A feng shui tour of the Klang Valley #39

The Kuala Lumpur valley is a subset of the Klang Valley. This is not an official term so you will probably read of it for the first time here. Landform feng shui takes into account every hill and valley, undulating terrain, river and stream to determine to determine their influence.

The Titiwangsa range of Peninsular Malaysia originates from the Himalayas. Energy from Mount Everest flows along the ranges, including Malaysia, to reach valleys and lowlands.

Mountain ranges are not a continuous wall of mountains. They comprise a series of hills and mountains. Some are joined by ridges and some are separated by dips and valleys. Each mountain and hill also radiate tentacle-like ridges, like an octopus. Between these ridges, there are also small pocket valleys which can also collect energy.

The Klang Valley is created when two arms branch out from Bukit Tinggi. One arm heads toward Rawang and the other goes south to Klang. This southern claw is not a continuous range. At Bukit Ampang, it runs through Bukit Teratai and Taman Mawar and ends at Taman Perdana.

If you drive along Jalan Kuari to Taman Mawar, you will find the road going on a steady incline up to Jalan Bukit before going downhill dramatically. Believe it or not, you have just crossed a ridge and entered the Kuala Lumpur valley. Jalan Bukit is actually a ridge that forms the boundary.

The southern arm of the Klang Valley resumes beyond the valley, starting with Ketumbar Hills. That is another story for another day.

The hilly terrain of the housing estates in this part of town – Saga, Bukit Teratai, Mega Jaya, Seraya, Muda, Mastika, Mawar and Kencana – is unmistakable. The roads are constantly undulating; houses and shops are built along terraces; condominiums and apartments are often found on hillslopes.

Judging by the large number of little “taman” here, one can surmise that property developers had a feeding frenzy during the property boom prior to the 1997 financial crisis. There is an estate in every nook and cranny, never mind that it taxes the already strained feeder and main roads servicing the area. Small wonder then, that traffic was, and still is, horrendous during peak hours.

Despite the high density of housing and commercial lots here, the entire area has a predominantly low-end image. Many properties look rundown and unkempt, even in states of disrepair.

There is a vibrant commercial centre in Taman Muda but that aside, the whole area lacks an upmarket image. Could property values here be suffering from traffic jam problems? Could Pandan Indah’s commercial centre have drawn life and activity away from these estates? Could it be poor town planning that neglected to allocate land for shopping malls and commercial centres?

These are all plausible reasons. Population dynamics is such that people are both predictable and unpredictable. They respond predictably to certain conditions and yet may act inexplicably under different situations.

From a geomancy perspective, this state of affairs comes as no surprise. It is never advisable to build homes, shops, offices or factories on hilltops and slopes. Sceptics would say this is nothing new: it is only common sense at work. Hilltop and hillside developments run the risk of landslides.

Yet, is it not sad that so many people abandon common sense. To this day, property developers are still trying hard to build houses and condominiums on hill slopes, and worse, they are encouraged by buyers willing to pay for a prestigious address and a good view. We wonder if they are paying too high a price.

Unstable land is only one reason for discouraging development on slopes that exceed 45 degrees. Energy flows from high land to valleys. The steeper the angle of decline, the faster it flows. Unlike in plains and valleys, there is no chance for the energy to slow down and collect as gentle pools of homogenous energy.

Fast moving energy is harmful. This is why competent geomancers advise their clients against constructing buildings that face uphill. Such buildings are in the path of oncoming energy, flooding into the building via the main entrance.

The location of the main entrance is important because this is the entry point for living energy into the building: via the constant movement of people in and out of the building. This is a significant point and geomancers constantly use that as one of the reference points for their audits.

Occupants of properties that face uphill (front entrance facing the hill) are likely to struggle constantly. It may not be just money problems. There could be health problems, work troubles, family squabbles, divorces, extramarital affairs, gambling, drinking, drugs abuse and so on.

Sadly, the longer they stay there, the more likely their condition would deteriorate. It becomes harder for them financially, to move out.

Properties that face downhill are better sheltered since the main entrance is protected from the oncoming energy flow. As the energy flows around and past the buildings, some may collect at the sheltered side.

This means, the occupants may actually enjoy some measure of success. However, due to the constantly moving energy, such success is always temporary. It may be easy to make a lot of money but it would be just as easy to lose it as well. Easy come, easy go. Sometimes, the losses could even cancel out the gains.

Although they are relatively better than their counterparts in uphill facing properties, their best option would still be to move out. Stay there temporarily and make hay as the sun shines. Once you have enough to leave, move on to a better place.
As we travel along these housing estates, we can see the dilapidated states of several apartments perched on the hill. We are certain that they started off sparkling clean and classy-looking. The occupants were probably excited about the spectacular view of Kuala Lumpur as well. If anything, the Kuala Lumpur skyline has become more attractive but what happened here then?

Is it due to poor management or recalcitrant occupants? Perhaps so but as our tour continues, we will find this to be a common phenomenon among developments on hill slopes.

The same goes with houses, shops and offices. If one were to construct buildings on a slope, it is best to have them face downhill. Where possible, the road should be laid on the outer edge so that houses and apartments can be located on the inside.

Unfortunately, this is often not done as developers want to save cost and maximise returns. They prefer to build one road and have it service buildings on both sides instead of just one. So, half their customers bear the brunt and pay a high price.

It is our hope that armed with this knowledge our readers would be more discerning when making their purchases. If the public refuse to buy property that are potentially harmful to them, developers will be forced to build properties that comply with geomancy principles.

Properties at Taman Saga, Taman Melur, Taman Bukit Teratai and Taman Mawar are likely to do well if they face west towards the Kerayong River. More importantly, facing west generally puts the high land to their rear.

Properties located on steep slopes – look at the road, not the levelled terraces on which they are built – will find the inhabitants doing well and yet experience fleeting success. They are better off than their neighbours across the road. We can see this by the general appearance and upkeep of the houses.

Taman Muda and Taman Kencana are moderately sloped as the land – still undulating – levels out a little. Properties facing west ought to be well as the Kerayong River is located there, parallel to the Middle Ring Road 2. In fact, closer to the river, the land tends to flatten out into a plain.

Properties facing east, on the other hand, may find things a little rough. The next best alternative is to face north, to parallel the river’s flow. The roads of Taman Kencana are a mix of perpendicular and parallel roads in relation to the river. Thus, half of these properties – those facing the ideal directions – ought to do well.

In all these instances, there are also smaller factors such as the curvature of roads (the embracing side is more beneficial than the outer elbow), the location of large drains and oxidation ponds, and high-tension cables.

Further west beyond the Middle Ring Road 2, there are Taman Cheras Indah (which we covered in a previous article), Pandan Perdana, Taman Kobena, Taman Bukit Ria and Taman Pertama. These housing estates are located within the embrace of the Kerayong River. The impact of the river depends on its proximity to the housing estates.
Pandan Perdana, being closest to the highway and the start of the river, is characterised by numerous apartment buildings – Ascadia, Lake View, Danau Pandan, Pandan Terrace, Perdana Villa, Vista Perdana, Bukit Pandan, Taman Bukit Ria and Pandan Height – and a commercial centre.

There are also some terraced houses found between the clusters of apartments and the commercial centre. The Safari Lagoon is probably one of the more noticeable landmarks from the highway.

The most ideal orientation for properties here is north to follow the river’s flow and roughly face the bend of the river’s embrace. Another good orientation is eastward to face the river. However, that also means such a building has its back to the same river after the bend. Nevertheless, it is quite a distance away and the effect may not be very drastic.

Taman Pertama and Taman Kobena are closer to the Kerayong River located north of these estates. The river at this point curves and embraces the area even more, and is fed by smaller tributaries (monsoon drains now, perhaps).

Therefore a west-facing direction is probably more ideal. If buildings here were to face the first bend at Taman Maju Jaya (northeast), they would be going against the river flow. The slight undulating terrain on the east also makes a compelling reason to face west.

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