AMPANG Park, Kuala Lumpur’s oldest shopping complex, celebrated its 40th anniversary recently by taking patrons down memory lane.
Ampang Park Management Corporation chairman Datuk Marco Low Peng Kiat regaled guests and patrons with stories on the shopping complex’s glory days in his speech, especially the early development of the city and its surrounding area.
“Our past has been nothing short of glorious. Besides the development in Kuala Lumpur over the years, Ampang Park had been the venue of many historic events,’’ he said.
“We were the first shopping centre to be built not only in Kuala Lumpur, but also in the country.
“We were the first to have a cinema, and host a car show as well as beauty contest in a mall.
“Ampang Park grew to become an important icon for city folk. It became more than just a shopping centre. It became a symbol of beginnings, of progress and prosperity,’’ said Low.
To commemorate four decades of existence, a photography display showcasing the many events and milestones achieved by the shopping centre is now on.
The displays include photos of car rallies, floral festivals, bridal fairs, album launches and photography carnivals that have been hosted at Ampang Park Shopping Centre since the 1970s.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall deputy director-general (Planning) Datuk Zulkifli Ibrahim, who represented Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib, was present at the event.