Let’s take a look at Jalan Sultan Kuala Lumpur and its many interesting places: Strangely, before the land aquisition for MRT project in Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur, not many KL folks bother or talk much about this part of Petaling Street or Kuala Lumpur Chinatown. Every body is more interested in Petaling Street Chinatown, before some of the old buildings on Jalan Sultan were earmarked for the Kuala Lumpur MY Rapid Transit (MRT) project.
There is not many articles about Jalan Sultan Kuala Lumpur from The Star or the concern from the public, before the issue of Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit(KVMRT) land acquisition and having to demolish buildings at Jalan Sultan.
These days, almost every other people has so much to say the good things about this neglected and dilapidated part of Kuala Lumpur. Now almost every one is talking about importance of preserving Jalan Sultan heritage, beautiful architecture, future generations, Chinese history, Yong Bee Coffee Shop, Lok Ann, Yan Keng Benevolent Dramatic Association, etc.
Suddenly, The Star papers shows so much concern and has also joined in the bandwagon to protect and preserve those old pre-war buildings along Jalan Sultan. It even started ‘Preserve Our Heritage’ Campaign; daily featuring articles and pictures of the once neglected part of the surrounding areas of Petaling Street. Or what the Star says, “helping society remember the past.”
We all should thank The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) for wanting to acquire that part of Kuala Lumpur Chinatown and tearing down some of the century-old buildings. If not, no one even bother take a second look at Jalan Sultan area.
The Star goes all out to in its so-called heritage preservation by geting 50 artists to do a mural painting on the badly weathered wall an old building at the junction of Jalan Sultan and Jalan Hang Jebat. The vacant lot used to be Chik Sin Thong funeral parlor and Hong Tou Guesthouse.
These two building were left abandon and drug addicts used to haunt these two vacant lots to get their daily fix and slept there. These two abandoned buildings were demolished after a fire broke out in the funeral parlor, caused by those junkies.
According to The Star, it is to highlight the urgency of preserving heritage. But personally, I think they shouldn’t”vandalise” the wall of that corner lot. They should leave the wall as it is. Or they can just spruce it up with a coat of fresh paint.
There are many other better and more appropriate ways to bring awareness to appreciate our past heritage.
If the paint company Dulux is truly interersted in “helping to preserve heritage”, then it should help to paint up all the old buildings along Jalan Sultan.
All this time, I have always love this part of Chinatown area; the narrow back lanes, the quiet Jalan Panggung and Old China Cafe area.
Do you know there is a popular pau or dumpling stall which operate in one of the lorong or side lane of Jalan Sultan from twelve noon to around 2 p.m? The pau or dumplings are freshly hand made daily at the lane itself.
You got to be there early (sometimes even before 1 p.m.), as these freshly made pau or dumplings are very popular with the regular customers.
There are two famous Hainanese chicken rice shops along Jalan Sultan: Nam Heong and Kam Kee.
You should check out the well-known traditional mole removal center at Jalan Sultan. The shop is called Lee Sine Sang. It is located 63B, 2nd Floor, Jalan Sultan.
Do you know there is a stall selling the healthy Pegaga drinkalong Jalan Sultan? This simple stall sells both sugar cane and the green Pegaga or Gotu Kola drink is located near the wall of the corner liquor shop.
Have any one of you notice this forgotten cast iron signage with the old street name “Muttiah Chetty Lane”? It is on the back wall of the corner shop between Jalan Sultan and Jalan Hang Lekir. To be exact, the wall where the open-air Chinese barber shop is operating.
Have you try exploring this quiet lane below? It is in the vicinity of Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur.
Here are more Kuala Lumpur interesting places you should check them out.