A feng shui tour of the Klang Valley #26

In our previous instalment, we began our tour of Jalan Ipoh and got as far as Kampung Kasipillay. As you drive towards the city centre, you will notice that buildings on the left tend to do better than the right.

This is likely due to the fact that they face Batu River and could tap into the gentle pools of homogenous energy gathered near the river. Buildings with their backs to the river are likely to struggle in business or enjoy only short-term success.
The New Cloud Hotel along Jalan Ipoh seems to do roaring business. It reputedly sells its rooms six times over in a day! Jalan Ipoh also has many businesses dealing with tiles and auto spare parts. There are also many car dealers here. This could be a natural gravitation toward the large number of car workshops and showrooms in the nearby Segambut area, where Tan Chong Motor, EON, Toyota, Suzuki, BMW and KIA have a strong presence.

Further along Jalan Ipoh, we come to the Dynasty Hotel. This is a very unique complex as it contains both a hotel and a condominium, the Golden City Condominium. The hotel opens into Jalan Ipoh while the condo’s entrance is located at the back on Jalan 1/64. In terms of feng shui, the condo’s entrance has a better orientation, since it faces Batu River.
The Grand Pacific Hotel has been in business for many years despite appearing to sit on the “wrong” side of the road. It was one of the top three-star hotels in Kuala Lumpur and enjoyed good business. In its early days, the hotel’s entrance faced the confluence where the Putra World Trade Centre is currently situated.
Then, Jalan Tun Razak was upgraded to become part of the Middle Ring Road. Interchanges and flyovers were built, one of which obscured the hotel’s entrance. The entrance now opened into an exit ramp for Jalan Tun Razak.

To start with, the presence of a highway is not very good. The strong winds created by fast moving traffic are similar to that of train tracks. To make things worse, the hotel changed its entrance to face Jalan Ipoh, away from the confluence. Presently, the hotel is changing its entrance yet again.

A river’s influence is determined by its proximity to a property. Where a confluence is concerned, there are two rivers and the effects will be determined by the location. If a property faces one river, its back would be turned against another river. This can negate or reduce the benefits of the river’s energy pool. Hence, it is recommended to face the confluence as this direction means the entrance follows both rivers’ flow downstream.

If we take a bird’s eye view of this area, we will find a small river – converted into a huge monsoon drain now – called Sungai Untut running through Sentul and joining Gombak River. This river curves away from the properties of Jalan Ipoh, putting the latter on the outer convex side. This is more likely to make matters worse for “wrong” facing properties of Jalan Ipoh. This could explain why buildings on the right side, facing northeast, seem to fare poorer than those on the left.

From the same bird’s eye view, we can also see that Gombak River converges with Batu River near the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC). That means, on an even larger scale, properties here at Jalan Ipoh sit at a confluence, which is excellent, provided the orientation is correct. In this case, the ideal orientation is southeast.

Unfortunately, few properties, if any, have this orientation. Those on the right have their backs to Batu River and worse, face upstream to Gombak River. This is a double whammy as buildings here not only experience rollercoaster fortunes but the occupants may also have mental instability. The opposite left side of the road fares a little better. They face Batu River and follow the flow of Gombak River. Just observe for yourself and test this hypothesis, if you wish.

At the actual confluence, there is Jalan Rahmat which runs parallel to Jalan Ipoh. The Malaysian Indian Congress headquarters is located here at Menara Manickavasagam. Down the road, there is the Leo Palace Hotel.
Buildings facing southwest enjoy good energy as they face Batu River and follow the flow of Gombak River. Those facing northeast in the direction of Jalan Ipoh, and northwest in the direction of Jalan Tun Razak, are not as good: their backs are against one river and they face upstream to another. Since most buildings in the Jalan Rahmat area are not ideally oriented, it is not surprising to find it has an under-developed feel to it, lost amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.

The main street of Jalan Ipoh up to the bridge across Gombak River has the same situation. Those on the left such as Wisma Wira and Wisma Yap Huihong are quite ideally positioned if their entrances open in a southwest direction into Jalan Ipoh. Buildings across the road, such as Perkim, Tabung Haji and UMNO Selangor, would probably do better if their entrances are realigned appropriately.

Across the Gombak River, the left side of Jalan Ipoh continues to be conducive as buildings here follow the flow of the river, while the opposite side are against the river flow. As described in ancient texts, buildings that face upstream attract “detritus” that cloud one’s mental judgement. It causes mental unrest and instability.

So it is with other buildings that parallel Jalan Ipoh here, namely Jalan Datuk Haji Eusoff, Jalan Lumut and Jalan Pangkor. Business will be good on one side and bad on the other.

On the other side of Jalan Ipoh, there is Jalan Ipoh Kecil that runs in a peculiar direction. On one end, it parallels Jalan Ipoh and later it curves to parallel Jalan Raja Laut. This is where the old Ipoh Road market used to be located. Today, there are many shophouses built in seemingly haphazard directions. Here, there are also some condominiums, such as Levender, Bistari, Begonia and Putra Court.

This section of town is bordered by Jalan Ipoh (north), Jalan Raja Laut (east), Jalan Putra (south) and the Gombak River (west). The river actually curves and embraces this area, making it a good location, provided the buildings’ entrances are in the right place.

We really cannot go into specifics here as the roads curve and bend. Generally, a northwest direction is good because it directly faces the river. A westerly direction is also good as it either faces the concave of the river or roughly follows the flow. Southwest and south are good, too, as they follow the river flow. Therefore, there are plenty of options here to tap into the landform’s energy.

The Putra World Trade Centre and UMNO headquarters complex are located at Jalan Tun Ismail off Jalan Tun Razak. Batu River makes a dramatic bend and embraces this complex just before it joins Gombak River. The Batu-Gombak confluence would have been a more ideal site for the best feng shui, but the PWTC site is not too bad either.
However, the feng shui can be further improved. Its main entrance opens into Jalan Tun Ismail and Hentian Putra. This puts the back of the building to the river, and it is also against the river flow, neither of which is good.

On the plus side, the PWTC also has another entrance that opens into the Best Western Premier Seri Pacific Hotel. This follows the flow of the river, which is good. This door used to be locked except for times when events are held.
This could explain the erratic fortunes of the nation’s big ruling party. After all, it was not long after UMNO moved its headquarters to the PWTC that it faced a fractious internal struggle that ended up with its dissolution by the Registrar of Societies. Then-president Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed had to reconstitute UMNO Baru or New UMNO to revive the party’s fortunes.

A few years back, UMNO endured another crisis when Tun Dr Mahathir sacked his deputy, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, which again threatened to split the party. Could all these just be mere coincidence or political ambition, or could the energy and landform have influenced it?

The Seri Pacific enjoys very conducive energy as it follows the flow of the river. On the other hand, The Mall and the Legend Hotel should make some modifications so that their alignment follows the river flow. Both the mall and hotel’s entrances currently face against the river flow.

Apart from mental disturbances, businesses here are likely to experience tough times. Success would require a lot of effort and, if attained, be temporary. Businesses could also last just one generation.

The presence of the Light Rapid Transit (LRT) may also affect the energy pools by the river. As we discussed in previous articles, trains and monorails create a wind tunnel which tends to disperse energy. This prevents good, gentle and homogenous energy from accumulating.

Look at it this way: The Mall has many plus points going for it, business-wise. There are two five-star hotels in its immediate vicinity. The world-class PWTC convention centre is just across the road. There are two condominiums – Villa Puteri and Villa Putera – next door.

There is Hentian Putra which carries busloads of people to and from Kuala Lumpur, plus an LRT station just beside it. The Registrar of Business is located within the shopping mall itself. It is also strategically located in a very busy part of town.

Should it not be doing roaring business? Should it not attract an upmarket clientele? We could be wrong, but there is a strong possibility that landform feng shui influenced its fortunes. As such, mitigation work could be required.

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