Klang Valley Feng Shui Series: Article 6: ROYAL ROAD


A feng shui tour of the Klang Valley: #6


Our feng shui tour of properties today will track along Jalan Raja Chulan in Kuala Lumpur. We covered a portion of it in a previous article where the road bordered Bukit Nanas.
Raja Chulan was a member of the Perak royal family who played a part in the formation of the Federated Malay States (Persekutuan Tanah Melayu) in 1896 which led to the eventual creation of Malaysia. YAM Raja Sir Chulan ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdullah Muhammad Shah Habibullah was also a member of the Federal Law Committee in 1924, way before Independence.
To commemorate his contribution to the nation, Weld Road was renamed after him in 1982. It was first named after Sir Frederick Weld in 1960. He was a governor of the Straits Settlements from 1880 to 1887, who took a great interest in developing Tanah Melayu, especially Taiping. Kuala Sepetang was originally called Port Weld.
Incidentally, The Weld shopping complex – the first shopping mall in the nation – got its name from this colonial benefactor. It is a little sad that we wantonly disregard the contributions of others just because they came from a different era or administration. Rather than embrace history, we choose to whitewash or rewrite it.
This is similar to what happens to our environment. We ignore nature and impose our will on it: there is a price to pay when we violate laws. Since feng shui is a science derived from observing nature and conforming to it, any dwelling or building that violates its principles is likely to suffer from it as well.
It could affect the harmony among occupants within the building: there could be fights, discord and arguments; health; support and wealth.

Jalan Raja Chulan runs along a swath of land on the concave side, south of the Klang River. Buildings on this side of the river generally do well, as the river deflects like a parabolic dish and collects a gentle pool of homogenous energy in an embracing fashion.
Buildings that back the Klang River are generally not favourable and may even experience harm because it is steeped in energy but the energy is unable to enter the building via its entrance.
Many buildings along Jalan Raja Chulan, from the intersection with Jalan Tun Perak to up Jalan P. Ramlee, do not appear to do well commercially. This is especially so as they also face a hill in the form of Bukit Mahkamah.
In the vicinity of Bukit Mahkamah, there is the imposing Menara Maybank, headquarters of one of Malaysia’s biggest local banks. This is a very cleverly designed building. It sits on the hill, and has a series of escalators leading down to street level.
The direction and angle of the escalator is also interesting: rather than taking the shortest route to Jalan Tun Perak, it chose an angle that faces the “confluence” of Jalan Tun Perak, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock and Jalan Pudu.
Not only that, the direction of this “entrance” – not the building’s frontage – runs parallel and faces downstream to the Klang River westward.

Behind the bank, along Persiaran Maybank, sits Bursa Malaysia, home of the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange where millions and billions of ringgit are traded daily. This is a curious location for a building of such importance, since it appears to be tucked away in a secluded area, overshadowed by Menara Maybank.
Actually, it is quite well situated feng shui-wise. Bukit Mahkamah can be considered a landform rather than a force: it is too small to exert its own energy. Sitting on this higher ground, it is perhaps hoped that negative energy is drained away to the “valley” of Jalan Raja Chulan below (Bukit Nanas is one of opposite side). Furthermore, the building does not face Bukit Nanas. It actually faces a concave of Klang River behind Menara Bank Muamalat.
Development is sparse where Jalan Raja Chulan gently curves around Bukit Ceylon, until Changkat Raja Chulan. Here, facing the road – and the Klang River further north – are Plaza See Hoy Chan, Bangunan AmBank Group, Wisma MPL, Wisma Goldhill, Menara Boustead, Wisma Boustead and Istana Hotel.
Generally, these are good-facing location although those facing Bukit Nanas [See Hoy Chan] may experience disruptive fast energy from the hill. That probably explains why, as a mitigating factor, the entrance of Plaza See Hoy Chan is on the opposite side of Jalan Raja Chulan, as is its neighbour Menara Aik Hua.
Bangunan AmBank Group is located at the Jalan Raja Chulan-Jalan P. Ramlee junction. This would make an ideal location for high turnover business, such as restaurants or entertainment night spots.

This stretch of Jalan Raja Chulan is dominated on both sides by office buildings with some retail floors on the lower side. It is only busy in the daytime during working hours. Office workers rush to their workplace, rush out for quick lunches and then join the rush to return. No surprises there. Although it is considered a part of the Golden Triangle, there are not many feng shui features that make this section of town stand out as exceptional.
As we move further down Jalan Raja Chulan, we come across the busy “rapids” of Jalan Sultan Ismail where traffic pours relentlessly to and from the Bukit Bintang area. Traffic direction on this perpetually jam-packed road has been changed many times to cope with the volume and ease congestion.
At this intersection, we find Wisma Genting, Wisma Cosway and Menara Standard Chartered. Wisma Genting is orientated towards the busy Jalan Sultan Ismail. The entrance is also happens to avoid facing Bukit Nanas, yet still in the direction of Klang River in the west. The last time we checked, the Genting Group is doing very well.
Wisma Cosway and Menara Standard Chartered both face away from the river. One has a south-facing entrance and the other looks east. These are not very ideal facing directions given the position and location of the river. Both of them were erected sometime ago and underwent several changes of ownership and name.
Wisma Cosway was formerly Wisma Stephens, named after Tun Fuad Stephens, the late ex-chief minister of Sabah. Menara Standard Chartered was Menara Shahzan Insas and prior to that Menara Shahzan Prudential. It was bought over by Government of Singapore Investment Corporation and refurbished to the tune of RM50 million. It won the Best Office Development 2006 award from the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI).

A building’s orientation is an important factor in determining its long-term prosperity and success. Sometimes, unfavourable elements can be mitigated by performing certain renovations. I am generally not keen on mitigation exercises, as these are compromises. They are normally intended to reduce negative energies to attain a mediocre result, rather than to accentuate positive energies and attain fantastic results.
Furthermore, a less-than-favourable building does not mean it is bound to fail, or that the occupants will not thrive or prosper. This is not black magic, you know! What it could mean is that success or the wealth will last for only one generation and not extend beyond.
We can read many of these stories where a tycoon’s fortune is squandered by his children or the business is so poorly managed that the wealth is lost.
Nonetheless, we are realistic enough to concede that a building is very expensive to construct. We cannot just decide to demolish and rebuild, although that would be my preference! A better approach, I believe, would be to incorporate principles of geomancy into the architecture and design of a building before clearing a single tree.
Geomancy science is still little understood and very misunderstood. It is considered superstitious hocus-pocus by people who do not even bother to conduct research.



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