City in danger of losing its soul


A dose of life: A huge mural on the now abandoned Serani Row, injecting a dose of life to the forgotten buildings.

I REFER to the StarMetro report “High-rise project planned in place of Serani Row” (March 21) wherein the past president of the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) Saifuddin Ahmad was quoted as saying that it would be difficult to preserve Serani Row unless there was governmental intervention. I fully agree with him.

Having seen the structures a fortnight ago before they were demolished, I was saddened because despite their dilapidated condition, it was clear that Kuala Lumpur had lost another eminently restorable landmark. There have been too many demolitions of such buildings for development projects.

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