Old Malaya: The History and Conservation
Brief History – Old Malaya
Old Malaya – located at 66 – 68 Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur, is a colonial building constructed in 1919. Nearing its 100-year-old mark, this heritage building was first used to house Colonial, and later Malay military officers and their families. Thereafter, it became a prominent residence for the Eurasian community of Kuala Lumpur.
Today, Old Malaya is a unique dining and event venue to Kuala Lumpur, which houses six individual chic restaurants and two dedicated bars. Abandoned decades ago and left to decay, the heritage building once faced a possible future of demolition and re-development. With the determination to prevent such a future, Dato’ Syed Mustaffa Shahabuddin moved to realize his 15-year old dream to save this iconic landmark along with support from his friend, Mr. Kana Theva. Together, they embarked on a course to revitalize the building; many of the building’s original ornate features have been retained and carefully restored. Now international tourists and future Malaysian generations alike can experience heritage dining within this landmark building as Old Malaya.
We are proud of our achievement that is Old Malaya a new venue, truly worthy of representing the city of Kuala Lumpur in both its past and present glory. We at Old Malaya feel that all Malaysians deserve the opportunity to know and experience their own history.
Perhaps the well-known Malaysian writer, Sam Yen from Robb Report – a global luxury goods and destination magazine, can describe our passion for KL and its heritage, better than I can.