A feng shui tour of the Klang Valley #12


Jalan Tun Razak is an important part of Kuala Lumpur’s road system. As the middle ring road surrounding the city, it is responsible for drawing huge volumes of traffic from the city centre, or help travellers bypass the centre if they wish to drive from one end to the other.
In fact, it was formerly known as Jalan Pekeliling, a literal translation of the original name Circular Road, an apt name to indicate its function.

As the city grew, traffic volume exceeded its capacity and traffic jams became a major and persistent feature of Jalan Tun Razak. Traffic entering and leaving the city are constantly stuck at the Putra World Trade Centre and Jalan Ampang.

Efforts were made to ease traffic by constructing flyovers at roundabouts and traffic light intersections. A second middle-ring road was constructed with a wider radius to take some of the load.
Technically, Jalan Tun Razak begins at the end of Jalan Chan Sow Lin in the Sungai Besi area south of the city. It meanders through the industrial section of Chan Sow Lin, past several rows of shops in the busy Jalan Pasar area until it reaches the Kampung Pandan roundabout.

From there, it becomes a full-fledged thoroughfare – and the busy congested road we have come to know and dread.
For our tour, we will explore the segment from Kampung Pandan up to Sungai Klang/Ampang. This is a particularly busy stretch and connects travellers to the Golden Triangle and Kuala Lumpur City Centre.
By its very design, Jalan Tun Razak is a curved road. That means it has the effect of an embracing arm like a river. Businesses and residences within this embrace on the concave side tend to enjoy better energy than those on the convex side.

Furthermore, the Klang River forms another embrace as it merges with the Ampang River in the north and the Gombak River in the west. Small wonder then, that the Golden Triangle is a busy and coveted place for doing business. Property rentals tend to be expensive here.
However, there are hot and cold spots here: some places tend to do well while others fare worse and cannot command sky-high rentals much as the landlords desire to.

At the roundabout, we find one of the exits of the Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (SMART).  On side of the road, there are several businesses in the vicinity, such as Jemina Filem, Wisma Time, Menara AA, The Forum and Wisma Technip. Across the road, there is the Ciao Restaurante and RHB Centre.
If you observe carefully, Jalan Tun Razak is relatively straight here so the effect of a concave or convex road does not come into play here. In any case, if roads alone determine the geomantic forces at work, the case would be cut-and-dry: businesses on one side will boom because they face the concave while the convex side will be vexed by poor business. That is not so.

In feng shui we first look at the landscape to determine the dragon. Where are the highlands and mountains? Of course, the big picture shows highlands embracing the entire Klang Valley.

Next, we look at the rivers, as “between two rivers there is a mountain; between two mountains there is a river”. Thus by “mountain”, we do not mean it is something enormous and by “river”, there does not have to be water.
The rivers that can influence the area here are the Klang/Ampang River (north), the Klang/Gombak River (west); the “tai sui hum” stream in the Pudu area near Plaza Pudu and a little stream that runs between Istana Perlis and Istana Terengganu and into the Royal Selangor Golf Club.

Properties facing the Royal Selangor Golf Club have their backs to the embracing Klang River. They also face upstream in parallel and relation to the Klang/Ampang River. This is generally not very conducive for businesses and homes.

Where a building’s entrance parallels a river, its entrance should face downstream. Those that face upstream tend to suffer from mental or emotional health. You may call it stress, mental breakdown, lapses of sanity or whatever. Feng shui texts and even tajul muluk – the ancient Malay form of geomancy – specify that buildings should not parallel upstream rivers (against the river flow).

One solution would be to change the entrances to face the opposite side. However, this may not be practical or desirable. Aesthetically, the view may not be that great or impressive. Another alternative is to have the entrances face south in parallel with the downstream flow of the Klang/Gombak River.

RHB Centre and Ciao both face the embracing river and should do well, if the owners are mindful of the hotspots that may need to be enhanced or mitigated as necessary.

As Jalan Tun Razak passes the Jalan Bukit Bintang intersection, the curvature becomes more obvious at certain points, such as the Regal House where the Cycle & Carriage showroom is located, at the intersection with Jalan U Thant.

Its location at the convex of the road would appear to be ill-advised and to some extent, this is not very conducive. On the other hand, this direction also faces the Klang/Gombak River and runs in parallel with Klang/Ampang River. These are two plus points in its favour. Nonetheless, mitigation should be done to reduce the effect of the convex-shaped road.

Jalan Tun Razak straightens again after this curve and goes in a line until it intersects with Jalan Ampang. Along this stretch, we find the Singapore High Commission on one side, along with Wisma Tan & Tan, Desa Kuda Lari residences snuggled behind it, Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) and Menara LUTH. Across the road, there are the Lincoln Resources Centre, the United States Embassy, Menara See Hoy Chan, Micasa All-suites further inside, the Court and the Crescent residences.

Since the road is straight, it has the same effect on both sides. The river has a stronger influence: properties facing west enjoy the embracing Klang/Gombak River and is parallel with the downstream flow of Klang/Ampang River. Further to the east, there are the highlands at their backs. So, businesses and homes on the Ampang side of Jalan Tun Razak facing the road enjoy good energy and should prosper.

Properties facing the opposite direction may want to consider aligning their entrances to face the other side or southwards to parallel the flow of Klang/Gombak River.

At the Jalan Ampang intersection, we find Ampang Park and MIDF on one side and Plaza Ampang (formerly Yow Chuan Plaza), City Square, Crown Princess Hotel/Empire Tower and Vista Damai Condo on the other.

Ampang Park is one of the older shopping complexes in Kuala Lumpur and has had its ups and downs. The building faces south which gives it a mixed influence with regards to the river. While it parallels the flow of Klang/Gombak River further to the west, its back is towards the nearby embracing curve of the Klang/Ampang River. It would probably enjoy better energy if its entrance is realigned to face north. However, considering the building’s design, that is easier said than done. Still, mitigation is possible and should be considered.

The Plaza Ampang side enjoys a more conducive energy pool. Buildings here parallel the river up north and face the river in the west. The highland is to their rear. I would caution that the entrances should be properly located to this direction. Sometimes, for the sake of expediency, entrances are located at the rear to ease access from the car park – this should be done with Ampang Park, I reckon, but not on the Plaza Ampang side.

I am somewhat concerned that Vista Damai sits smack at the convex of the road, as it could neutralise or overcome the good that comes from sitting parallel to the downstream river.

Jalan Tun Razak curves again at Jalan Yap Kwan Seng. Menara Asia Life is aligned to face the embracing Klang/Ampang River directly. This is a very good idea. However, it is also very close to the convex of the road and that may have a negating impact if mitigation is not done.

We have to mention at this juncture that our tour is currently the macro view that helps us determine if a particular area is conducive in terms of collecting and harnessing gentle pools of homogenous energy. Buildings with the right configuration will have a lot of positives going for them and the occupants who work or dwell there.

However, at the micro level, we must also consider the interior layout and suitability of the location to each occupant. Therefore, the fortunes of individuals will differ and require a closer investigation or audit by a qualified feng shui practitioner.

Please do not go about throwing a fit if you read that an area is “good” but somehow prosperity seems to be elusive, or that an area is supposed to be bad and yet you’re defying the odds and succeeding.
Feng shui is about striking the right balance and living in harmony with nature. To do so, we must look at the macro view (in relation to landform) and then drill down to the micro (in relation to the occupants).

You can have a “very well-tuned” house but if it sits in a non-conducive location or position, you could inadvertently cancel out the good you have done. Your success may be short-lived; you may be able to see and sniff the money but not attain it; you may get the money but not keep it or be able to pass it on to future generations.

You can have a good location or position but if your home is not optimised to you, the same thing may happen.

Our series of articles merely propose that landowners, architects and developers should pay heed to the macro aspect of feng shui in developing their properties. They can increase their chances of success and their clients can enjoy harmony and prosperity.

Happy and prosperous clients will no doubt continue to support future projects by the same parties. It is a win-win situation!

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