The Founding Of Kuala Lumpur
To understand Petaling Street, it is important to understand how Kuala Lumpur was founded.
Kuala Lumpur traces its origins back to the 1850s, when the Malay Chief of Klang, Raja Abdullah, hired some migrant Chinese labourers to open new and larger tin mines. The Chinese labourers landed at the meeting of two rivers- Sungai Gombak and Sungai Klang.
These mines developed into a trading post that came to be considered a frontier town. Like all frontier towns, living conditions were bad, diseases were widespread and fires and floods often plagued Kuala Lumpur.
As with many pioneer towns, Kuala Lumpur was filled with a population that was largely made up of male labourers. Men who could afford it spent their leisure time at the brothels, and at the widely available opium dens and gambling booths. Many stayed at crowded lodges where they slept on wooden beds … Read More