I DO NOT CHOOSE TO BE A COMMON MAN - A NEW VISION

It is my right to be uncommon, if i can. I seek opportunity, not security. i do not wish to be kept a citizen, humbled and by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risks to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentives for a dole and I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existance! The thrill of fullfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cover before any master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid, to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefits of my creations and to face the world bold and say.. THIS, I HAVE DONE

Friday, January 25, 2008

WHO IS LOOKING AFTER MINDEF 24/7 ?

People look over their wealth, Soldiers look over the people, Mindef look over the soldiers, who look over mindef? This guy is very dedicated in looking over mindef, regardless weather or terrain! He has a nice arch of fire in a well defensive posn too!

Overlooking the mindef complex

This is the moseleum of Wong Loke Yew, situated in the middle of Mindef complex. How I came across this moseleum is all thanks to ParaLai who came to me and asking about a bronze statue in the middle of Mindef. So I looked up in the wikipedia and found out that Loke Yew was the owner of this land some time ago. Who is this Loke Yew?

A Gate - like Pagoda

Wong Loke Yew is a famous businessman and philanthropist during the British Malaya era. He is played a significant role in the growth of Kuala Lumpur and is one of the founding fathers of Victoria Institution (Icecool’s school). Wong Loke Yew was born in 1845, and spent his childhood as a farm hand in San Wui, southern China before he decided to set sail to Malaya when he was 13 to improve his fortunes. After arriving in Malaya, the young man chose to drop his surname Wong and henceforth be known only as Loke Yew (taking Loke as his new suname) as he thought it was a luckier name. Loke took on his first job at Kwong Man, a provision shop in Market Street earning a mere $20 a month but four years later, with a savings of $99, he started his own provision store called Tong Hing Loong. The ambitious youngster soon grew restless and left his staff in charge of the store while he travelled to Perak to explore the tin mining business. And frm there, we began to grow…. read more frm wikipedia lah!

Although he became rich, he was excessively careful about petty expenditure. Yet in the greater scheme of things, he was extremely generous. He died on 24 February 1917 from malaria, his funeral was once the grandest at that time. A bronze statue of him was erected in front of his graveyard, Loke Yew was buried at his-owned estate Hawthornden Estate, somewhere outside Kuala Lumpur. Loke Yew also contribute to the Chinese communities in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.

The Bronze Statue

Mr Loke Yew

So, basically mindef is situated in hawthornden estate and mr loke yew is peacefully buried in his own land.

General area of the moseleum... hahahahah

There are a few graves in this moseleum. Besides the graves, this area also has a resting hut with ceramic rooftiles (resemblence bamboos) and a pagoda which I didn’t manage to go in as my camera’s lense had been very wet due to the weather that day.

Need someone who can read chinese characters....

The Pagoda just beside the bronze statue

Mocha asked me to revisit this place again and that’s a good idea! So now, I had already know its location, for sure will go back to take a nicer pics again. It’s a very peaceful place though (this place is permetered by fence, so have to do some merempuh halangan acts). Perhaps... sometime next week? My wife sure furious never bring her to this place for this pioneer shotouts! hahahahahh

86 comments:

ming.... said...

nice!!! next week we go again... take good pics... haha...

i didnt know loke yew's surname is wong!! haf always tot he is a LOKE!! hahaha.... i am so wrong... hahaha.. i haf this assumption that chinaman will always highlight their surname.. haha...

i wonder if unkel lim's place will one day be mindef or not?? haha...

countloon said...

next week ON! hope tak hujan like today! maybe my loke don't like wong kot? hahahahahah anyway, its up 2 u to cont ur family name or u can always makeup ur family name!

can go uncle lim place take pics also.

IceCool said...

where is dis place bro? konpius ar...

countloon said...

ice: dalam mindef complex bro! u nak i bawa u tak ? its hidden, i can make u the map n u can treasure hunt kot! hahahahahah

countloon said...

mr huo and ly lived in the same generation! hahahaha

Huo Yuanjia (Chinese: 霍元甲; pinyin: Huò Yuánjiǎ) (c.1868-1910[1]) was a Chinese martial artist and co-founder of the Chin Woo Athletic Association, a martial arts school in Shanghai. A practitioner of the martial art Mízōngyì,[2] he is considered a hero in China for challenging foreign fighters in highly publicized matches at a time when Chinese sovereignty was being eroded by foreign concessions and spheres of influence.

john f seademon said...

Interestingly when I was at U, I read a book written on the assassination of JWW Birch. One of those sentenced to death was my great-grandfather, Mohd Jabbar, who was known as Ngah Jabor (Jabor is the Perak way of saying Jabbar). Somehow he got a life imprisonment instead and was released after 6 years.

Ngah Jabor opened up a tin mine in Perak (between Kampung Gajah and Batu Gajah areas) and one of his mandor was Loke Yew. As a young mandor, Loke Yew was a gambler. One day he decided to borrow money from my great-grandfather to open up his own tin mine.

I guess that's where Kling Bahru comes in.

ming.... said...

SD: maybe u should claim part of laoke yew's wealth, since he started wif ur great great grand fathers money! hehehe....

countloon said...

hahahahah betul sd, apa lagi! siap kira interest, kalo tak, korek the kubur lah hahahahaha

IceCool said...

a quite comprehensive write up on loke yew's tomb


http://penangwatch.net/node/294

countloon said...

hahahaha the army personal pun confuse.... tak tau ada graves kat sana kot

Oria said...

This is great info to know.

chang said...
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chang said...

i studied architecture, i think this tomb have it architecture value.. quite interesting finding. in fact, it is near to my sister's house at sri maya. hmm, can i join your guys in next expedition? i search in google map, hardly find any similar shape building in desa tun hussein onn. i suspect it is the plot of land behind kampung warisan... near the mindef entrance. any answer?

countloon said...

chang: the tomb is inside mindef compound. u need to go through the guardroom, a 3 mins drive then another 5mins walk to the tomb. hrmmmm not sure when will have another trip to this place but will sure let u know if we happen to go there again.

email me Loon to get the coordinate of that place

Anonymous said...

"john f seademon said...
One of those sentenced to death was my great-grandfather, Mohd Jabbar, who was known as Ngah Jabor (Jabor is the Perak way of saying Jabbar)."

Then u are related to my hubby.
He is also the great-grandson of ngah jabor. 4th generation, from all-male lineage.

Small world.

john f seademon said...

Anon...you should tell me who your hubby is and whose son he is.

frostier said...

Hey, how can i go into the compound?
got map? guide and etc?

wanna go look see look see

Gurindam Jiwa said...

Dale, go through the main entrance of Mindef, ask for the Kubur Loke Yew. The personnel are supposed to know, although many young ones or outsiders don't. They may even accompany you to the place, if it was your lucky day.

I grew up in Kg Loke Yew. But that kampung is now the DUKE highway.

Kit said...

So I got in to the military housing complex and looked around the hills surrounding it. Can't seem to find it. Only found the tangki air place. Do you know exactly which road to take and park the car and then walk to? Thanks!

countloon said...

the entrance is near to Block H (i forgot which number of that block) area. it's a 4 floors flat. but basically block H is just a small community of few flats only.

max said...

This blog confirm that the bronze status that I climb on when I'm 13 years old is indeed Mr Loke Yew...had been there a couple of time even before they build the Tun Hussien Onn Army Flats and Kg Warisan.

countloon said...

hahahahah got pic of u climbing mr loke statue back then?

halogamora said...

Never been there myself but i think i found it on google map. follow this link:

http://maps.google.com.my/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=kampung+loke+yew&sll=3.071952,101.831589&sspn=0.342829,0.441513&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Kampung+Loke+Yew,+Kuala+Lumpur&ll=3.183398,101.732824&spn=0.002678,0.005493&t=h&z=18

Area shown is within Desa Tun Hussein Onn complex, just south of Duke Highway.

Look out for these 3 structures (go clock-wise):
1. north - a sekolah agama (blue roof top)
2. east - a water tank (white top) 3. west - a light orange-brown roof building.

The grave, again i think, is in the middle of this triangle.

Or, Loon posted a google map image in this blog. Enlarge it. The point should be just north of the word "Desa" of "Desa Tun Hussein Onn".

Hoping to go there and see it myself soon.

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LiZhenYAn said...

So mean can anybody visit the grave or you need somebody who know somebody in mindef? I would like to visit the grave.

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