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On #MalaysiaIndependenceDay save the old buildings of #kualalumpur that are under threat of demolition - archives

By Carolyn Hong Malaysia Bureau Chief [email protected] KUALA LUMPUR: Ms Loke Poh Lin was greeted like an old friend by news vendor Naina Mohd as she passed his hole-in-the-wall shop in the old quarter of Kuala Lumpur, or more popularly known as Chinatown. She stopped to chat and buy old-fashioned talcum powder that was also sold by Mr Naina whose family has been running that newsstand for over 50 years. Ms Loke, 54, is a familiar sight in this part of town, as she’s frequently haunting its streets to document its hidden little stories. She is part of a group which calls itself Rakan KL or Friends of KL, led by prominent artist Victor Chin who is also a founding member of the Malaysian Heritage Board. This small group of about 10 Malaysians is fighting a battle to save the old buildings of Kuala Lumpur that are under threat of demolition or careless development. Their we...

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