Architecture and Urban Form in Kuala Lumpur: Race and by Yat Ming Loo

By Yat Ming Loo

Kuala Lumpur, the capital urban of Malaysia, is a former colony of the British Empire which this day prides itself in being a multicultural society par excellence. enticing with advanced colonial and postcolonial points of town from the British colonial period within the Eighteen Eighties to the modernisation interval within the Nineteen Nineties, this booklet demonstrates how Kuala Lumpur's city panorama is overwritten by way of a racial time table throughout the merchandising of Malaysian structure, together with the world-famous mega-projects of Petronas dual Towers and the recent administrative capital of Putrajaya. It demonstrates how the 'Malayanisation' and 'Islamisation' of the city panorama - the center of Malaysia's decolonisation initiatives - has marginalised the chinese language city areas that have been as soon as on the middle of Kuala Lumpur. Drawing on quite a lot of chinese language group documents, interviews and assets, the e-book illustrates how Kuala Lumpur's chinese language areas were subjugated. This comprises unique case experiences displaying how the chinese language re-appropriated the Kuala Lumpur previous urban centre of Chinatown and chinese language cemeteries as a manner of contesting state's hegemonic nationwide identification and ideology.This e-book is arguably the 1st educational e-book to check the connection of Malaysia's huge chinese language minority with the politics of structure and urbanism in Kuala Lumpur. it's also one of many few educational books to situate the chinese language diaspora areas on the centre of the development of urban and kingdom. through together with the spatial contestation of these from the margins and their resistance opposed to the hegemonic nation ideology, this publication proposes a recuperative city and architectural background, trying to revalidate the marginalised areas of minority neighborhood (Chinese areas in Kuala Lumpur), and re-script them into the narrative of the postcolonial countryside.

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51 This section has shown that the postcolonial state policies continued and strengthened the colonial legacies of ethnic divide and differences. This (post) colonial collaboratism had been demonstrated in political, economy and cultural development after the transfer of state power from the British to the Malay ruling elites in particular after 1970s. The enlarged coalition of Barisan National continued the working model of a quasi-consociation democracy system, which championed racial bargaining and power-sharing to mask the hegemonic position of UMNO.

22. 49 Gomez, ‘Tracing the Ethnic Divide’. 50 Lee, ‘Ethnic Relations in Peninsular Malaysia’, p. 17. , A Question of Class: Capital, the State and Uneven Development Malaysia (Singapore: Oxford University, 1986), p. 266. 52 Mahathir bin Mohamad, The Malay Dilemma (Shah Alam: Times Books International, 1981), p. 175. 53 Voon, ‘Spatial Division and Ethnic Exclusion’, p. 93. 54 Voon, ‘Spatial Division and Ethnic Exclusion’, p. S. Sidhu, ‘Chinese Domination of West Malaysia Towns, 1921–1970’, Geography, Vol.

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