Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Dedicate to Kuala Lumpur.. In My Heart!!


Wilayah Persekutuan Flag (recent)
Wilayah Persekutuan Flag (Old)

Granted city status
Granted Federal Territory
 Mayor (Datuk Bandar)
   Ahmad Fuad Ismail  From 14 December 2008

   243 km2 (93.8 sq mi)

   21.95 m (72 ft)

Population (2010)
 - City : 1,627,172 (1st)
 - Density : 6,696/km2 (18,912/sq mi)

 - Metro : 7.2 million
 - Demonym : KL-ite / Kuala Lumpurian

 - HDI (2009): 0.647 (medium)

Time zone : MST (UTC+8)

Postal code :
50xxx to 60xxx

Mean solar time : UTC + 06:46:48

National calling code: 03

License plate prefix: Wxx (for all vehicles except taxis) HWx (for taxis only)

ISO 3166-2MY-14


Selamat mnyambut hari wilayah!!! I was born in Kuala Lumpur General Hospital 24 years ago.. and I am really proud to shout I AM KL-Lite!!! I LOVE KL!!! yoo hooo!!!

this is a history about Kuala Lumpur guys!!

Raja Abdullah (Malay Cheif of Klang
 - Orang Besar Kelang)
- Kuala Lumpur has its origins in the 1850s, when the Malay Chief of Klang, Raja Abdullah hired some Chinese labourers to open new and larger tin mines for tin prospectors.  

- The miners landed at the confluence of Sungai Gombak (previously known as Sungai Lumpur, meaning "muddy river") and Sungai Klang (Klang River) to open mines at Ampang, Pudu and Batu. These mines developed into a trading post which became a frontier town.

- The tin prospectors settled in Ampang, and formed gangs within themselves. The two largest Chinese gangsters, the Hakka-dominated Hai San and the Hokkien-dominated Ghee Hin, frequently engaged in warfare to gain control of tin production in the town

- The incessant warfare between the two factions brought tin mine production to a standstill, prompting the British, who ruled the Federation of Malaya at that time, to appoint a Chinese Kapitan (headman) to administer Kuala Lumpur.

- Hiu Siew, the owner of a mine in Lukut, was elected as the first Kapitan. As one of the first traders to arrive in Ampang (along with Yap Ah Sze), he sold provisions to the miners in exchange for tin.

- Early Kuala Lumpur had many problems, including the Selangor Civil War; it was also plagued by diseases and constant fires and floods.

Yap Ah Loy (3rd Chinese Capitan)
- Around the 1870s, the third Chinese Kapitan of Kuala Lumpur, Yap Ah Loy, emerged as leader, and became responsible for the survival and subsequent systematic growth of this town. He began to develop Kuala Lumpur from a small, obscure settlement into a booming mining town.

- In 1880, the state capital of Selangor was moved from Klang to the more strategically advantageous Kuala Lumpur

- In 1881, a flood swept through the town following a fire which engulfed it earlier. These successive problems destroyed the town's structures of wood and atap (thatching). As a response, Frank Swettenham, the British Resident of Selangor, required that buildings be constructed of brick and tile. 
Frank Sweetwnham (British Resident of Selangor)

- Many of the new brick buildings mirrored those of shop houses in southern China, characterised by "five foot ways" as well as skilled Chinese carpentry work. This resulted in a distinct eclectic shop house architecture typical to this region. A railway line increased accessibility into the growing town. Development intensified in the 1890s, leading to the creation of a Sanitary Board. In 1896, Kuala Lumpur was chosen as the capital of the newly formed Federated Malay States.

- A mixture of different communities settled in various sections of Kuala Lumpur. The Chinese mainly settled around the commercial centre of Market Square, east of the Klang River, and towards Chinatown. The Malays, Indian Chettiars, and Indian Muslims resided along Java Street (now Jalan Tun Perak). The Padang, now known as Merdeka Square, was the center of the British administrative offices.

- During World War II, Kuala Lumpur was captured by the Japanese army on January 11, 1942. They occupied the city until August 15, 1945, when the commander in chief of the Japanese Seventh Area Army in Singapore and Malaya, Seishirō Itagaki, surrendered to the British administration following the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

- Kuala Lumpur grew through the war, the rubber and tin commodity crashes and the Malayan Emergency, during which Malaya was preoccupied with the communist insurgency

- In 1957, the Federation of Malaya gained its independence from British rule. Kuala Lumpur remained the capital through the formation of Malaysia on September 16, 1963.
::: Sources - Wikipedia -
Sungai Gombak (old days)

Sungai Klang (recent days)

Strike a Pose!!!!!!!! me with background of KLC! (recent days)

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