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// Pak_Loh_in his bookshopOver a hundred years ago, my great, great grandfather, Abdullah Al-Yunani came to Kuala Terengganu from China and decided to stay there. He opened a bookstore named Abdullah Al-Yunani or better known to the locals as ‘Keda Buku Pok Loh Yunang’. Ask a person who was brought up in Kuala Terengganu, most of them would know the bookstore and they might even tell you that the shop was where they bought their schoolbooks long, long time ago. [Read what Awang Goneng wrote about it here]

Over a century, the business grew from a simple bookstore selling newspapers, a few kitabs (religious books) and some other books to a fully air-conditioned modern bookstore offering WiFi service. In the 1970s the bookstore was renamed Kedai Buku Ahmad Omar and later to Alam Akademik Sdn Bhd.

AA-tingkat bawah pelanggan-sMy grandfather, Ahmad Omar bought the shophouse more than 30 years ago but was forced to surrender the  land to the state government for only RM200, 000 (because of land acquisition)! Did we agree to such a low price for the freehold prime land right by the very main street of the town? Of course we did not; in fact my grandfather had never ever wanted to sell the shophouse for what ever price for the shophouse means so much to him. But what choice did he has when it came to land acquisition by the state government?

My grandparents complained the matter to the Terengganu Chief Minister (at the time), Tan Sri Wan Mokhtar Ahmad and he promised that the shophouses’ owners will be offered to buy new shophouses at a very special price (as part of the deal) to compensate our lost, as the RM200,000 paid to us was far below the market price at the time. He also promised us that the government will let us stay in the building until they provide us a new place in the area. Trusting that Tan Sri Wan Mokhtar’s words as official promises by the Terengganu state government, my grandfather did not make any further official complain. Furthermore as a strong UMNO supporter, my grandfather trusted the Barisan Nasional state government fully and never ever imagine that UMNO will disown their promises even though it was not made on paper!

AhmadOmar-SetPolMBMy grandfather used to work overseas for the first Malaysian Prime Minister YM Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj as a diplomat with minister’s status and later joined the politics as a state assemblyman and also as the political secretary to the (then) Chief Minister, Tan Sri Ibrahim Fikri. And for the sake of UMNO my grandfather had no choice but to accept the offer without making a legal complain.

On the 19th July, 2009, 34 shopkeepers in Jalan Bandar and Jalan Banggol, Kuala Terengganu (including Alam Akademik) received a notice from the Lembaga Tabung Amanah Warisan Negari Terengganu to vacate the shophouses before 13th August, 2009. [Read about it in my previous posting here] When we questioned the notice and the promises made by the state government years ago at the time we were forced to surrender our land to the state government for a mere RM200,000; they said that they are not responsible of providing us a place to move to and have the right to force us out since the land is now theirs. What happened to all of the sweet promises they made before?

going next and goneThe sad news was that the LTAWNT or the ’supposedly’  heritage board of the state of Terengganu  is planning to demolish the heritage row to widen the road and to build new building in the name of modernisation. Isn’t it odd that the heritage board do not seems to understand the value of heritage? When the other states of Malaysia such as Melaka, Pulau Pinang (Penang) and the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur are proud to restore their heritage buildings, the Terengganu heritage board looked at the heritage building as an eye sore. How sad…..Who can we trust to protect our heritage then? The heritage row is still standing strong and beautiful; and still fit for business. And what about the historical value of the building?

As Uncle Awang Goneng wrote in his blog ‘Kecek Kecek‘, ‘Now they are planning to pull down a row of shophouses in Kedai Payang, buildings that are more than a hundred years old that are still fit for purpose and need, at most, a tender loving touch and a coat of colour. Thus our history can be saved.’

stadium-bernama4The Terengganu state government had already destroyed lots of heritage  historical buildings to make way for new buildings. They claimed that they are building a modern ‘city’ and they do not want ‘old and shabby’ buildings in the city of Terengganu. If they are trying to say that the shophouses looked old and shabby, think again. It does NOT look shabby at all, in fact its quality is even better than the new ‘modern’ buildings which are facing problems (including those that collapsed) as we can see day after day. The state government should instead use the fund to restore and beautify the heritage row and protect the heritage historical building for its invaluable historical value to the people of Terengganu.

The reason why the government cannot see all these is because they are all money-driven. They are greedy and materialistic, all they think of is money, money, money. [see various comments on Kecek-kecek’s Mabuk Kepayang]  And not even one assemblyman nor their representatives (except one from the opposition party) came to visit us. It was reported in the newspaper that the Chief Minister Y.A.B. Dato’ Ahmad bin Said visited some villages and helped them to fix roofs and did all kinds of other things. But why can’t he meet us even once? asked CikguFauzi of MAMPAT (view here on Youtube as reported by http://buletinonline.net/ or as reported by NTV7)

HM bantah notis“He is a coward” said one of the shopowners during the many protests held. “Is he afraid of what people may think of him? He knew it was wrong of him to do what he is doing but who cares? He’ll get the money and it’s not him who will suffer… it’s us“. To all those out there who care enough for the heritage and history, please help us to preserve the place. You could ask help from organisations, NGOs or perhaps inform this to a person you know. The least you can do is perhaps to write about it and spread the message. You’ll never know how powerful words can be.

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Hari ini Lembaga Tabung Amanah Warisan Negeri Terenggganu (LTAWNT) mengeluarkan notis menghalau para peniaga di deretan kedai Jalan Bandar/Kg. Cina dan sebahagian Jalan Banggol/Paya Keladi untuk meruntuhkan bangunan yang bersejarah demi “pembangunan kompleks Paya Keladi”.

Notis bertarikh 13 Julai 2009 menyuruh para peniaga di kawasan terlibat keluar dalam masa 30 hari dari tarikh notis (walaupun notis hanya diserahkan kepada para peniaga pada hari ini 19 Julai 2009). Ini bermakna para peniaga hanya mempunyai lebih kurang 3 minggu untuk mengosongkan premis perniagaan mereka.

Jalan Kedai Payang

Nampaknya satu demi satu tapak dan premis bersejarah negeri Terengganu menyembah bumi demi pembangunan untuk membina tamadun.

Gambar di atas menunjuk (tanda X) dua bangunan bersejarah yang telahpun lama hilang dari muka bumi ini. Yang sebelah kiri kini adalah tempat letak kereta Pasar Payang manakala yang ditengah ialah Jam Besar yang amat bersejarah digantikan hanya dengan jalan berturap tar tanpa apa-apa erti kepada sejarah. Kini bangunan sebelah kanan (tanda panah) pula yang hendak dimusnakkan.

Ketika cuba mendapat maklumat lanjut dari LTAWNT tidak membuahkan apa-apa penjelasan kerana kesemuanya amat jelas tidak berani memberi komen. Walhal para peniaga tertanya-tanya apakah tindakan yang harus mereka ambil dalam tempoh yang amat singkat.

Ada peniaga yang telah mula menambahkan stok mereka bagi menyediakan kedatangan Ramadan dan sambutan Raya Aidil Fitri. Kebanyakkan mereka merungut bahawa di dalam suasana ekonomi yang amat tidak menggalakkan mereka berdepan pula dengan suasana paksaan kerajaan untuk berpindah.

Para sejarahwan mula bertanya kewajaran tindakan kerajaan. Malah mereka mempersoalkan pula lembaga untuk amanah warisan negeri tetapi memusnahkan warisan yang berharga. Di sinilah bermulanya para peniaga negeri Terengganu lebih seratus tahun lalu. Di sinilah terletaknya kedai-kedai yang bersejarah yang banyak disebut di dalam buku unik “Growing Up in Trengganu” karangan Awang Goneng (Wan Hulaimi). Malah, satu-satunya kedai yang masih kekal perniagaan asalnya dari mulanya masih bertapak di premis asalnya Alam Akademik Sdn Bhd. (Keda Pok Loh Yunang).

janganlah diroboh lagiTOLONG SELAMATKAN WARISAN-WARISAN YANG ADA DI TERENGGANU.

Sudah cukuplah satu demi satu bangunan bersejarah yang telah ranap menyembah bumi.

Jangan hanya berslogan:

Memahat Sejarah Mencipta Tamadun

tetapi bertindak secara:

Meruntuhkan Tamadun dengan Melupakan Sejarah

Kini tercapai sudah hasrat Kerajaan Negeri Terengganu untuk mengadakan sebuah Taman Rekreasi dan Mini Zoo untuk rakyatnya. Taman yang baru dibuka pada 11 April 2009 tersebut terletak di Kampung Ibok/Bukit Takal (sesetengah mengejanya dengan Bukit Takar).

Dalam pada mengendalikan blog Alam Akademik (kedai buku tertua di Terengganu), saya dapati carian yang tertinggi yang melungsuri blog tersebut dalam beberapa hari ini ialah mencari lokasi dan peta Mini Zoo tersebut. Setelah saya sendiri membuat carian yang sama saya dapati tidak ada laman yang menyediakan panduan sedemikian dalam internet [termasuk laman rasmi dan tidak rasmi kerajaan]. Demi untuk kemudahan mereka dan orang ramai di masa kan datang, saya sediakan di bawah ini:

peta-lokasi-zoo-kemaman2[klik pada peta untuk imej yang lebih besar]

simpang-kijal-ke-zooUntuk ke sana, bagi mereka yang tinggal di Cukai mungkin tidak mempunyai sebarang masalah.

Bagi mereka dari luar, kalau dari utara [melalui jalan pantai – Jalan Persekutuan Laluan 3] boleh belok ke kanan [Laluan T6] di persimpangan lampu isyarat selepas pekan Titian Berayung, Kijal. Terdapat papantanda besar di tepi jalan. Terus dengan Laluan T6 melepasi Kg. Bukit Anak Dara dan Kampung Jong Berlabuh hingga ke persimpangan Laluan T13, belok kanan. Di Laluan T13, selepas ‘pekan’ Kg. Ibok terus ke Laluan T131.

kelip-kelip-yah-yahDari sini, anda tidak akan terlepas zoo tersebut yang terletak kira-kira 5km dari kawasan kelip-kelip Sungai Yak-Yah – satu lagi tempat menarik di Kemaman.

signage-zoo-kemamanKalau dari selatan, apabila memasuki bandar Cukai, anda akan belok ke kiri ke Jalan Air Putih [Laluan T8] di persimpangan “digital” [itu yang dipanggil oleh orang Kemamang – yang mempunyai jangkamasa digital lampu hijau/merah]. Kira-kira 2km terdapat persimpangan lampu isyarat ke kanan [Laluan T131] untuk ke Kg. Mak Chili dan Kg Ibok.

Taman Rekreasi dan Mini Zoo [sepatutnya Zoo Mini – para pakar bahasa tolong tegur!] Kemaman terletak di sebelah kanan sekitar 5-6km dari persimpangan tersebut.

pintu-masuk-zooPintu masuk utama jelas menandakan tempat yang anda cari. Tempat letak kereta terletak di sebelah kiri seberang jalan. Saya tertanya juga bagaimana mereka hendak pastikan keselamatan para pengunjung yang terpaksa melintasi jalan besar yang agak sunyi dan membolehkan pemandu yang lalu memecut laju.

Pada hari perasmian terdapat deretan kereta sepanjang hampir satu kilometer di kiri kanan bahu jalan walaupun di kawasan letak kereta nampak masih kosong.

Gambar-gambar diambil sekitar pukul 12 tengahari [kami tidak singgah kerana mengejar masa untuk ke Majlis Hari Perkasa Ilmu di SMK Barul Alam Shah, Kemasek] – majlis perasmian pembukaan zoo oleh MB Dato’ Ahmad Said dikatakan bermula jam 10.30 [bermakna kami melalui kawasan tersebut sekitar satu jam setengah selepas perasmian – sepatutnya itulah waktu kemuncak bilangan pelawat].

deretan-kereta

Jangan nanti zoo ini jadi projek gajah putih – bukan kerana ada gajah putih di dalamnya tetapi kerana kekurangan pelawat dan tidak diselenggara dengan baik [sepertimana kebanyakan projek-projek yang gah pada awalnya dipenuh rumput lalang dan semak tidak sampai setahun selepas itu].

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