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Why we did this!

Our objectives in publicizing Yap Ah Loy's contributions to the development of Kuala Lumpur, is to highlight to the world and Malaysians in particular, the achievements of our ancestors, including Yap Ah Loy, in building a prosperous and civil nation. They worked under the sun, in a hot, humid and new environment to have a better living. Their working conditions can hardly be imagined by our generation. 

Yap Ah Loy's contributions were extraordinary in that not only did he built Kuala Lumpur, he was also a good example in economic cooperation between the Malays, Indians and Chinese. 

He encouraged the Malay population to migrate to Kuala Lumpur and convert the undeveloped land around Kuala Lumpur into rice fields and other farms, so as to provide the Kuala Lumpur population with a stable source of food. 

After gaining his wealth, Yap Ah Loy and many other Chinese tycoons, did not forget the others. They built many schools, hospitals, temples etc as a service to society.

Despite Yap Ah Loy's contributions, there is no mention of his role nor those of the early Chinese immigrants in the development of Kuala Lumpur and Malaya in modern Malaysian history school books. Hence, our intention is to highlight their achievements and concrete contributions to the people of Malaya.

 

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This page was last modified on September 12, 2000