Kington Loo was a great architect and visionary


THE sudden death of Datuk Kington Loo on March 21 is a great loss to the Bukit Tunku Residents’ Association Kuala Lumpur (BTRA) of which he was the president and founder member.  

Loo was completely involved in the design of that part of Bukit Tunku originally known as Kenny Hill. He knew every nook and corner of this little part of Kuala Lumpur. 

Being a great architect and visionary he had envisaged that Kuala Lumpur would be a world-class city and it was his firm belief that every great city should have an area or areas reserved exclusively for low-density residential purposes. 

Being an ardent conservationist, he also ensured that in his design there would be a lot of space for greenery. That was the concept in the design of Kenny Hill. 

Loo loved Bukit Tunku and for many years that was where he had his home. His concept for Bukit Tunku appears in the objectives of BTRA as set out in the Rules of the Association – “to preserve the 'green lung’ and environment of Bukit Tunku in its original low-density residential area for family living”. 

BTRA benefited in no small measure from Loo’s guidance and advice as from the date of registration of the association right up to his death he served on the committee without a break, first as a committee member and then for the past two years as president. 

He was a tower of strength and despite his many other commitments, he always found time for BTRA. 

In fact, my last meeting with him took place just two hours before his fatal collapse. We met to discuss the meeting which had been called by BTRA for March 30 when he was to meet landowners and residents of Bukit Tunku to discuss the Draft KL Structure Plan and to consider in what way Bukit Tunku would be affected. 

Personally, it was my privilege to have been given the opportunity to work with him.  

 

MRS CHAN MO YIN,  

Honorary Secretary 

Bukit Tunku Residents’ 

Association,  

Kuala Lumpur. 

(via e-mail)  

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