Kuala Lumpur

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A2-2, KL Industrial Park, Batu 5, Jalan Klang Lama, 58200, Kuala Lumpur

+6 03-2272 2911

No.7, Jalan Tun H. S. Lee (Jalan Bandar), 50000 Kuala Lumpur

+6 03-2070 1914

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303, Jalan Ampang, Desa Pahlawan, 55000

+6 03-4259 8090

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Towers Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur

+603 2615 8188

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  • HISTORY

    Headquarters of the F.M.S. Railways at Kuala Lumpur

    The founding of KL, the national capital and Malaysia’s largest city, was almost an accident. In 1857, 87 Chinese prospectors in search of tin set up camp at the meeting point of the Klang and Gombak rivers, naming the spot Kuala Lumpur, meaning ‘muddy confluence’. Within a month all but 17 of the prospectors had died of malaria and other tropical diseases. But the tin they discovered attracted more miners and KL quickly became a mining boomtown.

    From 1867 to 1874, the Chinese tin miners were involved in a war fought between Klang warlord Raja Abdullah Raja Jaafar and the disinherited Raja Mahadi Raja Sulaiman. The Chinese split into two camps with the Hai San group and the Ghee Hin group each taking opposing sides with Selangor’s warring Malay aristocrats.

    Yap Ah Loy was appointed Kapitan Cina of Kuala Lumpur in 1868. Yap was the third leader to be appointed ‘Captain of the Chinese’ by the Selangor Sultan but he was the most successful, with legend pointing to his ability to keep the new settlement at peace with just 6 policemen. In those early years, KL was very much a ‘Chinatown’ and Yap as Kapitan China from 1868 to 1885 is credited by historians as the founding father of early KL.

    In 1880, the state capital of Selangor was moved to the now strategic KL from Klang. By this date, Selangor had come under British administration where a colonial officer holding the title ‘Resident’ served as advisor to the sultan. One notable Selangor Resident was Sir Frank Swettenham who wrote the influential British Malaya; an account of the origin and progress of British influence in Malaya; and compiled A Dictionary of the Malay Language together with co-lexicographer Hugh Clifford. He gave his name to Port Swettenham which today has been renamed as Port Klang.

    A huge fire which consumed much of the town in 1881 provided Swettenham the opportunity to build a more fire-resistant brick capital. Some of the handsome British colonial-Chinese buildings of this period of the town’s early development are still in use today.

    In 1896, the now important town was made the capital of the newly formed Federated Malay States comprising Selangor, Perak, Negeri Sembilan and Pahang. The British colonial administration had grouped the four centrally located states of the Malay peninsula under the FMS umbrella just one year previously in 1895.

    A general views Malaysia National Monument also known as Tugu Negara in Kuala Lumpur

    Japanese troops advancing up High Street in 1941 in Kuala Lumpur

    The British maintained control over Malaya until the 2nd world war when Japanese forces invaded the country in the north on 8 December 1941. Japanese occupation of Malaya and Singapore ended in 1945 following Emperor Hirohito’s radio address to his people in August of that year announcing the acceptance of the Allied terms for ending the war. After the Japanese surrender, the British Military Administration returned to Kuala Lumpur.

    On 1 April 1946, the British officially declared the establishment of the Malayan Union in King’s House in KL (now known as Carcosa Seri Negara).

    During the period of the Malayan Emergency, when the colonial government of Malaya was fighting against the Communist insurgency, New Villages were established on the outskirts of the city in the 1950s to control covert support for the guerrillas.

    Klang(Kelang) river and Mosque Jamek among modern buildings in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    The most prominent of these were Jinjang New Village in Kepong to the north of Kuala Lumpur and Gombak. Today these are flourishing suburbs of the city’s extended boundaries. As people were moved from regions such as Ulu Klang and Lower Ampang into these new villages, the policy also had the effect of increasing the population of Kuala Lumpur.

    Sultan Abdul Samad Building in Kuala Lumpur

    In 1957 when the country gained independence and was known as Malaya. Kuala Lumpur became the national capital. On 1st February 1972, KL was officially conferred city status. In 1974, the sultan of Selangor ceded KL to the central government to become the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur while the township of Shah Alam was made the new Selangor state capital in 1978 displacing KL.

    In 1999, Putrajaya was made the administrative capital of Malaysia. Many government offices moved to the purpose-built Putrajaya but Parliament has remained in KL, and the city remains the national capital, and political and socio-economic powerhouse of the nation.

    Two events in the recent past have marred the development of Kuala Lumpur. With the British defeat by the Japanese in Southeast Asia during the 2nd world war when Malaya was a British colony, the city was taken over by the Japanese military from 11 January 1942 to 15 August 1945.

    The period, called “3 years and 8 months” brought much suffering to the town’s inhabitants as well as resulted in a significant loss of innocent lives. It is estimated that at least 5,000 Chinese were killed in Kuala Lumpur in just a few weeks of the occupation by Japanese forces, and thousands of Indians were sent as forced labour to work on the Burma Railway where a large number died.

    After the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, the commander of the 29th Army, Lieutenant-General Ishiguro surrendered to the British army on 13 September 1945.

    Another ceremony was held on 22 February 1946 in Kuala Lumpur for the formal surrender by the commander in chief of the Japanese Seventh Area Army in Singapore and Malaysia, Seishirō Itagaki, to the British administration.

    The second event which has marred the city’s development was the country’s worst racial riots. Known as the May 1969 incident, the riots which resulted in burnings, looting and violence and left several hundreds dead had its epicenter in Kuala Lumpur.

    The official narrative on May 69 has been challenged by many quarters and this tragic watershed in the country’s history still awaits closure as references continue to be made to it by groups attempting to justify the killings and racial hubris associated with it.

  • SOCIAL AND CULTURAL

    Residents of the city are popularly known as ‘KL-ites’. Even those not strictly residing within the boundaries of KL proper are nonetheless regarded as KL-ites because the urban agglomeration covering the Klang Valley is informally the territory of ’Greater Kuala Lumpur’.

    Greater Kuala Lumpur is a metropolitan sprawl of over 8 million people. Kuala Lumpur in earlier times was a predominantly Chinese town. Today it is a polyglot city with a Malay majority but even locals may be surprised to learn that 13.4 percent of KL residents today are foreign (non Malaysians).

    They comprise low skilled workers of various nationalities from neighbouring and Asian countries. There are also enterprising Africans and expats who include Europeans, Americans, Arabs, Middle and Central Asia citizens, Koreans, and Chinese from the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan making it one of the most culturally diverse cities in Asia.

    A significant number of illegal immigrants also live and work in KL, but it is unsure whether even the authorities can pin down the exact figures.

    The majority of Klang Valley Chinese are Cantonese – the dialect which serves as the community’s lingua franca. Mandarin is also widely spoken. Meanwhile Tamil is dominant among the KL Indian population. Many KLites converse in English and Malay is the most common language in use in the public sector.

  • ECONOMY AND BUSINESS

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    Farm Name: Cattle Queen Ranch

    Type of Business: Agriculture (livestock) and Agro Tourism

    Address: Cattle Queen Ranch, Batu 14, Jalan Mersing, 86000, Kluang, Johor.

    Telephone: +6 012-757 6080 (Cattle Queen Ranch)

    Email: cattlequeenranch@gmail.com

    Website: https://www.cq-ranch.com


    As the capital of the nation, KL’s economic catchments encompass the entire country. Activities in the city, its infrastructure and buildings, its parks and monuments, its spectrum of social, spiritual, recreational and entertainment facilities, and the concentration of governmental and nongovernmental institutions, are clear manifestations of the city’s central role in the life of the country.

    At the same time the relocation of federal government administrative functions to Putrajaya has not adversely affected KL’s role as the economic and business centre of the country.

    Today Kuala Lumpur and its conurbation form a region that is the most industrialised and economically the fastest growing in the country. The development of the KLIA at Sepang, the creation of the MSC, which includes Putrajaya and Cyberjaya, and the expansion of Port Klang have reinforced the national and international economic importance of the city and has made it a competitor with cities such as Singapore, Bangkok, Manila and Hong Kong for international business in the Asian region

    For visitors, greater KL is well connected by roads and tolled highways. Public transport in the Klang Valley has a modern and extensive network — Light Metro (LRT), Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), monorail, commuter rail (KTM Komuter) and Express Rail Link (ERL) which links to the airport.

    Malaysia’s main airport is the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at Sepang. KLIA2 is the secondary terminal catering for low-cost carrier flights flown by Air Asia. An older airport is the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang for chartered and turboprop flights by airlines such as Firefly and Malindo Air.

    The transport hub is located in the heart of the city at KL Sentral. From here the LRT interchanges spoke out with the KTM trains travelling to Singapore in the south, and Hat Yai, Thailand in the north. Taxis and e-hailing service car rides are widely available.

    Kuala Lumpur is known for its global islamic financing activities – the world’s largest Islamic bank, Al-Rajhi Bank and Kuwait Finance House have operations here.

  • KOPITIAM AND EATERIES

    Crack Pork

    63-G, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

    +6 03-7731 9596 


    Simply Hakka

    43A, Jalan SS 24/8, Taman Megah, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

    +6 012-372 2602


    Village Park Nasi Lemak

    5, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

    +6 03-7710 7860


    Foong Foong Yong Tau Fu

    621, Jalan Merdeka, Kampung Baru Ampang, 68000 Ampang, Selangor

    +6 012-209 5529


    Hon Kee Porridge

    93, Jalan Hang Lekir, City Centre, 50000

    +6 016-666 0603


    Sri Nirwana Maju Banana Leaf

    43, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, 59100

    +6 03-2287 8445


    Kin Kin Chili Pan Mee

    40, Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman, Kampung Baru, 50300

    +6 010-220 4322


    May King Lam Mee

    38, Jalan Yew, Pudu, 55100

    +6 03-9222 3740


    Kim Lian Kee

    Cheras Mall, No 693, Batu, 5, Jalan Cheras, Taman Mutiara Barat, 56000

    +6 03-8730 8622


    Valentine Roti Canai Stor

    No. 1, Jalan Semarak Opposite Menara Celcom, 54000

    +6 014-966 1844


    Brickfields Pisang Goreng

    21, 19, Jalan Thambipillay, Brickfields, 50470

    +6 012-617 2511


    Mun Dong Kee Coffee Shop

    30, Jalan SS 2/63, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

    +6 03-7865 6617


    Uncle Rani Chicken Farm

    Lot 1280, Lorong Dato Abu Bakar, Kampung Gombak Batu 20, Kuang, Selangor +6 016 227 7011 / +6 016 410 0856


    Tong Kee Egg Tart

    No.6, Jalan BS 9/10, Taman Perindustrian BS9, Bukit Serdang, Seksyen 9, 43300, Seri Kembangan, Selangor

    +6 03 – 8959 2923


    Yut Kee (1928) Restaurant

    1, Jalan Kamunting, Off Jalan Dang Wangi, 50100 Kuala Lumpur

    +6 03- 2698 8108


    Kedai Kopi Lai Foong

    138, Jalan Tun HS Lee, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

    +6 03- 2072 8123


    Capital Cafe

    Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, 50100 Kuala Lumpur

    +6 012- 358 5736


    Restoran Sin Hiap Kee

    32, Lorong Brunei Selatan, Off Jalan Lengkongan, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

    +6 03- 2148 9557


    Restoran Sek Yuen

    313- 315 Jalan Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur +6 03- 9222 9457


    Restoran Double One

    89, Jalan 3/62A, Jalan Manjalara, 52200 Kepong, Kuala Lumpur

    +6 012- 358 5736


    Kedai Kopi Wah Chue

    Jalan Ayer Lombong, Ayer Panas, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur +6 012- 351 1067


    Restoran Woh

    1-G Jalan Cempaka, SD 12/2, 52200 Seri Damansara, Kuala Lumpur

    +6 012-396 6690


    Restoran Kam Fatt

    No. 37 Tengkat Tong Shin, 50200 Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

    +6 03-2148 3105


    Thong Kee Cafe

    No.17 & 19 , Jalan Pandan Indah 1/23E, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

    +6 03- 7496 6847


    Kedai Makanan & Minuman PMK

    No.43 Jalan Kancil, Off Jalan Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

    +6 03-2141 9714


    Ming Tien Food Court

    Lot 10991, SS 24/8 Taman Megah, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

    +6 03- 7806 4991


    Next Station

    58, Jalan 19/3, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

    +6 019-263 5598


    Kedai Kopi Khoong

    50 Jalan 21/19, Sea Park, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

    +6 012- 202 3849

  • SHOPPING

    • Bukit Bintang shopping district has the highest concentration of shopping malls, notably the six-star Pavilion
    • Suria KLCC mall at the foot of the Petronas Twin Towers
    • Mid Valley Megamall which stands out for the Hindu temple located within its precinct
    • Publika mall in upmarket Solaris Dutamas is known for its Arts & Crafts programmes
    • Central Market for traditional arts & crafts, souvenirs and a variety of knick-knacks

    For highbrow patrons of the performing arts, there is the Petronas Philharmonic Hall whose resident orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), comprise an international cast of musicians who play regular concerts.

    • Golden Triangle of trendy nightclubs, bars and small hotels at Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Ampang Road (the three roads forming a ‘triangle’)
    • Chinatown at Petaling Street is always crowded with hawkers, gawkers and is also a haven for foodies with the many eateries around it.

     


    Great Eastern Shopping Centre

    303, Jalan Ampang, Desa Pahlawan, 55000

    +6 03-4259 8090


    Bangsar Shopping Centre Bangsar Village & Bangsar Village II

    T117A, 285, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, 59000 03-2094 7700 1, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur,

    +6 03-2282 1808


    NU Sentral

    201, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, 50470

    +603-2859 7177


    Berjaya Times Square

    Bukit Bintang Plaza, 1 Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur

    +6 1 300 888 988


    Imbi Plaza

    Jalan Imbi, Bukit Bintang, 55100

    +6012-408 4899


    Fahrenheit 88

    179, Jalan Gading, Bukit Bintang, 55100

    +603-2148 5488


    Kenanga Wholesale City

    No.2, Jalan Gelugor, 55200 Kuala Lumpur

    +603 9224 1998


    Lot 10

    50, Bukit Bintang Street, Bukit Bintang, 55100

    +603-2141 0500


    Plaza Low Yat

    7, Jalan Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100

    +6 03-2148 3651


    Pavilion

    Kuala Lumpur 168, Bukit Bintang Street, Bukit Bintang, 55100

    +603-2118 8833

  • TOURIST ATTRACTIONS AND PLACES

    Central Market

    Tourism contributes significantly to the capital’s economy. Kuala Lumpur was the 5th most visited city in the world in 2008, with 9 million visitors. The tourism industry requires a very wide range of services and facilities which provides employment to all sectors of the population and has helped to promote and diversify the local economy.

    Merdeka Stadium is where the first Prime Minister of Malaya Tunku Abdul Rahman read out the proclamation of Independence.

    The iconic building of Parliament House was completed in 1963, the year Malaya expanded to become Malaysia with the addition of the two Bornean states Sabah and Sarawak. Its image can be seen on Malaysian old coins.

    Sultan Abdul Samad building which is more than a century old used to house the British colonial government offices and features a Moorish architectural style. Also named for Sultan Abdul Samad is the historical Jamek Mosque.

    Another distinctive building design is the National Museum with its outdoor frieze depicting scenes from Malaysian history. A newer tourist attraction is the Islamic Arts Museum.

    Modern-day skyscrapers with Islamic and non-Islamic geometric motifs include Telekom Tower, Maybank Tower, Dayabumi Complex, and the Islamic Centre.

    A famous KL landmark which visitors flock to is the Petronas Twin Towers that was once the world’s tallest building, holding this distinction from 1998 to 2004.

    Another is the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) with its attached 50-acre park.
    Nearby the separate Lake Gardens botanical and recreational park is the imposing Carcosa Seri Negara, once the official residence of the foremost colonial British administrators.

    • Brickfields, dubbed Little India is home to many local Indians and a growing Indian expatriate community, It is also home to a number of temples, churches and the picturesque Orthodox Syrian Cathedral of St. Mary the Theotokos.
    • Merdeka Square
    • National Monument
    • KL Bird Park. Possibly the best bird park in the region, this gated attraction of 21 acres is a popular tourist attraction receiving an annual average of 200,000 visitors.
    • Aquaria KLCC
    • National Art Gallery
    • Istana Budaya (National Theatre)

    Some annual events in KL: The Kuala Lumpur Tower Run, International Gourmet Festival, Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week

    KL is World Book Capital city for the year 2020. The year before (2019) World Book Capital was a city in Qatar while next year (2021), it will be hosted by a city in the Republic of Georgia. Described as having a one of a kind book selection and a hidden gem for book lovers, Gerakbudaya in Petaling Jaya is a short hop away from KL.

     


    Petronas Twin

    Towers Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur

    +603 2615 8188


    Batu Caves

    Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor

    +603 6189 6284


    Menara Kuala Lumpur

    No. 2 Jalan Punchak Off, Jalan P Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur

    +603 2020 5444


    Bukit Bintang City Centre

    2, Jalan Hang Tuah, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

    +603 2117 2255


    Petaling Street Market

    Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

    +603-2032 5988


    Central Market Kuala Lumpur

    Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur

    +6 1300-22-8688


    National Mosque of Malaysia

    Jalan Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

    +603 2693 7905


    Kuala Lumpur City Centre

    Lot No. 241, Level 2, Suria KLCC

    +603-23822828


    Taman Burung Kuala Lumpur

    KL Bird Park, 920, Jalan Cenderawasih, Perdana Botanical Gardens, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

    +603-2272 1010


    Sultan Abdul Samad Building

    Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50050

    +603-55447000

  • PERSONALITIES AND CELEBRITIES

    PROMINENT HOMETOWN FIGURES

    Alberto Gomes (Kuala Lumpur) Academician
    Ahmad Boestaman Nationalist
    Tony Fernandes Businessman
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    Alex Yong Racing Driver
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    Sheila Majid Singer
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    Soo Wincci Entertainment Artist
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    Tony Fernandes Businessman
    Ananda Krishnan Businessman
    Francis Yeoh Businessman
    Pua Khein-Seng (Sekinchan) Inventor
    Jazz Tan Yee Mei Social Activist
    Kuan Kam Hon Businessman
    Lee Shin Cheng Businessman And Philanthropist
    Yeoh Tiong Lay Businessman
    Noor Hisham Abdullah Civil Servant
    Mokhtar Dahari Footballer
    Julian Yee Skating
    Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli (Selangor) Paralympic Athlete
    Mohd Sham Mohd Sani Geographer
    Lim Boo LIat Zoologist
    Ismail Mohd Ali (Klang) Civil Servant
    Mohd Taib Osman (Singapore) Academician
    Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Astronaut
    Misbun Sidek (Banting) Badminton
    Tiara Jacquelina Actress
    Raja Petra Kamarudin (Surrey) Blogger
    Shad Saleem Faruki (New Delhi) Academician
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    Teh Hong Piow (Singapore) Business Tycoon
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    Lim Kok Than Business Tycoon
    Kua Kam Hon Business Tycoon
    Abdul Kadier Sahib Business Tycoon
    Ong Tee Keat Politician
    Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (Singapore) Politician
    Siti Zainon Ismail Writer
    Michael Yeoh (Kajang) Community Leader
    Ramon Navaratnam Civil Servant
    Kamal Salih Economist
    Maria Chin Abdullah (UK) Activist
    Param Cumarasamy Lawyer
    M. Magendran Mountaineer
    Azman Hashim Banker
    Mohamad Nasir Mohamed (Singapore) Entertainer
    Tommy Thomas Judiciary
    KJ Ratnam Academician
    B.C. Shekhar (Sungei Buloh) Civil Servant
    S.A.Ganapathy (Tamil Nadu) Nationalist
    R. Arumugam (Klang) Footballer
    Azmi Sharom (Singapore) Activist
    Janaky Athi Nahappan Nationalist
    Loke Wan Tho Business Tycoon and Ornithologist
    Loke Yew
    Pioneer Businessman and Community Leader
    K. Thamboosamy Pillay
    Businessman and Community Leader
    Kington Loo Architect
    Yap Kwan Seng
    Pioneer Businessman and Community Leader
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