A feng shui tour of the Klang Valley #16

As we move further along Jalan Pudu, we come to an intersection with Jalan Sungai Besi and Jalan Pasar. Jalan Pasar is connected to Pudu Plaza via Jalan Landak, and sits on higher ground. The sloping terrain here and on Jalan Seladang is very obvious.

In such a configuration, buildings in the vicinity of Jalan Landak with their backs to Jalan Pasar, tend to enjoy a conducive environment. Their backs are on higher ground than their fronts and they also face the “tai sui hum”, not to mention the Klang/Ampang River further away. I would not be surprised if businesses on this side of the road are thriving.
Alas, those on the opposite side may experience rocky times or have fleeting success that lasts for only one generation. Their backs are turned towards the rivers and on a downward slope.

Jalan Pasar is quite well-known among electronics enthusiasts looking to buy components and parts on the cheap at shops here. It is also renowned for cheap electrical goods and aquarium shops. Is it not a strange, interesting and unlikely coincidence that most of these popular shops are located on the same side of the road?
This side of the road also happens to be facing the downhill slopes of Jalan Landak and Jalan Seladang. Shops here also happen to be in an embracing concave of Jalan Pasar. Is it really a happenstance or is it the force of nature at work, collecting energy at ideal landforms and attracting people to their pools, like how an oasis in the desert would attract dwellers and traders?

Behind these shops is another landmark for which Jalan Pasar is renowned: the Pasar Road wet market. This is where the road derived its name: Pasar is the Malay word for market.
The market enjoys very good energy. It is located in a wedge-shaped piece of land formed by Jalan Pasar Baharu (which is parallel to Jalan Pasar and likewise curves in an embrace of the market), Jalan Pudu and Jalan Yew.
This is why, we believe, people are attracted to this place. With or without our knowing it, our human nature is to congregate or come together at pools of homogenous, gentle energy.
Even in the old days, the market used to be one of the main trading places for tin during the Industrial Revolution. Incidentally back then, this was also considered part of the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, much like what Selayang is today.
The Jalan Yew roundabout is relatively new. It was constructed when the Loke Yew flyover was built to join Jalan Sungai Besi to Jalan Tun Razak, and form part of the middle ring road encircling Kuala Lumpur.

Apart from noise and air pollution, the heavy traffic zipping along these main roads also affects local wind patterns and also stirs up dust. Is it any surprise that buildings close to the flyovers and ramps tend to have a dirty, rundown appearance?

The road realignment of Jalan Yew caused a sharp reduction of car parking spaces. Car parks along the sides of the road were sacrificed to make room for moving traffic. This, in turn, caused traffic jams as people struggled to find adequate parking. Funny, how a solution ends up being in the same shoes at the original problem.

And worse, local businesses suffer more because their patrons are unable to stop or finding parking nearby. We can see this in many places in the city. Thus, even without considering geomancy, highways and widened thoroughfares exert a detrimental effect on nearby homes and businesses.

Federal Bakery, located alongside Jalan Sungai Besi and the Loke Yew flyover, used to be one of the top bakeries in the country. The bread vendors of yesteryear would carry a large variety of their confections, to the delight of children and homemakers. Today, trendier brands, positioned as healthier breads, have overtaken Federal in terms of popularity.

Behind Federal Bakery, there is a building that housed Mara subsidiary, Kayu Sedia Sdn Bhd, and the Government Printers. The former is now history, made defunct in 2001. Along Jalan Sungei Besi, there was the Malayan Tobacco Company along with a row of shops that were very prosperous … until the Yew roundabout and Tun Razak flyover were constructed. What happened to them?

We are not privy to the corporate goings-on and strategies of these companies, and their fortunes could be attributed to economic conditions, changing tastes and lifestyles, management and so forth. It could be pure coincidence that changes in landform – the flyover creates a higher landform; fast flowing traffic generates strong winds and disperses energy – also indicate a less-than-conducive environment.
In this vicinity, there used to be two cinemas – Kam Wah and Star (“Sing Kong” in Cantonese) – that are no longer around. Both of them sat on a slope with a slanting back, and they also located in an area that was infested with gangsters. I remember a time when unfortunate cinema patrons used to be relieved of a few dollars and their watches!

This, and the home video revolution, could have caused the demise of these cinemas. Then again, from a geomantic perspective, it could have been a “perfect storm” of negative influences. The cinemas faced the wrong direction, the location has a tendency to attract bad hats and the traffic patterns prevented energy from gathering.
Could putting up some wind chimes or mirrors and symbols alleviate the situation? Hardly! Ancient feng shui texts never made any mention of placing objects as a cure for bad feng shui. Geomancy is a science related to the flow of natural energy and how this energy is affected by wind and water (such as rivers and seas).

In ancient times, man had limited means to change the landform. Thus, the sages would travel far and wide to find landforms that are ideal. Homes and even entire townships would be align