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Kuala Lumpur History, Malaysia

Before the turn of the twentieth century, here is the situation of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


KL was established during the late decade of 1860. It happened when a group of prospectors who were in serious hunt for tin, happened to land right at the meeting spot of the Gombak and the Kelang rivers. There, they creatively named that very place, Kuala Lumpur that means “muddy confluence.” A lot of those who arrived in the place suffered and died from malaria and from other stifling diseases. On the other hand, the tin they had revealed in Ampang had fascinated some more miners and Kuala Lumpur hastily became a boisterous, tussling, aggressive boom town.

In order to suppress the developing anarchy in the land, its sultan overlord allotted “Kapitan China’ to carry the uncontrollable Chinese fortune-seekers as well as their undisclosed civilization into the line - a dilemma in which Kapitan China Yap Ah Loy leapt at with much hardnosed appreciated, that he turned out to be widely known as the initiator of Kuala Lumpur.

Historical milestone of this famous city as follows:

-  By the emergence of 1880s, Kuala Lumpur became more and more residential and up market. More than that, the universal feeling of affluence and self-assurance was greatly satisfied by the relocation of the chief government from Klang to Kuala Lumpur.

-   During 1881, the whole town was ruined by fire and succeeded by flood. However, the wreckage of the town provoked building boom.

-  In 1896, KL became the capital of the recently created Federated Malay States.

There were 2 major foreign occupations in Kuala Lumpur:

British occupation - As soon as the Malaysian cape came under the rule of the British in 1913, KL’s financial system grew. Aside from that, the Indian and Chinese immigrant populations of the land augmented considerably. But then, this boost was significantly upturned with the commencement of the WWII.

Japanese occupation - The Japanese invaders conquered the British Malaya not so long after the start of WWII. In a span of one month, KL had fallen under the hands of the Japanese who in return routed the British in Singapore. In this occupation, there were many Kuala Lumpur Chinese people who were tormented and eventually killed. Also, a lot of Indians were driven to work at the Burma's “Death Railway.” As soon as the Japanese were lastly overpowered, the British momentarily went back to Kuala Lumpur.

Not so long after the return of the British to KL, they were eventually expelled as Malaysia declared its own independence in the year 1957 in Kuala Lumpur's Dataran Merdeka or Freedom Square. By that time, the city formally became the self-governing Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur during the time when it was surrendered by the Selangor state sultan in the year 1974.

In 1997, Malaysia was absorbed by an Asian trade and industry emergency which began in Thailand. This breakdown became the very first momentous problem in the confident Malaysian economy ever since the WWII. On a lighter note, the 1998 Commonwealth Games were being considered as a big victory for Malaysia. It absolutely helped to re-establish the confidence of the entire nation. In spite of the financial decline during the late 1990s, KL continuously developed into an immense level. Right now, KL is not just Malaysia's capital but it’s densely inhabited and rich city.


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