November 25, 2017
Why Yap Ah Loy is such a big deal
PETALING JAYA: A descendant of Yap Ah Loy has taken offence at Perkasa’s disparagement of his forebear’s role in the founding of Kuala Lumpur.
Speaking to FMT, Glenn Yap said Kuala Lumpur was turned into a dynamic township chiefly by his great-great-grandfather.
“The big deal about Yap Ah Loy is that he is the founder of Kuala Lumpur,” he said. “Some people are trying to dilute his importance or discredit him.”
Glenn spoke of Kuala Lumpur’s destruction in the 1867-1873 Selangor civil war and in a fire in 1881 and said Yap rebuilt the town on both occasions.
“Hence, is it not right to say that this immigrant from China was responsible for founding the new Kuala Lumpur?”
Yap served as the third Kapitan China of Kuala Lumpur. The post was a high-ranking government position in the civil administration of colonial Malaya.
Perkasa deputy president Sirajuddin Salleh questioned the propriety of the tribute, saying Yap was involved in criminal activities in Kuala Lumpur.
“His businesses were opium trading, prostitution and running gambling dens,” Sirajuddin said.
Glenn, who is in his 40s, pointed out that the British licensed such businesses and Yap was assigned by the colonial administration to collect taxes from them.
“I agree that he was not a saint,” he said. “He collected those taxes. He was like a brute with a rough voice. But he was like a general to the people. The people trusted him.
“Also, he was a leader for all the races. He got the Malays and the British to work together.”
Glenn went on to state Yap’s service to society, such as setting up the first Chinese school and the first hospital and building roads in and around Kuala Lumpur.
Yap was also responsible for the establishment of Sin Sze Si Ya, the iconic Taoist temple in the Petaling Street area.
Glenn said he was proud of his ancestor’s contributions.
Yap Ah Loy Gets Commemorative Stamps To Mark 180th Birthday
KUALA LUMPUR: Yap Ah Loy, who helped turn Kuala Lumpur from a small tin-mining town to a booming commercial centre, has gotten his own set of commemorative stamps to mark his 180th birthday earlier this year.
Pos Malaysia, working together with several Chinese associations, today launched the commemorative stamps, of which there will be 2,000 sets.
The set of five stamps which feature Ah Loy’s portraits, come with a special envelope and a brochure which details his history. Priced at RM20 per set, they can be purchased at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall.
Ah Loy was born on March 14, 1837, in Huizhou in China. In 1854, he left China for Malaya, arriving initially in Melaka before eventually making his way to Kuala Lumpur, then part of Selangor.
He became Kapitan Cina in 1868.
Five years later, Ah Loy helped Tengku Kudin end the Selangor Civil War and became a powerful figure in the state, especially Kuala Lumpur. He played an important role in developing Kuala Lumpur, restructuring the layout of the town, especially in Brickfields in the 1880s.
He also built the city’s first school and a tapioca mill in Petaling Street. He died in April 1885, at the age of 48.
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November 24, 2017
Don’t glorify Yap Ah Loy , says Perkasa
PETALING JAYA: Perkasa has questioned those who credit Yap Ah Loy for the development of Kuala Lumpur, after a recent tribute to the Chinese kapitan in the form of commemorative stamps by Pos Malaysia.
Instead, the Malay rights group said Yap was involved in criminal activities in the city.
“Yap Ah Loy came to Kuala Lumpur much later. And his businesses were opium trading, prostitution and running gambling dens,” said Perkasa deputy president Sirajuddin Salleh.
He went on to attribute the opening of Kuala Lumpur to Raja Busu, a member of the Selangor royalty during the 19th century.
Sirajuddin was commenting on a statement made during the launch of Yap Ah Loy commemorative stamps issued by Pos Malaysia in cooperation with several Chinese organisations, in conjunction with the 180th year of Yap’s birth.
“When we look at history, we can see that without Yap Ah Loy, there would not be a Kuala Lumpur,” said Yap Wai Ming, Yap’s great-great-grandson, at the launch of the stamps on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Sirajuddin said the role of Chinese migrants in the growth of Kuala Lumpur had been exaggerated.
“Can you say without Chinese, Brunei will not be what it is today?” he asked.
“Can you say without the Chinese, Indonesia will not be what it is today? There are big cities in Indonesia which have grown without the Chinese?”
“Don’t blow about Yap Ah Loy so much. He was here. He could have been one of the community leaders then,” he added.