News: Ampang Park Finally Closes its Doors to Make Way for MRT Station

Jan 4, 2018

The last day of 2017 also marked the last business day at the Ampang Park Shopping Centre as the iconic mall in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur shuts down to make way for the development of the Ampang Park Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station.

Opened in 1973, the city’s first mall was packed with shoppers on the lookout for final-day bargains.

Despite the flood of shoppers, an air of sadness lingered as tenants pack and load their goods onto lorries.

The owner of Antero Complete Home Fabric, who wanted to be identified only as Narenda, was teary eyed as he cleared the last remaining items.

“I am very sad that my business has come to an end. I do not have enough money to open another shop somewhere else,” he said. “I was hoping the business can sustain until my wife and I can no longer work and then earn some income by renting it out. But now this plan is shattered.”

“I am lucky that a non-governmental organisation has agreed to buy the goods so I managed to get some money from there,” added the 68-year old owner.

To commemorate Ampang Park, a group of artists from Sketchwalk Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Lumpur Sketch Nation participated in an event dubbed as “One Last Sketch”.

Ahmad Hakym Ahmad Hikmy, Founder of KL Sketch Nation, said the theme was meaningful since it would also be their last sketch for the year.

“The facade of the mall is definitely iconic as it is one of the pioneer malls in Kuala Lumpur,” he said. “Drawing the architecture before it is closed will be a good way to remember this place.”

Image sourced from The Malaysian Times

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