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I have vague memories of this road and suspect that it is near to Jln Fifth Avenue in . Greentown. I keep recalling rows of single storey Government Quarters for Civil Servants. Perhaps the road and houses have been demolished to make way for the Hospital Besar expansion ?
I’m still trying to relocate the roads of Greentown. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Avenue were quarters of terrace houses for low-income government servants should be around the Federal Building and part of Dataran Ipoh.
Jalan Mansor (the middle road, then) with wooden semi-detached houses were the centre of Dataran Ipoh. All the quarters were sandwished by single residence quarters along Green Lane (Jalan Dato Ahmad Said) and Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil.
3rd Avenue in Greentown was renamed jalan Dato ‘Seri Ahmad Said when the entire area was earmarked for redevelopment into what it is today. In place of the lush, rolling greenery and rows of quaint government quarters, a bustling urban environment took shape. The most notable landmark in what used to be 3rd Avenue is the massive Bangunan Persekutuan, Greentown, which housed many of government offices. Located not far away is the Greentown Business Centre, dotted with shops, and an amazing selection of restaurants and watering holes. I miss the old Greentown and I know those familiar sights will never appear before my eyes again. Nevertheless, the endearing images of my favorite stomping grounds are seared permanently in my memory.
I lived in Greentown in the 50′s and 60′s. As some have mentioned
a lot of Government quarters were there and I have wonderful
memories of the place.
There was a long road (Jalan Iskandar) which started from Jalan Abdul Jalil (near the padang) and ended at a T-junction which was
5th Avenue. Along this road were perpendicular roads such as Jalan Mansur, and all the avenues (1st to 5th). At one end of 5th Avenue is the present Greentown Mall.
As Ken has said all the lush greenery is gone forever. Greentown was a great place with friendly neighbours and at least 3 padangs.
I know this guy.Rosli bin Jaafar.Father was a hospital administrator in the 60ties.He is still attached radio Malaysia in K.L.
It”s not Rosli (Bob) but Remy Jaafar (mae mae). This is 4516 3rd avenue ,greentown.1 double storey n 2 single storey brick houses fenced up for staff of Ipoh General Hospital.The houses r still there, behind the hospital. Its now a store or matrons quarters.We had freedom outside during may 13 cos we were fenced up, lol, or maybe not so cos we were still fenced up.Before staying at 3rd avenue we used to stay at 939 jalan Abdul Aziz near the padang where they had movies come polling day, in front we had a small roundabout with a public phone which is always spoilt n a sports club with billard n pinball machine.I saw my first TV in this club from the window.Next to the club were 2 shops nickname Botak n fatty shop. Behind our house which is one of the 3 bangalows around the small roundabout was a madrasah.We can trace the roads by using the back of main convent n the Jln Abdul Jalil padang, the MPI building now was part of a padang near the madrasan n part of Jln Abdul Aziz.Those living in the 60s would remember our local band The Greens n how the boys would disturd the night soil collectors n the FRU unit who would train around Greentown n at night use white sheets n scare people with sounds of pontianak Remember the days when the police would hide behind trees n stop people with no bicycle lights n for carrying passengers behind.Remember hawkers like spiderman n mee mamak with hanging chilli logo which his son is having a stall now in Jln Yang Kalsom.We shud have a page on facebook to locate those who stayed in greentown in the 60s n 70s. Most govt servants would have past on but their kids would be around 50 plus. Someone please start a page.Most people staying there would go to anderson, cator avenue or st michaels n the convent school of course n not forgetting Raja perempuan sch.We can safely say Greentown was made up of govt servants of all races, jobs n position n not forgetting the Mat Salleh army camp. The camp is still there.Its easy to trace the roads using this landmarks. The padang, 3rd avenue , convent n army camp. Dev i miss the capatis from the sikh temple in Asby road lol.
Hi Remy, welcome to ipohWorld. Thanks for identifying the picture and for your memories of the old Greentown. Do visit us often.
The sports club that Remy mentions was the Sturrock Club and some teachers from Anderson School used to frequent it. The two sundry shops were behind it and facing Jalan Club, where i was living from 1954 till 1963. We (my dad was a government servant) moved to 5t Avenue after that.
By the way I am in my early 70′s now.
Hi Remy,remember the chinese man at the Madarasah who use to repair our bicycles.Those were the days 5cents 3 rubber valves1
Remy, thanks for your wonderfully evocative comment. If anyone has photographs that show the madrasah that Remy mentions, or the roundabout. or the back of the Main Convent as it was then, please share them!
I wish I could say that my memories of Greentown are as vivid as all of yours but, really, the main thing about it that I recall — and only imprecisely — is its greenness.
Hello REMY, I’m also a Greentowner since 1958, I was born there, study in Cator Avenue and Anderson school. Me name is Zali, ( those days they call me ADIK ) Back then greentown was the best place i ever stay. You know the band the Greens,! it was my brothers band, I stay at jalan yusof near jalan padang, I do remember the Sturrock Club very well, cos as u said, this is the first place & time i saw a television.I also remember the sundry shop, one was nickname Botak & the other was Gemok shop.Mee spider also i remember,it was the best kuatiau goreng i eaten those days in the late 60s. The thing I still remember, the ice kacang man selling at the end junction of jalan mansor. The tricycle mamak mee that use to round greentown to sell, was also the best, especially his mee rebus, heaven. The roti man, and don’t forget the cycling barber that round greentown everyday.Where on earth can we find a place like Green Town on earth anymore. Just to let u know, one of my cousin have make a reunion for Green Towners during the month of Syawal last year at Syuen Hotel. The respond was good, There were about 100 of us came to meet and recall lots of memories, the sad, the bad and the happiness,despite that, most of us are now in the 50s.so bye for now,hope see some photos of old Green Town that we miss.
Hi Zali & Remy – it is amusing to read that some of you Malay guys were aware of the legendary old Chinese char kuay teow[CKT] man whom everyone nicknamed ‘Spider’. For those who do not know him, let me share a bit about him. My late mum who also lived in Green town area in the 50s as a teen had been eating his delicous CKT for a long time. We knew a bit about him. His family lived in an old terrace house with wooden walls & zinc roof inside Fair Park. Outside his house was an unpaved road which was strewn with empty cockle shells probably from him. He could have used them to strengthen the road surface which turns to mud when it rains. He peddles his CKT on a tricycle. The only odd utensil he used in his trade was a black cast iron wok which is flat. He was buck toothed,skinny, short, hunched back & had tanned leathery skin. He had a permanent frown on his face & he never smiles. He was always dressed in a white China made T-shirt & his short baggy pants was always black.His nickname came about because of the way he swings his arms when frying. He starts his stall around noon & will cycle around Fair Park & Greentown. In the evening, he stationed himself at a roadside at Fair Park. This was where customers in cars can park near to him & order. They will eat it inside their cars using his utensils. Of course his CKT was legendary & each plate is a work of art. He always fries one plate at a time. He does not care if you order a dozen, he will still fry them one plate at a time.Where can you find such standard today? I’ve seen with my own eyes Malays would request fried kuay teow with no ‘chee yow char’ or lard pieces. Spidey, a man of few words, would oblige & fry away as requested on his flat wok. To fry, he needs oil & he has only one pot of it. So to entertain the special order he will scoop the oil but leave the lard pieces behind. I watch with amusement as the Malays wolf them down without battling an eyelid. But this was in the 60s.
Ah…Alas! We hear from this conversation How our great Politicisns have Politicised & Polarised our Malayan/Malaysian Culture and race ?? Perhaps our great Politicians & Religious Leaders should visit Jarkarta the capital of the malay (generic) race, in the main Restuarants of Grand Hyatt all halal & non halal meat are served and Indonesians of mixed religions sit on the same table to partake their meas together. Is it known as Panchasila? Perhaps our new generation of politicians should examine these practices and save our Multi racial n Multi cultural society.