Kluang Rail Coffee, located at the Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) railway station in Kluang, on Monday received Malaysia Book of Records (MBOR) recognition as the Oldest Railway Coffee Shop in Malaysia.
MBOR marketing officer Jwan Heah handed over the certificate to Kluang Rail Coffee director Lim Jit Tong in a ceremony held at the 84-year-old train station coffee shop.
Speaking after the recognition ceremony, Jit Tong's son Lim Ben Winn, who is also a director of Kluang Rail Coffee, said he was proud and grateful that the kopitiam run by his ancestor Lim Huan Hee since 1938 had been immortalised in the pages of MBOR.
Ben Winn, as the fourth generation, said Kluang Rail Coffee now has four branches in Kluang and will open another branch in Shah Alam, Selangor next September.
"We were very happy when this family heritage kopitiam was selected to receive the MBOR award. Toasted bread is the main menu at this kopitiam and it can sell between 5,000 to 6,000 sets every day," he said.
Jwan of MBOR said he hoped Kluang Rail Coffee, KTM and Perbadanan Aset Keretapi (Railway Assets Corporation or RAC), which is the owner of the building with the coffee shop as an outlet, can continue its operation by maintaining its original kopitiam concept and become one of the destinations of choice for tourists.
Meanwhile, Mahkota assemblywoman Datuk Sharifah Azizah Datuk Syed Zain said the 84-year-old Kluang Rail Coffee located at the train station has the potential to be a historical tourism product in the state.
Sharifah Azizah said the coffee shop has many interesting features including the multi-racial appeal of its customers under the kopitiam concept. – Bernama