BEFITTING TRIBUTE:House of founder of Kampung Haji Abdullah Hukum to be made a tourist attraction
ABDULLAH Hukum's first house in the village named after him will be restored as a tourist attraction. A source from developer SP Setia Bhd Group said the architectural details would be put on record before restoration works start.
SP Setia is currently developing KL Eco City in the area, in a joint venture with City Hall.
"The house will be relocated just somewhere in the development. It has been proposed that the house be placed in front of a mosque to be built there. To do this, it will be dismantled and re-assembled later.
"The re-assembly will follow the original structure based on the record. However, it will only start after the first phase of the development here is completed."
He said that preserving the house is part of the privatisation agreement between SP Setia and City Hall.
"What we know is that it will be preserved as a tourist attraction, although we have yet to learn the details. This is to honour Haji Abdullah Hukum's contribution to the development of Kuala Lumpur," he said.
During a Streets check recently, the house, which was said to be built in 1800s, was the only structure left on 10.12ha land for the RM6 billion KL Eco City mixed development.
The area is totally cordoned off although the house can be clearly seen from PPR Abdullah Hukum and the Abdullah Hukum LRT station.
It sits at a corner of the development, with what appears to be an extension of the original structure.
It was reported that the first phase of KL Eco City involves the building of RM2 billion worth of high-rise residential units.
Rumah Abdullah Hukum, named in the draft of the KL City Plan 2020, are among the 28 buildings proposed as Category 2 Heritage Buildings.
Category 2 is for buildings that are proposed for preservation but have not yet been gazetted, while Category 1 is for buildings that have been gazetted.
If the list is approved, the house will be the only residential unit proposed in Category 2 Heritage Buildings in the KL City Plan.
The 27 other buildings are mostly government and commercial buildings with historical value.
They include the Coliseum cinema building and the Odeon cinema in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Central Market (Jalan Hang Kasturi), PAM building (Jalan Tangsi), Royal Selangor Club (Jalan Raja) and Menara Maxis (Jalan Ampang).
Born in 1835 in Sumatera, Abdullah Hukum came to Malaya when he was a youth.
Abdullah Hukum was a prominent figure in the Malay society and was appointed by the then Sultan of Selangor Sultan Abdul Samad as a society leader.