A festival celebrating Petaling Street's history will be held over the Merdeka weekend.
Entitled “Merdeka Festival 2012: Goodbye to KL”, it is aimed at creating an awareness of heritage locations around the Petaling Street area.
The event will be held along Jalan Sultan on Merdeka Day tomorrow and Saturday, featuring talks, tourist walks, film screenings and various performances.
Personalities such as DAP-Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun, urban artist Long Thien Shih and local filmmaker Amir Muhammad will contribute to the event.
The event’s organisers, social activist group RakanKL added: “These events hope to invite people and tourists back to enjoy the city before more memorable heritage buildings and places disappear in the name of development.”
Although not expressly mentioned, it is believed that the event is a reaction to the ongoing My Rapid Transit (MRT) development undertaken there.
Recently, the federal government has pushed for the 51km Sungai Buloh-Kajang MRT line to be built; with one of its stations located in the area.
The ensuing construction, which will involve underground tunnelling, will affect several landowners, some of whom worry that their buildings will be forcibly acquired or demolished as a result.
MRT Corp – the project’s owners – are currently negotiating with landowners there to prevent this from happening.
Also, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has promised that none of the privately-owned buildings there will be demolished.
For more information on tomorrow’s festival, check out its Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/176888362446126/