that have been made by the Malaysian Interior Industry Partners Association (MIIP). “It is highly commendable that MIIP and its members are actively involved in the association. However, the main role of the association should be to create an awareness among the public and the industry and I feel that the association have done this well.” Dato’ Sri Dr. Amer says that the MIIP Awards Night, organised by the association, made an impact. “It made the industry sit up and take notice, which is great for the progress of the association and its members. Also, I’m

very glad to see the publication of the MIIP magazine which provides a platform for the industry to flourish even further.” He reminds MIIP members to consistently toe the line and to serve their clients well, as stipulated in their code of ethics. “This includes not indulging in malpractice of any sort and holding the industry in high-esteem at all times.” He is confident that MIIP will continue to serve the industry well in the years to come.

Staying True To His Profession There is no doubt that Ar. Dato’ Sri Dr. Amer Hamzah Mohd Yunus, who was born in the year Malaysia gained her independence nearly 60 years ago, will continue to play a significant role in the Malaysian architectural industry. Known for speaking his mind, especially when it comes to matters concerning architectural practice, Dato’ Sri Dr. Amer isn’t afraid of stepping on toes if he has to. “I say what I have to say, I’m true to my profession and I always will be.”




Driving The Industry To New Standards Malaysian Interior Industry Partners Association President, Mr Tan Goo Can speaks candidly about his hopes and dreams for his beloved association as he nears the end of his first term.


f anyone knows what passion for his industry means, it would be none other than Tan Goo Can, current President of the Malaysian Interior Industry Partners Association(MIIP). Founder of Can-I Interior Fit-Out Sdn Bhd, Tan has been sitting President of MIIP for almost two years now and is pleased with the direction and growth of the association. However, he does admit a lot more can and needs to be done to further grow the association so it reaches its full potential. In an industry that never stands still and thanks to continuous fierce competition, Tan believes that the industry has been driven to new standards and the highest level of artistry and workmanship. Without a doubt, this process has therefore elevated the standards and discipline of all those involved as well. Tan was very positive and upbeat when he spoke to MIIP Magazine recently, which reiterates his love for the industry and the association.



various skills in the interior fit-out arena. For example, members could offer school leavers an apprenticeship in their companies. Then, hopefully, there is a chance of them developing into skilled craftmens or craftswomen. Also, we need to encourage university graduates to give our industry a go by offering a more exciting work environment; a satisfying career and appropriate financial rewards. HOW CAN MEMBERS HELP THE ASSOCIATION ACHIEVE SUCCESS? The association organises various activities throughout the year and we hope that more members will participate. In addition to that, we welcome more members to take an active role in volunteering their time and experience to be on the committee. IT HAS BEEN AN AMAZING YEAR FOR MIIP, DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE ACHIEVED WHAT YOU SET OUT TO ACHIEVE AS PRESIDENT? Yes and no. Although we have convinced many key industry players to join our ranks and play an active role in growing the association, we still have a long way to go in recruiting more members. Currently, we still have many highly experienced, solid industry players out there that could be an asset for the association. I would like to appeal to them to give MIIP a chance so that we can show members exactly what we can do as one big voice for the industry and I can guarantee they won’t regret it. WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THE ASSOCIATION ACHIEVE IN THE YEARS TO COME? The association needs to participate in the training and development of

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY TO YOUR COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND YOUR FELLOW MEMBERS? I think they are a “wonderful” lot. Many of them have had to set aside their busy work schedule to contribute their precious time to organise and help out in the various association activities. This was done all in the name of promoting Professionalism in the Interior fit-out industry. Many of my committee members have been together for more than 10 years and they still have the same burning passion and enthusiasm for this industry after all these years. Therefore they have my utmost respect and sincere appreciation. WHAT IS THE ONE QUOTE OR SAYING THAT YOU LIVE BY? Can do!




The MIIP AWARDS 2016: A CELEBRATION OF THE BEST IN INTERIOR BUILT The MIIP Awards 2016 was held on 21 October 2016 at the Kuala Lumpur Hilton.




he most highly anticipated event in the interior built industry was celebrated with glamour and style. It was truly a night to recognise outstanding work by members of the association on interior built projects either in the country or overseas. A total of 450 MIIP members, partners, business associates and friends attended the prestigious dinner themed ‘Accrediting Excellence’.

The Awards Held once every two years, finalists were judged on a total of nine categories and a total of 21 awards were given to deserving interior built companies. The awards was a testimony to the passion of the industry and its professionals to continuously innovate and challenge themselves to be on par with their international counterparts. The President of MIIP, Mr Tan Goo Can from Can-I Interior Fit Out Sdn Bhd in his speech said, “Only through innovation can we maintain our position at the cutting edge of the future and maintain the strength of our industry.” YB Dato’ Henry Sum Agong, Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives & Consumerism spoke about how every industry in one way or another are contributors to the



Malaysian economy, therefore we all play a role. He said, “No industry is too small and we all rely on each other in some way or the other. Therefore it is important to build on our strengths and to overcome our weaknesses together”. He also added, “I applaud your efforts and the strides that you have taken as an association to be an interactive arena for your members”. The MIIP platform allows for interaction and discourse amongst the association members to meet on matters relating to work practice, rules and regulations, design forums and product launches. This is where the industry will work as one and address problems and challenges together as well as be the go-between with professional bodies like Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia and Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers for business and social networking. Also, with one voice, members indirectly get to liaise with relevant government bodies like Jabatan Kerja Raya, Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation and Construction Industry Development Board on issues pertaining to the growth and development of the Interior Industry.







THE WINNERS The winners were selected by an independent panel of judges and went through a stringent judging process before the final decision was made and accolades awarded. The MIIP Committee and members would like to extend their warmest Congratulations to all winners! INTERIOR FIT-OUT WORKS – RETAIL CATEGORY PLATINUM • Evolve Concept Mall Jalex Sdn Bhd

INTERIOR FIT-OUT WORKS – RESIDENTIAL CATEGORY GOLD • 8 Conlay Kuala Lumpur Can.I Interior Fit-Out Sdn Bhd

GOLD • Mydin Mall, Bukit Mertajam Can.I Interior Fit-Out Sdn Bhd

SILVER • The Rafflesia @ Damansara Perdana A & A Concept Design & Contract Sdn Bhd

INTERIOR FIT-OUT WORKS – HOSPITALITY CATEGORY PLATINUM • Shangri-La Hambantota Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka Can.I Interior Fit-Out Sdn Bhd


GOLD • One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya Syarikat Lian Ping Enterprise Sdn Bhd SILVER • St Regis Langkawi Jalex Sdn Bhd INTERIOR FIT-OUT WORKS – FOOD & BEVERAGE OUTLETS CATEGORY PLATINUM • St Regis KL Can.I Interior Fit-Out Sdn Bhd GOLD • Marhaba Restaurant @ Publika Dutamas A & A Concept Design & Contract Sdn Bhd SILVER • IOI Le Meridien – Le Mei Chinese Restaurant Jalex Sdn Bhd INTERIOR FIT-OUT WORKS – WORKPLACES CATEGORY GOLD • TNS Malaysia Office at Centre Point North, Mid Valley City PLM Interiors Sdn Bhd INTERIOR FIT-OUT WORKS – PUBLIC DESIGN CATEGORY GOLD • Pantai Sentral Park Sales Gallery & Show Units Space Alliance Contracts Sdn Bhd

GOLD • Seaview Court Paft Timber Sdn Bhd SILVER • 1. Menara Technip – Artesia Decor Sdn Bhd • 2. St Regis KL – Bicarro Timber Flooring Sdn Bhd UNIQUE INSTALLATIONS GOLD • Empire City @ Damansara Perdana Ample Architectural Hardware Sdn Bhd INTERIOR PRODUCTS FOR FURNITURE, FURNISHING & FITTINGS CATEGORY GOLD • 1. Tabung Haji – Seremban Branch Office – LUXX Newhouse Furniture Sdn Bhd • 2. University Reading of Malaysia Educity Campus – Artmatrix Technology Sdn Bhd SILVER • Proposed Mixed Development (Phase 2) – Hotel Dynamic Furniture Industries (M) Sdn Bhd INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS CATEGORY GOLD • Islamic Motifs, Cyberjaya Green Mosque • Pesona Saferay Sdn Bhd




Presenting the Platinum and Gold Winners of the MIIP AWARDS 2016 INTERIOR FITOUT WORKS – RETAIL CATEGORY

ƒ PLATINUM Evolve Concept Mall Jalex Sdn Bhd

By: Pixelaw Photography



‚ GOLD Mydin Mall, Bukit Mertajam Can.I Interior Fit-Out Sdn Bhd


 PLATINUM St Regis KL Can.I Interior Fit-Out Sdn Bhd ‚ GOLD Marhaba Restaurant @ Publika Dutamas A & A Concept Design & Contract Sdn Bhd

GOLD TNS Malaysia Office at Centre Point North, Mid Valley City PLM Interiors Sdn Bhd



 PLATINUM Shangri-La Hambantota Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka Can.I Interior Fit-Out Sdn Bhd

 GOLD 8 Conlay Kuala Lumpur Can.I Interior Fit-Out Sdn Bhd


„ GOLD One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya Syarikat Lian Ping Enterprise Sdn Bhd





 GOLD Pantai Sentral Park Sales Gallery & Show Units Space Alliance Contracts Sdn Bhd


2 GOLD 1. Tabung Haji – Seremban Branch Office – LUXX Newhouse Furniture Sdn Bhd 2. University Reading of Malaysia Educity Campus – Artmatrix Technology Sdn Bhd


 GOLD Islamic Motifs, Cyberjaya Green Mosque Pesona Saferay Sdn Bhd

PLATINUM Aged Care Living & Design Homedec Showhome LUXX Newhouse Furniture Sdn Bhd


 GOLD Seaview Court Paft Timber Sdn Bhd UNIQUE INSTALLATIONS GOLD (Picture not featured) Empire City @ Damansara Perdana Ample Architectural Hardware Sdn Bhd



Space Alliance Group is a leading company for the project management services, interior fit out, manufacturing & construction. Founded in 2009, SAG pioneered by a team of highly trained and professional members specialized in project management and interior fit out services with more 20 years experiences, exposure and in depth knowledge of our team members. We are capable to provide competitive and comprehensive project management solution and interior fit out solution to meet client expectation for hospitality, life style, corporate offices, retails, food beverages, etc. SAG fully owned subsidiary companies provide interior fit out services to support its own contracting business.   Space Alliance Contracts – Project Management Space Alliance Furniture – Customise Joinery Works Space Alliance Cabinet – Kitchen & Wardrobe Packages Space Alliance Resources – Trading Services   Our strength is always focused on our team building and setting the standard guideline to deliver a consistency result in handing over the project thus building a strong relationship with the clients and consultants.



22 February


A Talk On Management Ins And Outs

Learn All You Can About Banking Needs Time: 3.30pm Venue: MIIP Office


Factory visit to Stone Empire and Euro Chair

26 April

AGM and Social Gathering


It’s Bowling Time!

Find out what’s happening with MIIP, don’t miss out on gettogethers and useful industry talks and presentations exclusively for our members.




Let’s Get Together And Have Some Fun!


For all Badminton Enthusiast, get ready to show us some of your skills!

The finest quality residential and commercial carpets.

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MIID Homedec Reka Awards 2016 Is The Best Yet! Malaysian Interior Designers got together for a night of Bollywood fun, dance and to recognise the best of the best in Interior Design. The Malaysian Institute of Interior Design (MIID) celebrated Bollywood style this time around at their annual ball and awards night held on 28 October 2016. However, the highlight of the night was the MIID Reka Awards 2016, an event that was created to recognise excellence in works by MIID members who are registered Interior Designers as well as Interior Design students. Winners were selected from a pool of MIID practicing professional members who are registered with Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (Board of Architects Malaysia) and student members of Interior Design Schools. The President of MIID, Ar. Chris Yap Seng Chye, who was the head of the judging panel explains that receiving an honour of excellence amongst peers of the same profession takes on a significance in one’s pursuit of his or her profession. He added, ”The satisfaction and feeling of accomplishment upon receiving the award reaches far beyond the basic realm of completing the project itself.” The MIID Reka Awards is a platform where members get the opportunity to display their innovative works and to be judged by their



esteemed peers. Thus, it is the institute’s role to acknowledge the deserving winners by conferring them the awards. To further encourage innovation and creativity among Interior Designers, MIID’s corporate partner, CIS Network Sdn. Bhd. (HomeDec) had introduced two new awards namely, the HomeDec Innovative

Product Award and the HomeDec Good Design Award in conjunction with MIID Homedec Reka Awards 2016. The much anticipated event saw the inclusion of some MIIP members as award recipients for the MIID Homedec Reka Awards 2016. Congratulations to all the winners of MIID Homedec Reka Awards 2016!




REKA Session 21: Have You Registered Your Interior Design Business? Ar. Chris Yap, President of the Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers (MIID) reminds members to register with LAM to adhere to the revisions to the The Architect Act 1967 and Architect Rules 1996.


n 2007, under the Architects Act 1967 and Architect Rules 1996, Interior Design was legislated as a profession. However, in 2015, both these acts underwent revisions that will affect Interior Designers, Interior Design Firms and the overall practice of the profession. In his talk to members through the REKA Session 21 platform, Ar. Chris Yap outlined the urgency for MIID members to register with Lembaga Akitek Malaysia (LAM) in line with the revisions stipulated in the Architects Act 1967 and Architect Rules 1996 that came into effect in February 2015. He explains that failing to register will result in Interior Designers not being able to practice their profession lawfully. Ar. Chris Yap is the current President of the Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers (MIID) or Pertubuhan Perekabentuk Dalaman Malaysia (PPDM), the national institute representing the interior design profession in Malaysia. It is an amalgamation of two previous



bodies namely, Interior Designers Institute of Malaysia (Institut Perekabentuk Dalaman Malaysia or IPDM) and the Malaysian Society of Interior Designers (MSID). Under Part VA of Act 117, entitled, ‘Special Provisions Relating to Interior Designers’ all Interior Designers section 27A and Interior Design Consultancy Practices (Section 27E) must be registered with the Board of Architects Malaysia in order to provide Interior Design services and in order to be entitled to recover any professional fees. Under Section 27E, Interior Design Consultancy Practice, provides that an interior designer unless registered with the Board of Architects as a sole proprietorship, a partnership or a body corporate and has been issued a certificate of registration shall not be entitled to provide interior design consultancy services for interior works as listed and described in section 27E or be entitled to recover in any court any fee, charge, remuneration or other form or other

form of consideration for interior design services rendered. Section 27D(3) : Registration of Graduate Interior Designer - to ensure adequate practical experience before practising. Section 27D(4): Qualifying Exam for Interior Designer - to ensure competency in accordance to the local laws related to interior works. Ar Chris explains that the process for registration is simple and straightforward and should be done as soon as possible by interior designers. The REKA 21 session hosted by MIID and sponsored by JUNG provided an ideal platform for members to direct any questions they had on the process of registration with LAM.

SO WHERE DO YOU FIT IN? Qualifications for registration of Interior Designers.

Section 27D(3) : Registration of Graduate Interior Designer – to ensure adequate practical experience before practising. Section 27D(4): Qualifying Exam for Interior Designer - to ensure competency in accordance to the local laws related to interior works. 27D. (1) A person who holds the qualification recognized by the Board shall be entitled on application to be registered as a Graduate Interior Designer. (2) A person who is registered as a Graduate Interior Designer under subsection (1) shall be required to obtain such practical experience and to pass the examinations as may be determined by the Board in order to be entitled to apply for registration as an Interior Designer under subsection (3). (3) A person who – (a) is a Graduate Interior Designer and has obtained the practical experience and passed the examinations as may be determined by the Board under subsection (2); or (b) is a Corporate Member of the Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers or has obtained membership of a professional institute or body which the Board considers to be equivalent to the Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers, shall be entitled on application to be registered as an Interior Designer. (4) A person who is registered under subsection 10(2) as an Architect and under section 7A as an architectural consultancy practice shall be entitled to be registered as an interior design consultancy practice.




Hire for Attitude How you can avoid hiring problems. by Rowena Morais




ad hiring decisions cost you and these costs go far beyond finances.In Fred Yager’s Dice article, The Cost of Bad Hiring Decisions Run High, the Harvard Business Review points out that as much as 80 percent of employee turnover is due to bad hiring decisions. How many of us actually ensure that our hiring processes and plan, meet our desired goals? How many of us ensure that confirmation bias is not at play - the tendency for us to search for, interpret or prioritise information in such a way that confirms our own beliefs or hypotheses?

Be clear about the job position and the title – where does this sit within a particular department and the organisation as a whole? Clarify the reporting structure. Summarise the position, what function it serves and what sort of responsibilities are expected of the role. Be specific about the type of knowledge, skills, language and aptitudes required for the role. Prioritise which you believe is mandatory and which is useful but not required. Review the job description periodically because changes within your business, industry and climate as well as your requirements may change with time.


Leadership IQ conducted a survey that indicated that 46 percent of new hires failed within 18 months and that 89 percent of the time, it was for attitude, not lack of technical skill. What is attitude? It refers to the manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc with regard to a person or thing; tendency or orientation, especially of the mind. Hiring for attitude is about hiring someone for how they feel and think about something. The fact is a person’s attitude has a bearing on how they work, how they get along with work mates and how they regard their company. Everyone has an attitude. The hiring process should ideally focus on discovering what that attitude is, instead of taking any assertions made at face value. Anybody can say that they have a particular attitude but what you want to do is find opportunities to test that out - early. Early detection ensures you make the right decision. Hiring costs money, takes up significant time and resources and then results in training and onboarding activities to bring that new member into the fold. All of which will

Is it possible you already think that “you know what you’re looking for”? The flaw with this approach is that you then do not embrace the proven best practices of hiring that help you find the best employees for your company. As Mark Clark, Associate Professor at American University’s Kosgod School of Business argues, “Even though we know what works, which is putting more money up front in the form of more time from the managers, and that ends up resulting in better organisations, people don’t do it because that up-front thing is hardest to manage on a time scale.”

CLARITY THROUGH PREPARATION Think ahead and know who you are looking for. The best way to do this is to prepare a well-crafted job description. It is the first step in your hiring process. It makes it that much simpler because you cannot find the person you are not looking for.


In a Fast Company article, How Much A Bad Hire Will Actually Cost You, it was reported that:-

41% 40% 37% 36 % 22 %

of those surveyed lost worker productivity.

lost time due to recruiting and training another worker.

incurred expenses recruiting and training another worker.

endured negative impact on employee morale.

suffered negative impact on client solutions.




be wasted if you have hired someone who is not the right fit for your company. Behaviour, on the other hand, refers to a manner of behaving or acting; an observable activity in human or animal; the aggregate of responses to internal and external stimuli. Behaviour can be either positive or negative and manifests in the way a person speaks, how he treats another and the particular acts he engages in. Negative behaviours range from yelling, rudeness and anger to telling sexual jokes or making disparaging remarks about a person’s race or culture. The thing is organisations tolerate certain behaviours and not others. It is a wide arc. Behaviours which are not tolerated, inappropriate or even wrong, need to be dealt with. This begs the question, how can we then detect such behaviours early? The reason for early detection is so that the best possible hires are made. While you can help to modify behaviours once these are discovered, these behaviours are a manifestation of a person’s attitude. Lasting change, if any, must come from within, not directed nor demanded from the outside. What does this mean? It means you’re looking to decide on whether to hire a person based more on the attitude a person has and less on their skill set or experience. Decisions based on this are much harder than assessing skill and experience. Skills can be talked about and explained. In some cases, candidates can also show you what they can do through a work sample test. This involves giving candidates a sample piece of work, such that they may encounter in their job and then assessing how well they performed. Experience too, is easier to review and decide on. You can review past job positions held and verify that the candidates worked at those positions stated. Attitudes, though, are a little harder to detect and discover. You have to rely on what you see and hear. You have to be alert and know what it is you are looking for and what to assess. When candidates present themselves for interviews, most times, they are on their best behaviour and they are prepared. In other words, they are on guard which makes discovery and detection that much harder to accomplish. You want to hire for intellectual curiosity, for a willingness to always be learning and to problem solve.






José Colmenares is a recruiter at Southwest Airlines, an acclaimed airline for the past decade, according to Peter Carbonara in his Fast Company article, Hire for Attitude, Train for Skill. Part of Colmenares’s test tactics included a very involved and revealing group exercise called Fallout Shelter where applicants were told to imagine they were a committee charged with rebuilding civilisation after a just-declared nuclear war. They were given a list of 15 people from different occupations: nurse, teacher, all-sport athlete, biochemist, pop singer and they had 10 minutes to make a unanimous decision about which seven people could remain in the only available fallout shelter. Colmenares reviewed and graded each person - as they got involved in a heated discussion on the topic - as either “passive”, “active” or “leader.”

USE DIFFERENT 2 FORMATS TO PROVIDE A ROUNDED APPROACH The article, Here’s Google’s Secret to Hiring the Best People, an excerpt of Laszlo Bock’s book, Work Rules! published in April 2015 discusses the use of structured interviews - behavioural and situational.

REVIEW THE 3 DOCUMENTS YOU ARE PRESENTED WITH Take a look at the candidate’s application cover letter and resume. Consider what is said and unsaid. Take a look at any gaps and ask pointed questions about the gaps. Assess how candidates respond to the questions, the time taken as well as how

they provide any explanation. Spend more time listening and questioning and less time talking.


Most organisations would limit this to the hiring manager, the potential boss and probably a few peers. However, very rarely, will candidates meet someone who will work for them. This is one way Google turns this upside down. Laszlo Bock mentioned this when discussing a few of Google’s secrets to hiring the best people. By meeting the people who will work for them, Google showed candidates how they are truly nonhierarchical. Adding someone from a completely different team (eg legal or finance) can be very useful in keeping the quality of the hire high.


Although you cannot rely on them completely, references provide some help. References are just one more piece of the puzzle, that combined with other pieces help you gain a strong impression of the candidate you are faced with. Discover, where you can, the real relationships between the candidate and the person providing the reference. They may hold clues.

REVIEW BOTH VERBAL 6 AND NON VERBAL COMMUNICATION Honesty in responses can also be verified by the time taken to provide feedback or comment. Cross checks using different questions can potentially reveal inconsistencies.

REVIEW YOUR 7 APPROACH FROM THE CANDIDATE’S EYE In your overarching goal to find the right candidate, remember that the candidate is also reviewing you. Create situations in the interview where enough latitude is provided for people to showcase who they are, allowing them to bring forth their sense of fun, humour, enthusiasm and passion. Consider what the candidate is thinking about, what he might be looking for, what expectations he may have about your company based on what he has read, spoken to others about and what is discussed on social channels. This will also provide guidance as to the type of questions to ask.


Something I once heard Oprah say, resonated deeply. Quoting Maya Angelou, Oprah said that when someone shows you who they are, believe them. In her words, “When people show you who they are the first time believe them. Not the 29th time. When a man doesn’t call you back the first time, when you are mistreated the first time, when someone shows you lack of integrity or dishonesty the first time, know that this will be followed many many other times, that will some point in life come back to haunt or hurt you….” In our quest to hire quickly, to trust someone we’ve had a great conversation with or to solve a critical problem at our company, we may choose to disregard warning bells, however slight they may be. We do so at our own peril. We should not aim to hire people only to work on changing them. We should hire the right people. We should learn how to read people, from the clothes they wear, the way they stand to the grip of their handshake.


Ensure you ask candidates, in your job interviews, to describe specific examples of their skills. This was revealed in a DDI (Development Dimensions International) and ERE (Electronic Recruiting Exchange)

survey about the modern hiring practices which keep organisations on top. One of the top findings indicated that 94 percent of the organisations surveyed already use this kind of interview, that it is so successful that nearly 40 percent of those organisations are planning to do even more in the future. Remember than when hiring for attitude and behaviour, there is no quick fix or simple answer. You’re looking to create situations where you can bring that candidate’s attitude to the forefront. You’re looking to ask the kind of questions that support that process. You’re looking to bring people in, outside the typical hiring team, who can add perspective and neutrality to that process. All these issues make the idea of hiring a lot harder than you might want it to be. However, as Alan Davidson, an industrial psychologist in San Diego said, “The overarching idea is that you hire hard and then manage easy”. That’s a good plan to have. #hiring #assessment #interview #attitude #behaviour

• This article has been adapted for this publication and was originally published by Prosky in October 2016. Editor and Programme Director at Vertical Distinct, a media and learning organisation, Rowena Morais is an entrepreneur, writer and podcaster. She helps Human Resource and Technology professionals through a variety of articles, podcasts, interviews and a range of internationally accredited and in-demand technical and professional courses offered throughout Asia Pacific and the Middle East. A ghostwriter and editor, you can also find out more about Rowena at Connect with Rowena on LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ or Facebook.




Urban Heat Island Effect –

The Heating Of Our Cities Ar Sarly Adre Sarkum explains how our cities are becoming hotter by the day and what we can do to minimise heat emissions.


e all have heard the familiar lament among the older urbanites that today’s generation have been spoiled by modern comforts and technologies. For example in the past, cars did not even come with airconditioning yet people were still comfortable. Unfortunately, the change we are feeling is all too real and is a scientifically proven fact. It has been irrefutably proven that urbanisation causes temperature in developed areas to increase dramatically. As cities become larger in size it actually creates its own microclimate. This is due to the materials that we use to build our cities such as concrete, bricks and glass which have a higher degree of heat retention as opposed to the original natural vegetation



from the forest. You will notice that a brick wall will continue to radiate the heat that it has accumulated during the day well into the late hours of the night. Hence the complaint of many single storey terrace owners that they cannot sleep without some form of airconditioning. Imagine this heating process happening in a larger scale, a city wide scale. Imagine how much heat is released into the general atmosphere. I am sure all of you have experienced this situation before: gentle rain falling during a hot afternoon, you expect the general temperature to drop due to the rain but when you actually get out of your house or car and on to the road it seems even hotter. This is due to the tarmac or asphalt on the roads actually releasing its heat via the rainwater, as the rain is not heavy most of the water is

evaporated. The release of heat as well as the increase in humidity will give the effect that it is actually hotter. The retained heat is not the only problem with regards to urban heat island effect, the reflectance of heat towards the atmosphere is another. Generally all surfaces reflect heat differently, this is what is technically known as the albedo. Albedo, simply put, is the measure of the reflectivity of the earth’s surface. Generally when we build a city we change the general albedo of an area, usage of glass especially increases the reflectance of surfaces. In the extreme, when coupled with unfortunate designs it can be as serious as the case of a car melting by the concave surface of the “Walkie-Talkie” shaped building in Eastcheap London. The Jaguar owner had parked his car

Typical thermal crossection across the urban, sub-urban and rural areas



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“We are losing millions of ringgit in energy cost and with the price of energy increasing the cost will get even more and more adverse for all of us.” – AR SARLY ADRE and when he returned about two hours later, he found parts of his car, including the wing mirror and badge, had melted. Of course this is in an extreme case, normally we would still feel the reflecting heat as a distinct discomfort even if it does not melt your car. According to studies done by several universities, the range of temperature differences can be as much as 4°C to 6°C in between a tropical city like Kuala Lumpur and forested areas in the same region. This is a huge difference. The impact of this is not just in terms of general discomfort but also in terms of the immense increase in energy to cool many of the buildings and vehicles in these urban areas. We are losing millions of ringgit in energy cost and with the price of energy increasing the cost will get even more and more adverse for all of us. That is why government efforts and green rating tools such as the Green Building Index (GBI) all promote certain measures to reduce the urban heat island effect. Among the most frequently mentioned ones are: • Increasing tree and vegetative cover

Suburban Commercial Residential


whenever possible. This means that there should be more softscape rather than hardscape in the landscape of a development. Even hardscaped areas can be softened by using products such as grassed pavers, or utilising low heat retention materials • Creating green roofs (also called “rooftop gardens” or “eco-roofs”). Green roofs are not only good for preventing the green island effect but actually also helps to insulate the building • Use cool/low thermal retention materials for everything. This applies to pavement, streetscape roofs and other such elements which are exposed to solar radiation. • Use a lighter colour whenever available. This again applies to all elements of the urbanscape from buildings to landscaping. Paint our roofs and walls in a lighter colour. This even applies to our roads, a low albedo value (characteristic of black asphalt), which absorbs a large percentage of solar heat creating warmer near-surface temperatures. Pavement with light-colored concrete mix or replacing asphalt with light-colored alternatives, our cities may be able to lower average temperatures. Of course the best form of mitigation is prevention and future planning. When we plan new communities, we need to look into planning for reduction of the heat island effect. Tools such as the GBI township tool help to ascertain areas of emphasis that needs to be looked at with regard to this. Communities and new townships need to be planned right from the very beginning to fight the urban

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heat island effect as to do it in hind sight is far more costly and requires a far greater effort. Communities planning should be interspersed with areas of parks and waterbodies to ensure that the local microclimate is suitably balanced. Good city planning in this regard and heat island mitigation efforts have multiple interrelated benefits, including cleaner air, improved human health and comfort, reduced energy costs, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. A disturbing trend today is the conversion of urban parks and greenery as new developments due to the value of the land that they sit on. Local city councils need to take this consideration more seriously and prevent green areas already allocated for parks and open areas from being developed. Local communities should rally together and create a groundswell of education and a change of mind-set with regard to the environment. Let us together try to stop the mass culling of trees in our urban greenery and conversion of the pockets of green space in the name of progress and urban renewal.

Ar Sarly Adre is the Immediate Past President of the Malaysia Green Building Confederation and the Chief Architecturalist for the Avant-garde design firm Sarly Adre Sarkum Architecture Sdn Bhd.






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leader in Project Management Services, interior fit – out, manufacturing and construction, Space Alliance Space Alliance Contracts Sdn Bhd has done it again with their latest project. The Pantai Sales Sentral Park is situated in Jalan Pantai Dalam, Kuala Lumpur. This Project includes construction and completion of 1 block of sales gallery show unit and sales office as well as 1 unit refuse centre and car parking. Total built up area is approximately 100,000 square feet and construction was completed in 15 months. The scope of work for the project includes piling and main building works, foundation works, ID Fit-Out Work, external and infrastructure works. It also covers Mechanical & Electrical work inclusive of supply, delivery, installation, testing and commissioning of the system and hand over in good working condition of main contract. The standards, materials,

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Carpets, The Best Way To Personalise Your Space Artesia Décor’s Steven Poh believes there is no better way to personalise a room and make it your own than with the perfect carpet!


olours, shapes and patterns of a carpet catches the eye almost immediately,” says carpet specialist Steven Poh, Managing Director of Artesia Décor.

The Intricacies of Carpeting Carpets have taken a whole different turn today compared to the past. Gone are the days when carpeting was about picking your favourite solid colour for the entirety of a room. In today’s world of constant stimulation, carpeting has evolved to include what is known as carpet designing – an array of new design possibilities – more texture, some pattern, and even flecks of colour adding interest to basic backgrounds. A major shift in new carpet patterns include layered colour and soft texture in carpet. These combinations are not only aesthetically pleasing but is popular because it minimises soil and vacuum marks. However, the main advantage of carpet design is that colour and texture offer more distinctive styling and fashion appeal.

The Team At Artesia Décor Is At Hand To Tell You More! Artesia Décor is a carpet specialist that has pioneered carpet design in Malaysia. Poh



explains that carpet designing is an art and takes a keen eye. Their clients include big brands in hotel and commercial buildings. “Picking colours and styles that are eye-pleasing is essential to any room and can make or break an interior design.” He explains that the team works closely with interior designers to come up with the perfect carpeting and wall fabrics for a dedicated space. “This involves various designs of leaves, trellises, or flowers, for example – offer organic shapes that coordinate easily with other patterns in a room,” he explains. He adds, “Strong colours that come from commercial pallets are now available in multi-coloured loops, cut loop surfaces, and Berber styles as accents creating a whole new world of carpeting possibilities.” Poh describes carpet designing to be constantly evolving and Artesia Décor is confident about keeping up with the change and the pace.

“We are constantly bettering ourselves to meet the needs of today while maintaining our high standards and quality.” – Steven Poh, Managing Director of Artesia Décor



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No One Said It Was Easy Being an Interior Industry Expert doesn’t come without its challenges explains the team at Can.I Interior Fit-Out Sdn Bhd.


hen you speak to Interior Industry professionals, they will tell you that as rewarding their work is, the complexities involved proves challenging sometimes. Firstly, architectural works and engineering works are confined to statutory requirements therefore ‘fit for use’ takes priority. According to business, the term ‘fit for use’ is defined as effectiveness of a design, manufacturing method, and support process employed in delivering a good, system, or service that fits a customer’s defined purpose, under anticipated or specified operational conditions. In simple terms, the interior industry professional will also be liable if ‘fit for use’ is not met and therefore must exercise reasonable care and skill in the provision of their services.

Relying In Your Preparation

Anticipation Is Key Apart from the various skills that they already possess, interior industry professionals have to be masters at anticipating issues. Various changes may come into play like enhancing the design or perhaps new requirements may come into play to suit operator functionality during the project which in turn will affect delivery lead time and material availability. Therefore, it is crucial that these potential changes are anticipated and dealt with from the start whenever possible.

Tick Tock Tick Tock The Can-I team know very well that time is of essence. This is because each project requires very precise planning for manpower, securing of required material, coordination with other contractors and related trades as well as cash flow of the projects. This also includes monitoring



and constant follow- ups to minimise any deviation from the original plans. However, they are also experienced enough to always also have a Plan B if any unforeseen circumstances would arise. However, the challenge here is the availability of capable staff to handle such multi-tasking. The general consensus is that the younger generation are no longer interested in taking up the challenge to perform duties that are highly stressful, involve long working hours or involve big commitments. Therefore, replenishing older but more experience staff will prove a challenge in this industry.

Project management consultants are getting more popular these days. Besides managing the projects on behalf of clients, they have taken extra precautionary measures to safe guard the clients’ interest. It appears that pushing the boundaries of contracts creating legal issues seem to be normal these days. Inexperience contractors coupled with insufficient documentation and insufficient knowledge of contract rights will put the contractors in a position of being imposed with Liquidated Ascertain Damages (LAD) or fail to make monetary claims for works being carried out. Therefore it is important to hire the right staff for the right projects, have proper documentation of events, planning, and tracking of site activities and progress to emulate any potential dispute. Feedback and discussion on the various challenges faced by Interior Industry Professionals was provided by the team at Can-I Interior Fit-Out Sdn Bhd which includes Mr U Mun Liang, Mr See Chee Hong, Mr R Ganesan, Mr Leong Chian Meng and Mr Cheah Voon Kuon.





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Yeo Lee Ling, CEO Lim Yoke Chin, Director

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Michael Choon Teik Kok, GM Merrick Lim Chin Heon, Project Director

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Herbert Koh, CEO Francis Lau, Vice President, Sales

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Tan Kim Kok, Director

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Jim Tan, VP – Window Covering PDTS Business-Asian Operations Azman, Regional Director

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James Teo, Director Shamila Jennifer Balan, Senior Manager

Export Soft Fittings

Jalex Sdn Bhd Bangunan Jalex, Lot 3750, Lorong 2D, Kg Baru, Subang, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor.

Tel: 03-7846 2088 Fax: 03-7847 1932 Email: Website:

Janet Lee, Executive Director

Interior Fit Out






Jeman Light & Services 15A, Lorong Sanggul 1F, Bandar Puteri, 41200 Klang, Selangor.

Tel: 016-221 8500 Fax: 03-5166 4505 Email:

S Prakash, Director


Jemaramas Jaya Sdn Bhd Lot 6119, Jalan Haji Salleh, Batu 5½ Off Jalan Meru, 41050 Klang, Selangor.

Tel: 03-3392 6888 Fax: 03-3392 2833 Email: Website:

Adam Law Kian Guan, Executive Director Matthew Law Kian Siong, Group CEO

Office Furniture Manufacturer

JX Engineering Sdn Bhd 2, Jalan PB1 4, Perindustrian Bukit Indah, 47000 Sg Buloh, Selangor.

Tel: 03-6151 6486 Fax: 03-6150 6486 Email: Website:

Tan Ken Hoe, Director Chong Lee Fong, Director

Fabricate Steel Work

Kamal Engineering Sdn Bhd 65-2, Jalan Prima SG 3/1, Prima Sri Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves.

Tel: 03-6186 2405 Fax: 03-6186 2406 Email: Website:

Ir Mustaffa Kamal Bin Kamaluddin, MD Ir Ahmad Kamal bin Awang, Executive Director

ID Works and Renovation

Kian Interiors Sdn Bhd 23A-2, Jalan LGSB 1/2, Pusat Kommersial LGSB, Off Jalan Hospital, 47000 Sungai Buloh, Selangor.

Tel: 03-6151 9339 Fax: 03-6144 6861 Email: Website:

Peter Mikkelsen, MD


KW-Jwee Marketing Sdn Bhd 27-1 Medan Hujan Rahmat, Taman OUG, 58200 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-7783 6263 Fax: 03-7785 8245 Email: Website:

Norman Lim, Director Ms Eng Siew Yok

Sound Insulation & Building Materials

Luxx Newhouse Furniture Sdn Bhd 10, Jalan TUDM, Kg Baru Subang, 40150 Shah Alam, Selangor.

Tel: 03-7845 8100 Fax: 03-7831 0158 Email: Website:

Jimmy Tong, President Chie Hong Yuen, Assitant GM, Sales & Operation Division Chloe Chow, Business Development

Solid Surface, Quartz Stone, Kitchen Sink & Mixer Tap

Maica Corporation Sdn Bhd 5100, Lorong Mak Mandin 5, Mak Mandin Industrial Estate, 13400 Butterworth, Penang.

Tel: 04-324 1436 Fax: 04-324 9405

Lim Kia Kee, CEO Angelina Ong, Marketing Communication Manager

Trading In Hardware & Building Materials

Malaysian Mosaics Berhad 1A, Jalan 205, Off Jalan Tandang, 46050 Petaling Jaya.

Tel: 03-7718 7333 Fax: 03-7718 7520 Email: Website:

Tan Kok Aun, Commercial Director Teresa Khoo, Senior Marketing Manager

Manufacturing of Homogeneous and Ceramic Tiles

Merryfair Chair System Sdn Bhd No.2, Jalan Koporat 1/KU9, Taman Perindustrian Meru, 42200 Klang, Selangor.

Tel: 03-3393 6868 Fax: 03-3393 6888 Email: Website:

Shirlene Leong, Sales Director Zakiah Adibah Bt.Suleimen, Sales Manager


Modular Scale Sdn Bhd I-07-02, Block I, Setiawalk, Persiaran Wawasan, Pusat Bandar Puchong, 47160 Puchong.

Tel: 03-5879 1052 Fax: 03-5879 1053 Email: Website:

Soon Kien Aik, CEO Tang Mun Wai, COO

Kitchen and Cabinet ID

Nippon Paint (M) Sdn Bhd Lot 1.17, Taman Perindustrian Subang Utama, Jalan SU4, 40300 Shah Alam.

Tel: 03-5125 0888 Fax: 03-5191 4881 Email: Website:

Wong Meng Lee, Senior Marketing Manager Sabrina Chow, Senior Marketing Executive

Paint Manufacturer

Niro Ceramic Sales & Services (M) Sdn Bhd Lot 2, Persiaran Sultan, Seksyen 15, 40200 Shah Alam.

Tel: 03-5033 9333 Fax: 03-5033 9322 Email: Website:

Edmund Lee, Senior Business Development Executive

Manufacturer (Tiles)

One Interior & Fit-Out Works Sdn Bhd 9-1, Jalan Reko Sentral 8, Reko Sentral, 43000 Kajang, Selangor.

Tel: 03-8734 7868 Fax: 03-8733 6687 Email:

Lee Ai Shan, Office Manager Kelvin Low, Executive Director

Interior Fit Out

Paft Timber Sdn Bhd 1404, Lorong Bakau 2, Taman Industri Perabot, Sungai Baong, 14200 Sungai Jawi, Penang.

Tel: 04-583 3220 Fax: 04-583 3223 Email: Website:

Beh Hock Seng, CEO Koh Wei Leong, CMO

Manufacturer Flooring









Pedini Cucine (M) Sdn Bhd Lot 10, Jalan Perusahaan Utama, Taman Perindustrian Selesa Jaya, 43300 Balakong, Selangor Darul Ehsan.

Tel: 03-8961 8228 Fax: 03-8961 4082 Email: Website:

Tay Send Chai (Elvin), MD Tay Seng Huat, MD

Interior Decorative, Furnishing, Construction

Pesona Saferay Sdn Bhd Lot 5930, Perusahaan Kamunting, 34600 Kamunting, Perak.

Tel: 05-891 1128 Fax: 05-891 1210 Email: Website:

Chong Chee Ling, Sales & Marketing Director Ms Jacy Kwa, Marketing Manager


PLM Interiors Sdn Bhd 15-3-B, Block B, Dataran Palma, Jalan Selaman 1, 68000 Ampang.

Tel: 03-4278 4088 Fax: 03-4278 4098 Email: Website:

Jimmy Predeep, Group MD Lee Ying Wah, Director, Commercial

Interior Fit-Out

Seamaster Paint Marketing Sdn Bhd Lot 4, Jalan Pasaran 23/5, Section 23, Kawasan MIEL, Shah Alam, Phase 10, Selangor Darul Ehsan.

Tel: 03-5542 9188 Fax: 03-5542 6088 Email: Website:

Ms Fei Tan Ms Angie Ng

Distributor Of Paint Products

Series Supplies (M) Sdn Bhd B8/G, Block B, Jalan Selaman 1, Dataran Palma, 68000 Ampang.

Tel: 03-4270 7161 Fax: 03-4270 7089 Email: Website:

Paramananthan Kuppusamy@Nathan, Director Sugi Anne Ramanadan, Director

Interior & Architectural Wall Panels

Sika Kimia Sdn Bhd No. 9, Jalan Timur, 46000 Petaling Jaya.

Tel: 03-7957 0111 Fax: 03-7956 7291 Email: Website:

Pierre A Favre, Product Manager Chan Sau Yoong, GM

Waterproofing, Tile Adhesive, Flooring, Wood Floor Bonding, Roofing And Refurbishment Products.

Sinar Muhibbah Sdn Bhd 11-6-1, Block B, Jalan 1/125E, Megan Salak Park, Taman Desa Petaling, 57100 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-9057 7333 Fax: 03-9056 5733 Email: Website:

Dato’ Edmund Lim, MD Chong Yong Keong, Director


Space Alliance Contracts Sdn Bhd Lot 10, Jalan P/15, Kawasan Perindustrian MIEL, Seksyen 10, Bandar Baru Bangi.

Tel: 03-8922 1778 Fax: 03-8923 1778 Email: Website:

Darren Chang, MD Melvin Ng, Exec Director melvin@sagrp.comny

Interior Fit-Out

Sunray Construction & Interior Sdn Bhd 31, Jalan Angkasa Mas Utama, Kawasan Perindustrian Tebrau 11, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor.

Tel: 07-353 9113 Fax: 07-353 9110 Email: Website:

Connie Wu, CEO Tan Kok Keng, Deputy CEO

Interior Fit-Out & M&E Works

Sykt Lian Ping Enterprise Sdn Bhd 52-54, 5½ Miles (Kampung Pasir), Jalan Kelang Lama, 58000 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-7782 8100 Fax: 03-7782 7319 Email: Website:

Lim Gao Leong, MD

ID Fit-Out Contractor

Tackor Design Sdn Bhd 280, Jalan Temiang, 70200 Seremban.

Tel: 06-763 8967 Fax: 06-762 9377 Email: Website:

Michael Khoo, MD Lam Mew Sim, Contract Manager

ID Works, Furniture & M&E Works

Urban Designs Studio Sdn Bhd 301-303, 2nd & 3rd Floor, 2A½ Miles, Jalan Ipoh 51200, Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-4045 3000 Fax: 03-4041 3588 Email:

Ben Gan, MD Cliff Phoon, Creative Director

Interior Designing, Consulting & Home Furnishing

Vesta-Inovas Display Sdn Bhd 22, Jalan BPP8/2, Bandar Putra Permai, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor.

Tel: 03-8938 1825 Fax: 03-8938 2885 Email: Website:

Lee Kong Chin, Director Sheanne Lee, Operation Manager

Stainless Steel Wire Rope & Fittings

Waltex Corporation (M) Sdn Bhd 1A, Lorong Kurau, Bangsar 59100, Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-2288 1823 Fax: 03-2282 1991 Email:

Steven S H Cheong, MD Justin H H Cheong, Executive Director – Business Development


Welltech Trading Sdn Bhd 51, Jalan 2/115C, Taman Kuchai Jaya, Jalan Kuchai Lama, 58200 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-7987 2012 Fax: 03-7987 2013 Email: Website:

Tan Sake Wei, Director

Retailor of Construction Materials


SIKA TILING SYSTEM FOR WET AREAS For wet areas such as bathrooms and kitchens, Sika offers a full system: Waterproofing one-component cementitious mortar, elastic and fiber-reinforced; cementitious adhesive with a high polymer content and highly deformable. There is a choice between colored esthetic two-component epoxy tile grout, waterproof with high chemical and abrasion properties, and cementitious tile grouts with a low modulus, high flexibility, mechanical strength and abrasion resistance. This easy to work and cleanable tile grout is water resistant and has low coefficient water absorption, and also includes save color technology, helping to prevent the proliferation of bacteria, fungi and mold. Finally completing the system is high performance elastomeric antifungal sealant.

SIKA KIMIA SDN BHD ¡ MORTAR No. 9, Jalan Timur, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor D.E., Malaysia Phone: +603 7957 0111 ¡ Fax: +603 7956 7291

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Malaysian Interior Industry Partners (MIIP)|Vol 3|No 1|2017|Ar Dato Sri Amer Hamzah PWD LAM  

The MIIP Magazine is the official publication for the Malaysian Interior Industry Partners Association. Comprising movers and shakers of the...

Malaysian Interior Industry Partners (MIIP)|Vol 3|No 1|2017|Ar Dato Sri Amer Hamzah PWD LAM  

The MIIP Magazine is the official publication for the Malaysian Interior Industry Partners Association. Comprising movers and shakers of the...