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(From New Straits Times (Malaysia))
Byline: Diana Yeoh
THE Rumah Kutai, traditional Malay houses indigenous to Perak, are still in use on the banks of Perak River, mainly in Kuala Kangsar, Perak Tengah and Pasir Salak.
Rumah Kutai has only one room, with additional `rooms' being created by draping cloth between pillars.
The main structure is made of hardwood such as cengal and merbau, while meranti bamboo, leaves and tree barks are used for the walls.
The Rumah Kutai structure has 12 columns, held together by beams which run through them.
Beautifully woven by bamboo slats form the walls, while its roof is made from rumbia …