Sunday, 18 November 2012

Down Memory Lanes - Part 2

 Let me bring you to the next part of our memory lanes back then at the 1900s.

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 recognize this road back then at 1966. 

The car is turning down towards Jalan Pudu from Jalan Bukit Bintang (next to former Pavilion cinema, not the present day Pavilion mall ). Tung Shing Hospital is down further 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.

Further up from the Pudu area is Peel Road (Jalan Peel).

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.

Here, 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.

Next up, the then Robinson's Dept Store located at Mountbatten Road, the current Jalan Tun Perak.
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. They managed to stay in business till the 1970s with the top 2 floors being converted into a Chinese restaurant and night club.

Tan Choong Motors, the sole agent / distributor of Datsun ( Nissan ) vehicles circa 1950s.
Now known as Edaran Tan Choong, 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.

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 . Back then, 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. Further 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. Still popular and patronised by China town old timers.

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.

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.

Hope you have an enjoyable time looking back at these unforgettable memories.

Cheers and have a nice day. 

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Down the Memory Lanes - Part 1

Walking down some of the memory lanes of Kuala Lumpur. Probably this might bring you back then when you are still a teenager, when you are dating with the girl that you like, when you are having a cup of tea at some old timer coffee shop back then.

 1880s - Bukit Nanas

 1880s - Lebuh Ampang

 1899 - Cycle and Carriage at Kuala Lumpur

 1900s - Victoria Institution

 1909 - Masjid Jamek

 1950 - Bukit Bintang

 1950s - Cathay Cineplex

 1950s - Majestic Theater at Jalan Pudu

 1959 - Citibank at Medan Pasar, Kuala Lumpur

 1960s - Downtown. The ESSO then is the PETRON now.

1960s - Stadium Merdeka

 1970s - Jalan Tun Perak

 Ampang Park

 Bukit Aman

 Shell station at Pudu Road

 Sg Besi Airport

 1895s - Selangor Turf Club

1926 - Jalan Tun Perak during it's flooding season

Have a nice weekend


Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhari‏'s Empire

Got an email from my friend that states down Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhari's Empire. Let's have a good read.

Saya nak makan nasi lemak, beras dibeli dari siapa?! BERNAS!!
BERNAS milik siapa?! Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhari!!

Makan nasi lemak, takkan tanpa minuman, so order kopi o! Air buat kopi, jika tinggal di Johor beli dari Aliran Ihsas Resources, milik siapa? Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhari!
Minum kopi mesti campur gula! Gula di Malaysia, dua pengeluar sahaja MSM & MSR, MSM milik felda, 20% saham dimiliki Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar; MSR milik TanSri Syed Mokhtar sepenuhnya!

OK, cakap banyak sekarang nasi sudah sejuk, mahu panaskan! Guna gas stove, Gas Malaysia milik siapa? Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhari!

Guna microwave oven, elektrik, TNB beli elektrik dari siapa? IPP! IPP terbesar di Malaysia Malakoff, milik siapa?! Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhari!!

Sekarang tak nak makan nasi, pergi McD sahaja la... naik motor! Motor Kriss, keluaran MODENAS! Modenas milik siapa?! Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhari!!

Tak nak naik motor, naik kereta! Kereta apa? Proton! Proton milik DRB HICOM! DRB HICOM milik siapa?! Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhari!!

Tak nak beli Proton la.. Beli Honda saja... Honda Malaysia milik siapa? Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhari!

Beli kereta nak buat pinjaman perbankan islam, pergi Bank Muamalat! Bank Muamalat milik siapa?! Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhari!

Kereta kena ada insurans coverage! Insurance beli dari siapa? Uni Asia Insurance! Uni Asia milik siapa?! Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhari!!

Nak ambil road tax, kena pergi PUSPAKOM! Puspakom milik siapa? Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhari!!

Ok la tak nak naik kereta! Naik keretapi lagi senang! Landasan keretapi siapa buat?! MMC! MMC milik siapa?! Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhari! Sekarang, dia pun nak ambil alih KTMB!!

Ok tak nak guna keretapi ambil kapal terbang saja la... nak pergi Johor! Senai Airport milik siapa? Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhari!

Tak nak ambil keretapi, kapal terbang, naik kapal laut sahaja la... Pergi Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas! Tanjung Pelepas Port milik siapa?! Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhari!
Tak nak pergi Tanjung Pelepas, pergi Johor Port! Johor Port milik siapa? MMC! MMC milik siapa?! Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhari!!

Ok la... orang iKL, naik MRT sahaja la... (apabila siapa)
Projek MRT, siapa kontraktor terbesar?! MMC! MMC milik siapa?! Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhari!!

Macam ni la... tak nak keluar rumah langsung! Duduk rumah, hantar surat sahaja! Apabila nak hantar surat, kena lekat setem! Apabila kita lekat setem sahaja, kita sudah bayar Tan Sri SyedMokhtar Al Bukhari, kerana POS Malaysia pun sudah diswastakan!!

Jom, so did Tan Sri Syed Mokthar Al Bukari's left anything behind? Maybe you can list them down for him to buy..