Rejuvenating Chow Kit
V Sanjugtha | 14 Jul 2017 00:30
Look past the traffic chaos, dreary old shophouses, and congested stalls and you will not fail to notice the huge potential of an area caught in a time warp, despite being just 3km from the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC).

This is Chow Kit, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, traditionally known as a red-light district. Glancing back at old photographs of the area, it is remarkable that changes have been few and far between, save perhaps for the absence of the daredevil pink minibuses of the 70s to 90s.

Chow Kit, dubbed a mini-Jakarta, is as busy as ever, but the merchants and stallholders are mostly foreigners peddling traditional medicine and household goods and various services. Fortunately, the number of transvestites soliciting clients, and drug peddlers has declined over the years.

All that will soon change under a dramatic transformation plan. Chow Kit can look forward to modernisation and development with the joint efforts of Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and Kampong Bharu Development Corporation (PKB).

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