It all started when Mohd Radzi Jamaludin’s favourite kopitiam closed down. It was at the junction of Jalan Dang Wangi and Jalan TAR. “I was so disappointed because the entire structure and facade were demolished,” explained Radzi.
The kopitiam, Rumah Tumpangan Pang Woo, later became a clothes shop. Its transformation sparked an idea for Radzi, who began to collect old photos of KL and then compare them to what they look like today.
The project has taken about two years and is still ongoing. But the result is a collection of over 80 photographs, “Dahulu dan Sekarang”, that show the contrast between KL then and now.
It’s striking to see how some monuments and buildings have endured through time, while others look wholly different. Some structures, like Central Market, have remained but are now a different colour. Other details, like a pink bus or bicycles on the road, show how transportation in the city has changed.
The older photos are collected from Radzi’s father’s collection as well as from internet sources. He hopes that people who see the collection will be able to help identify the years or decades that the original photos were taken. As he puts it, his photos are a “small contribution to value our heritage.”
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