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Tuesday October 1, 2013 MYT 7:32:00 PM
Tuesday October 1, 2013 MYT 7:37:03 PM
by yip yoke teng
Lee, the operator of the coffeeshop at Hotel Lok Ann's ground floor, draws the shutters shut for the last time.
KUALA LUMPUR: After serving customers for 75 years, Hotel Lok Ann and the coffeeshop on its ground floor bid its regulars and heritage lovers goodbye on Tuesday to make way for the MRT.
The building on Jalan Sultan was acquired for tunnelling works, but the Tan family who owns the property have filed their objection at the Land Office to bring the case to court.
Many regulars thronged the coffeeshop for one last cuppa at the shop and left messages - most calling on authorities to preserve the heritage building and stop aggressive urban development - on red strips of paper pasted on its facade.
"I am at a loss for words. I do not want this to happen but circumstances are as such. I am thankful for Lok Ann for raising us 10 siblings and seven cousins," said Tan Shiang Hou, 71, a third-generation descendant of the original owner.
The coffeeshop tenant, who wanted to be known only Lee, 62, was seen serving up beverages as usual, with the refrain of oldies coming from a radio cast an air of sadness.
Lee said he was too old to make new plans now that the coffeeshop was closed down.
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