INTERESTING, insightful and emotional! Those were just some of the adjectives used by those who attended a talk on Kuala Lumpur’s history last Saturday at the Badan Warisan Malaysia.
Entitled A Capital Idea! : Shaping Kuala Lumpur, the talk was presented by award-winning architect and urban planner, Datuk Hajeedar Majid, and renowned planner Ahmad Jefri Clyde.
The talk which lasted about two hours started with Hajeedar touching on the early development of Kuala Lumpur, starting from 1818 to 1895.
He spoke of early settlement of Malay and Chinese settlers at the confluence of Sungai Gombak and Sungai Klang eke out a living.
Jefri touched on his take of Kuala Lumpur’s history saying that he would look at landmarks, districts, alleys and roads.
“It was interesting to hear a city planner’s perspective on Kuala Lumpur and its history,’’ said 24-year-old Aniq Anas, and architecture undergraduate from UiTM Puncak Alam campus.
“And you can feel their emotion too, especially when you hear Datuk Hajeedar speak about KL,’’ added Aniq.
“It was insightful. It provided me with a new way of looking at how planners view the Federal capital,’’ said Hazirah Hamzah, a 26-year-old student from the same university.
Another visitor to the talk, Nadiah Shukri, found the history part of it fascinating.
“I particularly liked Datuk Hajeedar’s explanation of the early history of Kuala Lumpur, especially about Abdullah Hukum,’’ she added.
After the talk, the floor was open to questions.
One of the questions posed to both speakers was, “If I was a first-time visitor to KL, where would you advise me to visit? Another question posed was on the future of Carcosa and Seri Negara as well other historical sites of the city.
The talk was moderated by Badan Warisan Malaysia executive director Elizabeth Cardosa.