FOUN­DA­TION COURSE

The Peak (Malaysia) - - View From The Peak -

Datuk Tan Pei Ing’s deep-seated con­vic­tions about ar­chi­tec­ture and her own philoso­phies in life are very much in­ter­twined. Late last year, Datuk Tan was put into a spot when she was de­nied en­try into Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) by a se­cu­rity guard for wear­ing a skirt. The in­ci­dent un­wit­tingly forced the ar­chi­tect to post a pic­ture of her­self on Face­book to jus­tify her at­tire (she was pro­fes­sion­ally dressed in a skirt suit with its hem well be­low the knee). Her post drew ire from the pub­lic to­wards the bar and DBKL was quick to is­sue an apol­ogy on its Face­book page with even the mayor him­self per­plexed as to why she was not al­lowed into the build­ing. It is to Datuk Tan’s credit that she did not back down.

“When I feel jus­tice needs to be done, I’ll stand up and stick my neck out by fight­ing for an is­sue I strongly be­lieve in,” she says in a cover exclusive with The Peak. Her frank views also take into ac­count what Kuala Lumpur needs to pre­serve. “I live and work in the city, and what mat­ters most to us are the en­vi­ron­ment and qual­ity of life,” she says. “Kuala Lumpur could do with much bet­ter pub­lic spa­ces – parks, for in­stance.”

Clearly, the for­mer first fe­male Per­tubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM) pres­i­dent’s opin­ions have earned her the re­spect and dig­nity she de­serves, all while re­main­ing el­e­gant and poised. “It’s such an im­por­tant pro­fes­sion, and I want to be part of a process that en­ables change,” was her sim­ple an­swer as to why she re­mains stead­fast in her pro­fes­sion­al­ism.

While Datuk Tan is the jewel in the crown of our Be­jew­elled is­sue, this month also sees our writer Ki­rat Kaur go­ing on an in­cred­i­ble jour­ney with Datuk Ramli Ibrahim, the renowned Artis­tic Di­rec­tor and Chair­man of Su­tra Foun­da­tion, to the Konark Dance Fes­ti­val of which his dance com­pany took part in. For our writer, it was an ex­pe­ri­ence that left her en­thralled and in­spired, prov­ing that you can’t put a price on some gems. MINDY TEH, ED­I­TOR-IN-CHIEF

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