Lunas, a forgotten town
By Muhammad Iqbal bin Adnan
I was most impressed by the Soon Mansion built in 1928, by Soon Ah Lee, one of the founders of Lunas.
Although I was aware of Lunas, I didn’t really know much about it or anyone from there. When I participated in DiGi’s Amazing Malaysian Heritage Architect of Kedah programme in 2006, then only did I know something about Lunas.
The programme had such a strong impression on me. Its history began with the planting of rubber and since then, Kulim itself was home to many smokehouses, but the one in Lunas is currently the only one left.
I was most impressed by the Soon Mansion built in 1928, by Soon Ah Lee, one of the founders of Lunas. The building had many special features, such as ventilation openings which allowed air to circulate and a security staircase which protected the upstairs from thieves and prevented children from failing down. The wooden windows allowed you to control light entering the house.
While nobody lives in the house today, it is still maintained and I hope the authorities will continue maintaining it and promote it as a historical site.
We should preserve these old buildings for future generations as they symbolize our history. We can learn about our roots as our current progress is the result of the efforts of our ancestors who worked hard to build the nation and give us the life we enjoy today.
About the author: Muhammad Iqbal bin Adnan was in Form 2 when he participated in the DiGi Amazing Malaysians Programme. He was 14 years old at that time.
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