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Saving Yesterday For Tomorrow
  1. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Dear felicia … Thanks for the photograph!

    Eels are fish, and taste like fish, so perhaps it’s not surprising that people eat them.

    To answer your question: no, I have not had the pleasure of dining at Restoran Nasi Lemak Ayam Kampung, but you can find eel (unagi or anago) served in many Japanese restaurants around the world. They are part of other cuisines as well.

    Speaking of Jalan Ali Pitchay … I assume ipohWorld is aware of Ali Pitchay’s shop-house in Old Town — but do you want some notes about him for the database?

  2. ika says:

    Hi Ipoh Remembered. Yes we are aware of the Ali Pitchay shophouse at 22 Hale Street (now Puan Sri Lee’s cafe and gallery), opposite STG, but we do not have a database entry about him.

    Apart from the house our knowledge is limited to: Mohd Ali bin Pitchay was born 1896 and held the post of Chief Sanitary Inspector of Kinta. Some time later he was elected to the Town Council as member for Ipoh and Menglembu.

    So far we have always tried to put up a scanned photograph with every article. That has not been 100% successful but close to it. As we have never found a photo of him, there is no article on him, but I am happy to reverse that if I get the information with or without a photo. Consequently I would welcome your few notes on him. Thank you for the kind offer.

    • Ipoh Remembered says:

      Dear ika … I did not know about the gallery, thank you. But when I looked at the associated web-site, I could find no mention of Ali Pitchay. Is it possible the owners do not know about him? If they do not, then what “heritage building” are they referring to? I know there used to be an insurance company in that building, but surely that’s not what they are talking about. Is the label uniformly applied to all pre-war shop-houses now?

      Or did I just fail to find their discussion of Ali Pitchay?

      Speaking of him, yes, before the war he was Chief Sanitary Inspector of the Kinta district; and after the war I think he was Chief Sanitary Inspector of Ipoh. I don’t know that I have any photographs of him but I will add a few other notes, perhaps in the next few days.

  3. ika says:

    It is pretty unlikely that they do not know about Ali Pitchay as their gallery advisors are from Perak Heritage Society. The galley is not complete yet so maybe he will feature eventually. As I know the owner I will nudge her next time we meet.

    There is a tendency to link all Old Town buildings to heritage, no matter how they have suffered with renovation. Fortunately 22 Hale Street has been quite elegantly restored at huge expense and is looking reasonably original now. The work was done under a specialist, well- known, architect from Penang. The contractors were also specialists from Penang.

    I really would welcome whatever you have on the man, with or without a photo as really should be featured on our database.

  4. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Dear ika

    It is pretty unlikely that they do not know about Ali Pitchay as their gallery advisors are from Perak Heritage Society.

    Yes, I’m glad to hear you say that. I thought it was unlikely, too.

    I once saw a document — a newsletter, perhaps? — published by the Perak Heritage Society — in which it was stated that Ali Pitchay was born in 1896, was Chief Sanitary Inspector of Kinta, and was then elected “Town Council member for Ipoh and Menglembu” — substantially the same outline, in other words, as the one you provided above. Was the Heritage Society your source?

    I ask because we should probably clarify that he was not elected “Town Council member for Ipoh and Menglembu.” No member was, or rather, every member was! At the time, the entire council was the Town Council of Ipoh and Menglembu: it was one jurisdiction. Ali Pitchay’s constituency — the ward that elected him — was, in fact, Pasir Puteh.

    And is it widely known that Ali Pitchay’s family came here from South India? He was born in Taiping, grew up there, and then lived for a time in Parit and in Buntong. The Hale Street shop-house came a little later.

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