Panglima Lane is Falling Down


Updated 14 September 2011

Last December, Ipoh Echo reported that the front upper floor and roof tiles of No. 5 Panglima (Concubine) Lane, fell to the lane below. No one was hurt although the incident occurred at 9.30 a.m. Earlier in June the back portion of an unoccupied unit collapsed.

On September 7 at 10.45 p.m., the upper walls of another two units, Nos. 25 and 27, fell to the lane below. As luck would have it again no one was hurt although No. 27 is just a unit away from Yoon Wah Restaurant which serves the popular “snow beer” every evening.

Nos. 25 & 27 Panglima Lane which collapsed. On the right is Yoon Wah Restaurant
Debris and a 'wood rot' wooden beam litter the lane.The falling debris damaged the building opposite











The falling debris from No. 27 also damaged the building immediately opposite it and the column of the adjacent building, Yoon Wah Restaurant, damaging a total of four buildings.

Senior Exco for Local Government Dato’ Dr. Mah Hang Soon chaired a meeting the next day with owners and residents of Panglima Lane. Later on the same day he announced that JKR, the State Works Department, had in its preliminary report carried out on the same day, declared “7 of 24 units” on Panglima Lane are “deemed dangerous”.

Under the Street, Drainage and Building Act, owners of the units, upon being issued a notice by Ipoh City Council, will have 14 days to repair or demolish their units, otherwise legal action will be taken on them. A detailed report is also being carried out and will be available in a month’s time.

Dato’ Hamidah talking to residents. On the right in blue shirt is Residents Committee Chairman Dr Mike Gurmil

In the meantime, the Chairman of the just-formed Panglima Lane Residents Committee, Dr ‘Mike’ Gurmil said that he would be calling a meeting with the owners and residents to determine their next course of action.


7 thoughts on “Panglima Lane is Falling Down

  1. Panglima Lane has attracted many tourists and visitors but during this VPR2012, the Lane appears like a construction site. It is looking its worst and still unsafe, officially, to walk on.

  2. Property owners are ultimately responsible for their buildings and to comply with standards according to the law.

    What make Panglima Lane and the buildings there heritage? What is that quality which draws the tourists with cameras? How intact is Panglima Lane now? Will it have the same heritage qualities after the collapsed buildings are re-bulit?

    What is JKR’s advice to the owners in Panglima Lane? Is it heritage conservation preferred?

    What is interesting is the fact that, for the first time, nearly all owners have shown up. What happened during the ad hoc committee of owners meeting last week? If the owners wish for public money to help them repair their buildings, what will they give back to the people?

  3. Sad to see that heritage building is falling down one after another. What is happening to the town that tin built? The question is has the State government, City Council and Tourism Board done enough?

    Tearing down unsafe heritage building and punishing the owners are not solutions to preserve these buildings. State government, City Council and Tourism Board should act immediately and provide necessary advice, assistance and start-up funds to the owners concern.

  4. It is disheartening and disappointing to read that the State government and DBI have given an ultimatum to to the owners to either repair to the required safety standard or demolish their buildings. I would have thought that demolishing would never be an option. Sentiments aside, most owners would rather demolish their buildings because it is cheaper to repair and later to maintain their buildings.

    Dato’ Hamidah’s statement that the bad condition of the buildings will not qualify them to be listed as heritage buildings is a big let-down. She should know that deteriorated buildings can be refurbished. The question is at whose cost.

    If Perak is serious about preserving heritage, the state government must come up with funds to work with owners of the buildings concerned. The state government can’t expect the owners to bear the entire cost, which will discourage them from preserving their buildings, and preferring to demolish and rebuild instead.

  5. City Hall & tourism board should work together with the owners, as to preserve these heritage. Allocation of funds to help KICK-START the repairs ASAP……. some might not have the $$$ to maintain these sick buildings and their options are to demolish or let it falls…… and down goes alll these >100years antique.!!!

  6. Plan your work and work your plan, otherwise the Concubine Lane will be slowly fall into pieces. City Hall workers should co-operate with the owners and start at once the necessary work that is required to save this heritage buildings.

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