Welcome again now the picture that you see, it is the joining of two rivers on your right is the Klang river and on your left is the Gombak river. Kuala Lumpur’s name means estuary of mud so on your left that you see there is a river flowing that is called the Gombak river. It used to have an old name, the old name for this river was called the Lumpur or mud river. Today, sometimes if it rains and you will see a lot of mud flowing through the Gombak river and when it meets with Klang river you will see a line of different color-forming so maybe it could be since that day they found a lot of mud flowing through this river, they call it as the muddy estuary and that gives birth to the name Kuala Lumpur.
These rivers flow to the straits of Malacca The whole thing started to become heated up when sultan Sulaiman of Selangor passed away. There was a bit of shakiness that took place so a power struggle happened. Kuala Lumpur then starting to become more prosperous so when money is produced then there is an urgency to conquer the land or they say the love of money is the root of all evil, not the money itself but the love of money so there was a struggle going on. I mentioned the Sutan Puasa who invited the Chinese people to come and open a sundry shop in Kuala Lumpur started the business. The head man was called Kapitan.
Hiew Siew Fist Kapitan
The word Kapitan China was not a new word it was practiced by the Portuguese who colonized Malacca in 1511. They named the Chinese head man the Kapitan. Hiew Siew was the first Kapitan in Kuala Lumpur who started the sundry shop later Old market square. The business was thriving in Kuala Lumpur and Klang which is about an hour from Kuala Lumpur driving now if you are coming to Kuala Lumpur using the cruise the vessel will birth in Klang from there to travel to the city center will take about an hour. In the early days, ie 100 years ago by boat, it will take about seven days to row from river mount which is the strait of Malacca to come to the inner land of Kuala Lumpur.
Money to be made
What happened then, when they saw there is money to be made in Kuala Lumpur (not Kuala Lumpur itself the neighboring area the peripheral area Kuala Lumpur was the collection center). A particular caliber man Raja Abdullah and Raja Jumaat who is the elder brother, these two men. Skilled in tin mining became a very rich man in Lukut. Lukut is somewhere going southwards might take about one hour one and a half hour to reach there. the Selangor map itself was bigger than what you see today so Lukut was a tin mining town so this Raja Jumaat became a rich man there and he knew how to do tin mining efficiently.
The sultan when gave to Raja Abdullah the area of Kuala Lumpur to look for more tin prospecting. Raja Jumaat got well able men and formed a team for mining. He needed money so went to Malacca and looked for investors. The Chinese Baba collective investors are willing to give 30 000 straight dollars. Raja Abdullah took 87 men and said come let’s go explore a new opportunity so they travel by boat and they came to Kuala Lumpur. The picture that you see exactly on your right where the two rivers joining that is the embarkment in 1857 the 87 Chinese tin miner that was bought by Raja Abdullah. They disembarked at that bank and started to walk.
If you go further on the river you have to carry the boat it was the river was shallow. They didn’t disembark on your left which was a swampy land so they decided on the right and they got down and started to walk North which is Ampang area. The word Ampang means DAM which means where you collect and retain water for tin mining. Tin mining area was been opened here. Tropical rainforest tree was cut then they have to do cleaning the place. What happened to the 87 Chinese tin miners listen watch the virtual tour.