Lorong Fest, to create awareness of the forgotten Madras Lane

Last update: 01/12/2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 1 -- Madras Lane or its official street name, Jalan Sultan, which is famous for its Chinese street food stalls, such as curry laksa and yong tau foo, is also famous of for its century old buildings.

In the move to promote its rich heritage, Kuala Lumpur City Hall, Think City and Citi Foundation jointly organised a three-day ‘Lorong Fest: A walk down Madras Lane’ since Friday to create awareness among the public with photo exhibition, batik painting, music performances, film screening and many more activities.

To rekindle old memories, the organiser has also been screening Master Z, Ip Man Legacy, Ali Setan  and Hello Babies movies at the old cinema.

Jennifer Foo, 63, from Petaling Jaya said Madras Lane which got its name from Madras Theatre which caught fire in 1979 has been a bustling place in the 60s and 70s since  the theatre has been screening action-packed Chinese and westerns movies.

 However, now it was not as busy as before, and whenever she comes down to Kuala Lumpur she always makes sure to drop by at Madras Lane for its food, she said.

“The food here is the best such as the curry laksa, chee cheong fun and other local Chinese delicacies. It is a food paradise,” she said.

She also said the lane which is situated off Petaling Street is also the place where people come to buy decorative items for Christmas and Chinese New Year at a much cheaper price then the shopping complexes.

She hoped the government would preserve the heritage buildings here since it was the history of old Kuala Lumpur.

For Raymond Chong, 63, from Cheras, he always recommended to his international friends not to miss Madras Lane because of its food and its heritage  buildings.

Meanwhile Member of Parliament of Bukit Bintang, Fong Kui Lun  in a statement said the programme launched was  an exemplary initiative that would create opportunities for the existing business and nurture a sense of appreciation by the generations.

 He said with the initiative, people could learn and reminisce about Malaysian cultural history and spark curiosity for these forgotten spaces within the capital city.