Monday, November 18, 2013

Lollipop Bait, TBWA Kuala Lumpur

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

‘Balik kampung’ with English | theSundaily

'Balik kampung' with English

Posted on 10 November 2013 - 09:48pm

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BATU PAHAT (Nov 10, 2013):

A son of the soil returned home today with a gift – free community English classes – that will bear fruit for years to come.

Better Malaysia foundation (BMF) founder Tan Sri Vincent Tan, who spent his childhood in Kampung Sungai Suloh, said learning English would help students on the international arena.

"We shouldn't remain complacent and be like a 'katak di bawah tempurung' (frog beneath the coconut shell) or else, when you go overseas, you will need a translator.

"But if you know English, you can use it everywhere," the founder of Berjaya Corporation said during the launch of the programme here.

The event saw a large turnout from members of the community as well as some of his family members.

He also pointed out that English is the language of the internet and it will be impossible to translate all such the information into another language.

The programme, under Project 100, is conducted by science of life studies 24\7 (SOLS 24\7) and fully sponsored by BMF.

Tan has pledged RM12 million for Project 100 which will see the opening of 100 centres throughout the country. So far, 21 classes have been opened to teach 2,000 students.SOLS 24\7 chief executive Raj Ridvan Singh said classes are open to all, from primary school children to senior citizens, with all expected to be able to speak good English within six months.

"We operate on a six month programme with students able to speak good English between three and six months," said Raj Ridvan, who is affectionately known as "teacher Raj" by his students.

The classes cost an average of RM7,000 to RM9,000 a month with teachers coming from the ranks of volunteers, both foreign and local.

Classes here will be taught in free premises such as the Balai Raya in Kampung Sungai Suloh and classrooms at SJK(C) Yeong Chang.

Those interested can contact Raj Radvin at 012-639 8442 or Judy Tan at 018-201 7983 or any 7-11 branch nationwide for information on how to start the classes.

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Woman exec wins RM27 mil Toto jackpot | theSundaily

10 Nov 2013 
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Woman exec wins RM27 mil Toto jackpot

Posted on 10 November 2013 - 09:30pm
Last updated on 10 November 2013 - 10:16pm
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 10, 2013):

A thirty-something female executive from KL became one of the youngest Toto millionaires when she won Toto 4D Jackpot 1 of RM27 million.
Her winning pair of numbers "5757 & 1113" was part of a series of 4D numbers she had in mind whenever she felt like playing number games. Those numbers originated from her licences, car plates, dates of meaningful occasions as well as her own concoctions.
She found out her massive jackpot win from Sports Toto's website on the winning draw evening itself. Being a jackpot hopeful for no less than five years, she said she was dumbfounded."On the winning draw, I actually played System 10 instead of my usual System 6 without any particular reason. I guess that was a prompting from Lady Luck!", she said with a smile.
Playing Toto 4D Jackpot System 10 with 10 sets of 4D numbers, she managed to get 45 pairs of 4D numbers, in other words, 45 winning chances. As a result of playing System 10, she won an extra RM2,688 from 16 sets of the 3rd prize.
She said her new-found fortune would be more than enough to fulfill a long wish list which included her children's education needs as top of the list, followed by gifts for herself such as a sports car and branded accessories.
She said she would keep half of the fortune for retirement at the age of 45, among others.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Lee Kim Soon (AMWAY National Convention Malaysia) - his book BELIEVE

ECGMA says: 
I have not met the man. Only came to know about this man, Lee Kim Soon, when I was browsing books at Borders Bookstore. There on the shelf was his book, BELIEVE (creating infinite possibilities). Heck, I usually don't give a second look to book titles and authors as such BUT somehow I was 'drawn' to the book. Picked it up and flipped through the book. It only cost rm30 (30 ringgit) and I had a voucher of rm15 on hand. When I began reading the first few pages, I was compelled to want to read more so I bought the book yesterday which cost me rm15 since I used the rm15 voucher.
I then youtube'ed the man and found him. I must admit I enjoyed his speech. He never completed primary schooling and stopped education at standard 2 or primary 2. He spoke layman's broken Malay and English BUT his positive attitude to achieve success showed that if you have the will, if he can do it, anyone can too.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Down memory lane... Kuala Lumpur...

See if you can still remember some of these places.
The Bok House was an old mansion on Jalan Ampang built in 1926 and completed in 1929 for a local millionaire, Chua Cheng Bok. In the 1960s and up until its closure in 2001, the mansion housed an upscale restaurant called the Le Coq d'Or (The Golden Cockerel). Part of the original millionaires row, Bok House was probably one of the most visible yet least remembered relic of early KL.
You will never guess or recognise this 1966 road... Car is turning down towards Jalan Pudu from Jalan Bukit Bintang (next to former Pavilion cinema .. NOT present day Pavilion mall ). Tung Shing Hospital is down farther right after the row of shop houses. The popular pre 60s Kum Leng Chinese restaurant is on top left next to cluster of trees. Ongoing digging of roads were a common occurrence even back in the 60s.
Farther up from the Pudu area is Peel Road ( Jalan Peel ) - photo circa 1950s. This was the main trunk road leading out of KL to the Southern part of the country pre 70s before the Loke Yew Highway and Seremban Highway were constructed.
A very, very sad and unfortunate chapter of Malaysian history .. the May 13th 1969 racial riots. All Malaysians must unite to ensure this episode of our National history will never allow to happen again.
Photo shows the aftermath of the rampage at Campbell Road ( Jalan Dang Wangi ) before the left turning into Kampung Baru ( Jalan Raja Abdullah )
Newly completed Federal Highway with the EPF building still in the progress of being built at the junction with Jalan Gasing 1962.
Long before Ampang Park, Sungai Wang, BB Plaza or the newest Pavilion shopping malls .. the colonial " Prestigious " shopping places were Whileaway Laidlam, John Little's and Robinson's Dept Store located at Mountbatten Road ( Jalan Tun Perak ) which managed to stay in business till the 1970s ( photo ) with the top 2 floors being converted into a Chinese restaurant and night club.
A few MBS alumni worked at P&A dept of Tan Chong Motors, the sole agent / distributor of Datsun ( Nissan ) vehicles circa 1950s. Not a very popular Japanese vehicle brand then ... Now known as Edaran Tan Chong, its Head office / show room is still based at Jalan Ipoh since its founding from the early 50s
View from the steps leading up to MBS. Sultan Street Railway Station signage is clearly displayed on the roof of the station. Directly in front of the station is Foch Avenue.
Front facade of Sultan Street Railway Station circa 1950s. On the right next to the station was the infamous lane with the steps leading up to Wesley Methodist Church and MBS. Cheong Kee coffee shop ( a half way watering hole for the pre 1970s students ) was situated next to the lane. 
The Jalan Sultan railway station was archived at more than a century old as evidenced on the timeline date of this photo. There was no Jalan Pudu yet and China town area was probably serviced by bullock tracks . MBS was not located on Petaling Hill yet ( the present site ) and was sited in some shop houses around Kuala Lumpur Municipality.
1960s High Street - Jalan Tun HS Lee. On left is the main office of Eu Yan San, the long established Chinese Medical Hall.. still at the same site today. Farther down the road is the Bangkok Bank.
One of the last ( if not the last ) 1920s era, Yoke Woo Hin Restaurant is ( almost ) as old as Sultan Street. Serves old Cantonese tradition cuisine including the annual festive dumplings, moon cakes, dim sum and char siew low wanton meen daily from 5am till late afternoon. Popular and patronised by China town old timers but recently closed down.
Down the steps of MBS Wesley Methodist Church :
Petaling Street looking towards Foch Avenue ( Jalan Cheng Lock ) early 1950s. Building in front ( now 6 floors ) is Hakka Fui Chew Association. Present day Kota Raya Complex is next to it on the right.
Road on left is (was ) the very popular Cross Street, present Day Jalan Silang, with the Tai Tai ( Chinese rich ladies ) of the 50s - 70s era consisting of mainly Chinese gold smith shops. Some of the shops are still in business today, but facing competition from shopping malls and complex based gold smith shops.
Farther away from MBS : Bukit Bintang Park aka BB Park
This site used to be Hollywood Park way back in the 1930s. Back then, this part of town was considered the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. It was for precisely this reason that Pudu Prison (popularly called Pudu Jail) was built in 1895. Hollywood Park was later acquired by movie giants of the day, Shaw Brothers. It was upgraded to BB Park with a carnival-like setting: there were cabarets and dance halls, cinemas, stage shows, restaurants, game stalls and even a boxing ring!
BB Park's fortunes started to decline with the rising popularity of television and radio. It was closed in the early 1970s and redeveloped into Sungei Wang Plaza.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Tale of three women: 13 May 1969

Video first uploaded on July 1st, 2011.

The racial clash of 13th May 1969 continues to be known as dark time in our nation's past.
But confusion and mystery continues to surround the events that transpired on that day.

Three women of different backgrounds go down memory lane and share the thoughts,concerns and emotions they experienced on that unforgettable day.

Mrs Kanthamani Ramasamy was in Alor Setar, Kedah when the riots happened. Her two sons were studying in Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. As a full-time mother of ten children, her experience is based on the information she heard from her husband and children.

Mrs Lily Chinniah is a former teacher and actress who appeared in movies such as Esok Masih Ada directed by Jin Shamsuddin. She was seven months pregnant and living in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur with her three children when the racial clash occurred.

Dr Rohana Ariffin was the acting president of Parti Rakyat Malaysia at the time this video was made. She was a student in Universiti Malaya back in 1969. She moved from her room in Petaling Jaya to live in Kampung Baru with her family prior to the riots for fear of her own safety.

These three grandmothers also share their views on whether Malaysia has achieved greater unity.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Yap Ah Loy's Administration

Yap Ah Loy's Administration.
As Kapitan Cina, Yap Ah Loy had the powers of a typical Malay chief, including the power of life and death over his followers. He could make laws when deemed necessary, but he did not have the right to collect tax. 
He lived in good terms with the Malay communities and their leaders in and around Kuala Lumpur, of which the Dato' Dagang was the most important of the chiefs.
Late 1890s, prominent Towkays of Kuala Lumpur with Qing dynasty officials. Front row from right: Loke Chow Kit, Chan Sow Lian, Loke Yew and Yap Kwan Seng.
Group photograph taken in Kuala Lumpur in 1884.
Front row (L to R): Yap Ah Shak, unidentified, Dr Sinclair, Raja Laut, J.P. Rodger (British Resident Selangor), Yap Ah Loy, unidentified, Captain Syers (Police Chief, Selangor).
Yap Ah Loy probably administered through the leading Mine employers and clan or secret society headmen; usually the same individuals were both the employers and the headmen. Yap Ah Loy's right-hand man was Yap Ah Shak, who was now the head of the Hai San society in Selangor and the largest mine owner after Yap Ah Loy.
Yap Ah Loy acquired a reputation for thoroughness in the treatment of criminals and other troublemakers. He built a prison large enough to accommodate 60 people, and drew up detailed rules for punishing all offenders. These offenses were graded carefully, with maximum penalties for repeat offenders. For a first offense, a thief was paraded through the streets with the stolen good tied to his back and shoulders; for a second offense, an ear was cut off; and for a third he was executed. The execution was not performed by hanging or beheading, the offender was made to kneel with his hands tied behind his back, and a sword was plunged through his throat by the executioner. On the other hand, minor offenders were more usually locked up before their trial. The punishments seemed severe, but they had a good effect on discouraging crime.
Yap Ah Loy's strict policies proved to be successful. In the months following his appointment, thieving became unknown. It was said that "no man dared stoop to pick up even which he had dropped on the road." Pirates no longer raided the boats moving down the river and the loads of tin reached the river mouth safely.As a result, he effectively kept peace amongst 10,000 Chinese with only a token force of six police.
Both Yap Ah Loy and Yap Ah Shak sat as magistrates to in minor cases. It was said that they acted as magistrates and mediated disputes amongst the people at a corner of Yap Ah Loy's Chinese medicine shop, Chop Tuck Sang. Until 1878, serious cases were tried in Klang, but between 1878 and 1880, the Resident and a magistrate came to Kuala Lumpur monthly to hold the High Court and the Magistrates' Court.
The Composition of Yap Ah Loy's Administration
Secretary and Business Affairs Chew Yeok
Justice Administrator Yap Ah Shak
Legal Adviser Wong Tian Chan
Military & Defense Chung Piang & Hiu Fatt
Foreign Affairs Voon Siew
Domestic Affairs Kok Fan Kui
Custom, Taxation & Revenue Wong Chi
Transport & Logistics Chee Kuan Tin
English Translator Moi Fa Chong
Malay Translator Che Ache
Swettenham commented on Yap Ah Loy as follows:
"As the confidence of his countrymen in Capitan Ah Loy is great, if not implicit, so is his stake in the country superior to that of all others, and from this fact I conclude that the government may rely upon him to use his influence for law and order, and that his past loyalty and successful administration of the District entrusted to him would seem to entitle him to consideration and a careful hearing of his views on matters affecting the well-being of the Chinese population in general and in Kuala Lumpur in particular." 
Yap Ah Shak, successor to Yap Ah Loy. Kapitan Cina from 1885-1889
Chew Yeok, Yap Ah Loy's chief assistant and in-law.
Yap Ah Loy's biggest contribution to Kuala Lumpur was probably his success in establishing Kuala Lumpur as the centre for commerce in Selangor. This success was to eventually compel the Selangor Government to relocate the state capital from Klang to Kuala Lumpur. In time, Kuala Lumpur was to become the national capital for the newly independent nation of Malaysia in 1957.
Yap Ah Loy was not ahead of his times as a municipal administrator. In 1882, Swettenham and his colleagues described the streets of Kuala Lumpur as only 12 feet wide and were "all but impassable alleys. ..... The filth of the market  is indescribable, everything that rots or becomes putrid, all offal and refuse is thrown on to the ground or into ditches which surround the shed. ..... The refuse of the drains is simply removed therefrom and laid on the side of the road ..... small pox, cholera and fevers break out here very often." 
The Meeting of the first Selangor State Council.
(from the Selangor State Museum)
His fire precaution consisted of an order that every household keep a barrel full of water ready at all times. On 4 January 1881, the entire town was burnt down, with a loss estimated at $100,000 of which Yap Ah Loy's shouldered the largest share of it.
After the disastrous fire of 1881, Yap Ah Loy started a brickworks at the outskirts of town to rebuild town buildings in brick or adobe with tile roofs. The brickworks is now gone, but nevertheless had left its mark with the an outskirt of today's Kuala Lumpur known as Brickfields.
The first row of brick shop houses in Kuala Lumpur, on the edge of Market Square, built by Yap Ah Loy in 1884.
Yap Ah Loy's road construction in and around Kuala Lumpur were more exemplary. The main mining areas were linked up with the town, and streets were laid out in the town. Yap Ah Loy told Swettenham that $20,000 had been devoted to road works, in the more ambitious constructions, each mile of road was estimated to cost $1,500. In return for these projects, Yap Ah Loy was compensated with the permanent titles to the land he occupied in the centre of Kuala Lumpur.
Junction of Petaling Street and High Street.
The tracks to the mines are preserved to this day in the form of Jalan Ampang, Jalan Pudu, Jalan Petaling and etc. The modern passers-by who walk along these roads can be sure that they are following the footsteps of heavily laden porters who threaded these paths some 130 years ago. 
Yap Ah Loy also started a tapioca mill in Petaling Road with an imported 8 horsepower engine. This venture in which Sultan Abdul Samad had a $3,000 stake in the tapioca plantation, fell apart due to the fall in price of tapioca during 1880. The present Jalan Petaling (or Petaling Road as it was known then) has remained to this day been known to local Chinese as Chee Cheong Gai (or Tapioca Mill Road).
Yap Ah Loy also founded a refuge at which the sick could have food and shelter. It was maintained by a levy of $1 per pig slaughtered.
He took a big part in founding the first Chinese school in Kuala Lumpur and provided the school a schoolmaster until the Government brought in one from Singapore. The school was opened on Chinese New Year in 1884 in High Street. The Chinese towkays were known to take an active interest in the school, by visiting the school to test the pupils in reading and writing. 

Malaysian Road Names: Who's Who?

Malaysian Road Names: Who's Who?

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Tuesday, 18 June 2013 08:00
Filepic: lhakim-suarahati.blogspot.comFilepic: lhakim-suarahati.blogspot.comEVER drove down the streets in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) or in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and wondered who are all these streets named after? 
From Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, to Jalan Chow Kit, we sometimes barely acknowledge the origin of these road names or the contribution made by the individuals behind it, to have had their names 'carved in stone'.

As time pass by, the story behind these names turn vague and at the end of the day, it is just another street name.

However, we at Malaysian Digest will enlighten you and highlight some of the famous street names in Malaysia, particularly those in the Klang Valley area, and take you down memory lane on their history.

Starting off in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, who doesn't know Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (commonly referred to as Jalan TAR), Jalan Chow Kit, and Lorong Haji Taib? These names are known to be hotspots in the city center, and unlike the obvious Jalan TAR, that was named after the Supreme Head of State of the Federation of Malaya and is also well-known to be a must-go-to shopping spot, others' back stories are pretty vague.

Jalan Chow Kit

What is now one of the busier sub-district in central Kuala Lumpur, this road became the subject of a hit song 'Chow Kit Road', made famous by the late Sudirman.

Jalan Chow Kit was named after Loke Chow Kit who was a well-known miner municipal councilor, public official, and also the first local owner of a department store - Chow Kit & Co – which was the largest in KL at the time.

Known for it's wet market (Bazaar Baru Chow Kit) and night market, Chow Kit has become a tourist attraction, where tourist would come to experience the local ambience.

Lorong Haji Taib

Lorong Haji Taib was named after an Indonesian tradesman of Minangkabau heritage and originated from Sumatera known as Haji Mohamed Taib bin Haji Abdul Samad.

Hajib Taib migrated to Kuala Lumpur in 1876 and was known to have owned a tin mine factory, farmland, houses and shops located around the Kampung Baru district and through hard work and perseverance, he became one of the richest Malays of his time.

Having played a huge role in Kampung Baru's early development, Haji Taib also became a historical figure in the growth of Kuala Lumpur and was a close acquaintance of Sultan Abdul Samad.

Though his name has been preserved in one of the busiest trading areas of the city center, sadly, Lorong Haji Taib is also known to people as KL's 'red light' district, with many local and foreign prostitutes at night, alongside drug addicts and transvestites.

This is seen as distasteful as it doesn't reflect well on a street bearing the 'Haji' title.

However of late, the government has been hard at work trying to clean up the image of Lorong Haji Taib. The place has been revamped and fewer prostitutes are spotted lingering at night, although some still do lurk behind closed doors available to those who know where to find them.

Jalan Doraisamy

Jalan Doraisamy, which has been popularized as the Asian Heritage Row is home to some of the most sensational night clubs in KL.

It was originally named after R. Doraisamy Pilay.

Not much of Doraisamy's history was known, apart from him being a well-known tin miner, contractor, and was one of the donors who provided the establishment funds of Kuala Lumpur Methodist Boy's School (MBSKL).

However, Jalan Doraisamy has made headlines in recent years, the latest on a club shooting of two bouncers outside the Madurai Club sometime late August last year.

Jalan Loke Yew

Part of the bustling Cheras Highway and known for its high traffic volume and congestion, Jalan Loke Yew was named after Loke Yew who was a Chinese-born business entrepreneur.

Apart from being a famous businessman, he was also regarded as the richest man as well as a philanthropist in British Malaya.

Playing a significant role in the growth of Kuala Lumpur, Loke Yew was one of the founding fathers of one of KL's prestigious boy's school, Victoria Institution.

Due to his major contributions to society, Loke Yew did not only have his name preserved on Jalan Loke Yew, but it has also appeared in several towns in Malaysia and in Singapore, where Loke Yew Street was named after him.

Jalan Yap Kwan Seng

A firm believer in education and a co-founder of Victoria Institution, Yap Kwan Seng was the last Chinese Kapitan of Kuala Lumpur, as the position of kapitan was abolished after his death in 1902.

Apart from one of the major roads in the city's golden triangle named after him, Jalan Sin Chew Kee off Jalan Pudu, was also named in his honor after his tin mining business.

Jalan Yap Kwan Seng is now home to business executives during the day and a place for food lovers at night.

Apart from political figures who were traders, mining businessmen, some of the streets in the city center were named after British Colonies such as Chochrane, Peel, Travers, and Shelly, mainly located near the diplomatic district.

Who are these 'mat sallehs' on our street signs? Here are a few to be named.

Jalan Peel

Located off Jalan Chan Sow Lin in Kuala Lumpur, this road was named after the British Chief Secretary of the Federated Malay States and Governor of Hong Kong, Sir William Peel.

Other than his title and status, there has been no significant contribution made by him in Malaya.

Jalan Cochrane

Stretched not far from Jalan Peel and the home of many government quarters, Jalan Cochrane was named after the British General Advisor of Johor, Charles Walter Hamilton Cochrane, British Resident of Perak.

Jalan Travers

Named after Selangor State Surgeon in the 1890s, Dr Ernest Aston Otho Travers, Jalan Travers was previously named after the Damansara district or the Damansara River.

Dr Travers was the doctor who brought about reform in the care of leprosy patients and had recommended an asylum built for leprosy patients.

*(Leprosy is a chronic disease caused by a kind of bacteria.)

Moving to Taman Tun Dr Ismail, or fondly known as TTDI among KL-ites, it is located near the Damansara district, and its roads are named after public figures, such as Jalan Antinahapan, and Burhanuddin Helmi.

So who are these people again? Let's begin with the obvious and also one of TTDI's main roads, Jalan Athinahapan.

Jalan Athinahapan

Jalan Athinahapan was named after Tan Sri and Puan Sri Athi Nahappan, who happened to be of great significance behind the formation of MIC and had independently contributed much to the

He was an entirely self made man and had came to Penang with his father at the age of 9, without knowing a single word of Malay or English.

Athi Nahappan, who was then the deputy president of MIC, was appointed deputy minister of law by Tun Abdul Razak in 1974.

He was later appointed as the second cabinet minister representing MIC by Tun Hussein Onn in 1976, and was in charge of law and justice portfolios as the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department.

However, just two months after his appointment as full minister, Athi Nahappan died of a sudden heart attack.

Jalan Leong Yew Koh

Alongside Tun Tan Cheng Lock and Colonel H.S Lee, Tun Leong Yew Koh co-founded MCA on 27 February 1949 and was the first Secretary-General of MCA.

Tun Leong Yew Koh was awarded the first Yang Dipertua Negeri (Governor) of Melaka on 31 August 1957 until 30 August 1959, making history as the first Chinese to be appointed as a Governor in any Malaysian state.

He was appointed as Justice of Malaya three years before he died in 1963.

Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi

Named after a Malaysian politician Burhanuddin bin Muhammad Nur al-Hilmi, or commonly known as Burhanuddin al-Helmy, he was the President of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) from 1956 to 1969.

Burhanuddin set up the Malay Nationalist Party after World War 2, which advocated Malay rights and proposed a "political union" with Indonesia.

Under Burhanuddin's presidency, PAS was left-wing oriented, where he had supported trade unions and anti-colonialism.

In 1965, he was arrested under the Internal Security Act over plans to overthrow the Malaysian government and install an Indonesion-friendly environment, which interrupted his presidency for a year of imprisonment.

Did You Know?

Here are some brief info of some street names that were named after British figures but have since been localized.

Jalan Maharajalela, previously known as Birch Road

Jalan Maharajalela was renamed after Datuk Maharajalela, a local chief who was responsible for the assassination of the first Resident of Perak, James Wheeler Woodford Birch, or JWW Birch.

In a twist of irony, Birch Road was not named after the assassinated Birch, but was named in honor of the much popular Sir Ernest Woodford Birch, who was the eldest son of the former and one-time acting Resident of Selangor.

Jalan Hang Lekir, previously known as Cecil Street

Sir Cecil Clementi, was Governor of Hong Kong in the 1920s and Governor of the Straits Settlements and High Commissioner for the Malay States (1930 to 1934).

Jalan Hang Jebat, previously known as Davidson Road

Formerly named after James Guthrie Davidson (J.G. Davidson), the first British Resident in Selangor in 1875.

Hang Jebat, as in the case of Hang Lekir were two famous Malay warriors from the folklores of Melaka.

Jalan Tun H S Lee, High Street

Henry HS Lee was Malaysia's first finance minister from 1957 to 1959. It was previously known as "High Street", which spread across the old Kuala Lumpur.

Jalan Esfahan, previously known as Straits Road

Paved in 1993, it was one of the shortest roads in Kuala Lumpur. This road was named after an Iranian city, Isfahan. It was originally called the Straits Road, named after the Straits of Malacca or the Straits Settlements.

Jalan Esfahan is more of a linking alley than a proper road which connects Jalan TAR to Jalan Raja Laut.

Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman,  previously known as Batu Road

The previous name was given as it was said to be the first road made of "batu" (rock). Currently it is named after Tuanku Abdul Rahman, the first Yang di-Pertuan Agong.


Good ol’ charm of Jalan Chow Kit

Published: Friday April 5, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday April 26, 2013 MYT 12:59:03 AM

Good ol' charm of Jalan Chow Kit

Popular destination: Chow Kit rose to its zenith in the 1980s when people from all over Kuala Lumpur did their shopping there.
Popular destination: Chow Kit rose to its zenith in the 1980s when people from all over Kuala Lumpur did their shopping there.
Beginning today, StarMetro takes you on a walkabout to some of Kuala Lumpur and Malacca's historically-rich roads. Learn about the history and the people connected with these roads through this fortnightly feature.
A TABLE, a tree that offered shade, a pole to pull a canopy — that was all Mazri Mohd Isa needed to kickstart his nasi lemak stall in Jalan Chow Kit some 30 years ago.
"The road was not tarred and there were poultry running around. From that one table, our stall grew to its current size and more hawkers joined us," said the 55-year-old.
The area famous for both good and bad reasons was named after Penang-born tycoon and public official Loke Chow Kit, who got involved in many business undertakings ranging from revenue farming to tin-mining, shipping and gambling.
He was once the general manager of the Kuala Lumpur-Klang railway concession, the involving in the Selangor, Pahang and Negri Sembilan farms. He also owned opium and gambling dens.
The firm he set up with his brother eventually grew into one of the biggest in Kuala Lumpur.
"Apa-apa pun ada (It has everything)" was how Mazri described Chow Kit.
"It was regarded as the city centre in the 1980s; when you were in Chow Kit you would bump into people from various states.
"People came here to do business, others came here to buy all the things they needed," he said.
"Of course, Chow Kit was always seen as a place of vices where drug pushers and prostitutes gathered but that has changed a lot now, probably because they have grown old or they cannot make money here anymore," he added.
Serious efforts have been in place in the past few years to clean the place up and were yielding positive results.
The dwindling group of drug addicts and transvestites retreat to the back lanes; the main streets of Chow Kit remain colourful especially with the good mix of races and nationalities trading and living here.
There are wet, dry and night markets selling a myriad of goods in the area once called Mini Jakarta; there are also shops that have stood the test of time selling watches, gold and medicine while "bundle" (second-hand clothing) and apparel wholesale continue to please the crowd.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall's RM200mil upgrade of the Raja Bot market is a dose of modernity anticipated by the hundreds of traders.
Entering the area, one will find that Jalan Chow Kit is much smaller and quieter than the adjacent Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.
In fact, Jalan Chow Kit had "shrunk" as part of it became Jalan Putra when Putra World Trade Centre was built in the mid 1980s.
Some locals said the former was used to refer to the entire area because its food centre was very popular.
"P. Ramlee played mahjong with his friends here and Sudirman loved hanging out here.
"Ramly Burger also originated from Chow Kit (Datuk Ramly Mokni's burger stall was in Jalan Haji Hussein off Jalan Chow Kit)," said Mazri, who was still proud that he was among the 100,000-strong audience of the Sudirman concert in Chow Kit in 1986.
He enthused that he was also close to the owner of the traditional Malay house across the street — house No: 41 that was built in 1926 but is now vacant when the third-generation heir Normah Majawali moved to Putrajaya with her children.
Normah is believed to be the descendant of Sunta Puasa, one of the wealthiest tin mining bosses in Kuala Lumpur who was a close associate to Kuala Lumpur Kapitan Yap Ah Loy. According to records, Sunta Puasa was the head of the Mandahiling community originating from the elites in Sumatera, Indonesia who migrated to Malaya in droves in the 19th century.
Chow Kit was among the areas the Mandahiling community first settled.
The wooden house No:41 tucked in between multi-storey shop lots is a precious display of the Mandahiling and Perak architectural features.
"Sadly, thieves sneaked into the house to steal the antiques.
"The building needs to be protected and preserved.
"Anyway, you see the jambu (rose apple) tree in front of the house?
"It has never stopped bearing fruits all these years!" Mazri said.
Fruit seller Low Teong Hock, 60, said Chow Kit rose to its zenith in the 1980s when people from all over Kuala Lumpur shopped at the Hankyu Jaya and Batu Road supermarkets (now Plaza TAR and Neohotel respectively) before other malls were built.
He added that two cinemas namely Federal and Jing Wah also made Chow Kit a hot hangout.
"Back then, I would not have the time to talk to you like this, business was so good that I had to work from 9am to 9pm," he said.
Music store proprietor Sam Kim Seng, 46, and his relatives were among those lured by Chow Kit's business prospects 16 years ago.
He said business had dropped following demographic changes but the traffic was congested as ever.
"They called Chow Kit the red light district but I think that's more of a preconceived impression.
"My children grew up here but they are fine, it is all psychological.
"Even though my business is not as good as before but I am happy that Chow Kit is still progressing with its old charm retained.
"Petty crimes have also been reduced, so people should not feel intimidated coming to Chow Kit anymore," he added.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Accident: superbiker crash

This accident happened right before my eyes. Bikers never bloody learn any lessons the danger of speeding especially riding a super or monster bike!
Vehicles in front on me were held back due to an earlier car accident. These bloody bikers werencoming round the bend at high speeds that the leader of the pack's judgment was skewered he was not able to tell vehicles were not moving and by the time the fool realised it he zoomed passed my car and couldn't negotiate anymore and crash into the back of a car which was 2 cars in front of me. Bang! Biker flew into the air and came splattering/crashing down to the ground. He didn't move. By that time the rest of the bikers managed to stop in time and cane to the victim's aid. Police who was attending to the earlier accident came to direct us and be on our way. I hope he is alive and God speed but to all bikers, don't be a bloody (as in blood all over) fool speeding recklessly on highways. I know of a friend, mid30s, loves bikes, had a super monster bike, rode up genting highlands, lost control negotiating the bends and was killed.
You fools may not value your own lives but be considerate of the lives of others. Go kill yourselves but don't take innoncent lives with you!