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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Jalan Tun Perak

Jalan Tun Perak was previously known as Mountbatten Road. It starts at the end of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and continues to join Jalan Pudu. It is said that in the early days of KL the road was Java Street.

PH Hendry, royal jewellers have moved here to Jalan Tun Perak from Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

CIMB Bank Building.

This was the site of Robinson's & Co, a popular department store at that time. The original building was built just after the 2nd World War and was reinforced to withstand bomb attacks. So you can imagine the difficulty the contractor had in demolishing the building before the present structure was built for the United Asian Bank (UAB). Due to bank mergers and name changes, UAB became Bank of Commerce, then Bumipurta Commerce Bank and now CIMB Bank.

Ubaidullah & Co. and the Ubaidi Foundation.

Tan Sri SOK Ubaidullah passed away in January 2009 after a prolonged illness. I used to study Quran recitation with the late Tan Sri's sons at Masjid India in the early 1970's.

In the days when travel by ship was the preferred means of getting between India and Malaysia, Ubaidullah & Co. was the place to book your passage. Ship travel ceased when the vessel
Chidambram was damaged in a fire.

The OCBC Bank building has been rebuilt with the pre-war building look.

Entrance to the Masjid Jamek Bandaraya.

Gian Singh's, a popular and famous tailor used to be located here.

This was Krishna Silk Stores, then a Sai Baba center and now occupied by my namesake.

It's a good thing that they did not demolish the building facade, otherwise it would be character-less as can be witnessed from the section that is protruding above the original building.

Even if some of the old buildings appear to be poorly maintained, there is no denying that they exude character.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

hi..i think it is really a good effort of u putting all the little pieces of kl streets together. it is all these forgotten streets that make kl such a rich urban emblem.