Funeral procession through KL


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 12 Aug 2003

PROCESSION OF MOURNERS: Family and friends walking for miles in Kuala Lumpur to pay their last respects to Cheong See who died at 80 in 1955.  

“When my grandmother passed away, I was barely one year old,” said Lai Fatt Shing, 49, who submitted five photographs for the “Malaya in Pictures” contest organised by The Star and sponsored by Fuji Photo Film (M) Sdn Bhd. 

The procession started from Cheras and headed for Jalan Pudu, passing the Sek Yuen Restaurant, which is still operating today. 

The procession also passed the Pudu Jail, Petaling Street and the Old Airport Road. 

“It was the funeral ritual in those days for those who could afford to have a procession to walk through the streets in KL,” said Lai, a company director. 

“People had to walk in procession in those days because there weren’t many cars to take them,” he said, adding that it showed the easy way of life then. 

The contest is aimed at retrieving and recording the country’s history and heritage. It is open to all regardless of nationality and entries should be photographs taken on or before Aug 31, 1957. 

There are three categories for submissions – pictures of buildings and streets, social life and famous personalities, and events. 

The photographs should not have been published anywhere and in any form. Short-listed contestants must produce the original prints.  

The deadline for all entries has been extended to Aug 31. Entries should be addressed to “Malaya in Pictures” Photo Contest, c/o MSD, Star Publications (M) Bhd, Menara Star, 15, Jalan 16/11, 46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.  

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