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This site is about the story of Kapitan Cina (Chinese Captain) Yap Ah Loy, the man who governed the city of Kuala Lumpur during her founding years and laid the foundations of her development to become the capital of Malaysia and an international city.

He was one of thousands of Chinese who had left China for foreign shores in search of better lives. Through hard work, entrepreneurship and perseverance, he became a rich and powerful person in Malaya. He also contributed to Malaya, and specifically to Kuala Lumpur by building many public amenities, like schools, hospitals, temples, home for the aged etc.

We have put together many interesting articles and pictures in this site about the life and times of Yap Ah Loy and life in Kuala Lumpur in the late 19th century. Please feel free to browse through what we have compiled for you. You will probably find that Malaya then was just like the Wild West in America, with its share of tales of adventure, romance (maybe) and enterprise!

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Find newspaper clippings ( English / Chinese 华语新闻 ) on the latest debacle on the redevelopment of KL's cemetery, where Yap Ah Loy's grave is located.

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First Traders in Kuala Lumpur

Raja Abdullah sent 87 Chinese miners to Ampang. Hiu Siew and Yap Ah Sze set up a shop at Kuala Lumpur.

Rebuilding Kuala Lumpur

How Kuala Lumpur was rebuilt after the Selangor Civil War.

Yap Ah Loy's Administration

The policies used in governing Kuala Lumpur.

How was Yap Ah Loy like? Yap Ah Loy's character and family.
Kuala Lumpur recaptured How Yap Ah Loy liberated Kuala Lumpur in the Selangor Civil War.
Old and Modern KL Pictures comparing KL in the 19th century and today.
Yap Ah Loy's Regalia His official seal, hat, swords and other items of office.
Chinese Tin Mining How the Chinese mined tin in those early days.
The Sin Sze Si Ya Temple The temple that Yap Ah Loy built, still stands today, reminding people of Yap Ah Loy's contributions in building Kuala Lumpur.
History of Yap Ah Loy The in-depth history of Yap Ah Loy and the city of Kuala Lumpur.
The Selangor Civil War The bitter power struggle in the Selangor Royal Court culminated in a civil war. 
Origins of the title of Kapitan Cina The title is thought to originate from the Portuguese who ruled Malacca after defeating the Malaccan sultanate.
How Kuala Lumpur got its name? How Kuala Lumpur got its name is a mystery that is still unresolved today.

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