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Pokok Assam

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shirleyliu

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 5
April 28, 2009 11:10pm

It was the cinema. I think it was the only and one cinema in chinese village through out malaysia. Please correct me if I am wrong.Pokok Assam also known as the neatest village in malaysia.
Went to this cinema since I was a kid, my grandpa used to take me and my cousin sister who is 2 years younger, I still remember those years 1 ticket for second class was 20cents, first class 50cents and reserve( upstairs) was 1RM.So my grandpa always wanted us to save 10cents each to get a ticket for both of us, we shared one seat and grandpa one seat.My grandpa was a real movie fans.


Few weeks ago, went to pokokassam and passed by this building, it's torn and ran down. It was once a hardware store and also restaurant.
gadzy

Registered: July 2008
Location: Scotland
Posts: 82
October 9, 2009 2:08am

Was this on the main Kamunting road?
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 1,606
October 9, 2009 2:12am

Gadzy, this old wooden cinema is in Pokok Assam. Kamunting Road is much further north.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 1,606
October 9, 2009 2:15am

By the way Gadzy, this morning I took some pics of Taiping. Will post them up very soon. You might want to hang around Smile
gadzy

Registered: July 2008
Location: Scotland
Posts: 82
October 9, 2009 2:29am

Thanks Kayes
As one great man said "I SHALL RETURN"
Cheers gadzy.
gadzy

Registered: July 2008
Location: Scotland
Posts: 82
July 9, 2010 1:04am

I am almost certain i visited fhis building when it was a cinema back in the 60s.
gadzy

Registered: July 2008
Location: Scotland
Posts: 82
July 10, 2010 1:22am

My last visit to Pokok Assam was a very sad occasion back in the 8th of Feb 1962 at the time of the fire when 260 people where made homeless when the fire destroyed 12 shop houses and 6 homes, Most of the houses where made from planks, Zinc and Atap. Two Fire engines from Taiping fought the Blaze for over an hour and another came from Kuala Kangsar 16 miles away. Plus members of the 28th Commonwealth Brigade Army Units in Taiping plus 200 men from the Royal Malay Regiment helped with the fire fighting and the rescue work. Luckily no one was injured, most of the fire victims from 39 families were accommodated in the Chinese Temple in Coronation road and the local community hall and others stayed with friends.
My lasting memories of this time was the great kindness the poor victims showed to us Troops involved in the rescue that terrible day as they rushed around tending to our minor wounds from exploding Glass glass from pop bottles etc.As I rested at the side of the road after being hit by flying glass a very old dear Chinese Lady handed me a ice cold Coke and tended my Minor wounds she couldn’t Speke English and I couldn’t understand Chinese but her kind actions done the talking for her. Later on I saw the same old Lady sifting through the remains of her house looking for salvage from the fire and all she managed to get was an old distorted teapot, my heart went out to her that day. I was a volunteer fire fighter with 2 infantry workshops REME on the Kamunting Road at that time.
Orange

Registered: November 2009
Posts: 272
August 26, 2011 7:18pm

A sad and touching story about the fire on 8th Feb. 1962. The gesture of that old dear lady who offered the kind and helpful gadzy ice old coke shows Malaysian generally are compassionate people. She attended to gadzy's wounds before she went through the remains of her house for salvage. Kindness speaks all languages. A big salute to gadzy too!!


Thanks shirleyliu for the interesting info about cinema in Chinese village and Pokok Assam is the neatest village in Malaysia. Have yet to visit Pokok Assam again .....
gadzy

Registered: July 2008
Location: Scotland
Posts: 82
August 28, 2011 5:34am

Thank you very much Orange for your kind comments,and yes its true regarding the Malaysians being comassionate people also very happy, always ready to smile
even when things go wrong like the old lady in my story who i shall never forget
But my own Mother always said that i could get a piece at any bodies Door.
Orange

Registered: November 2009
Posts: 272
September 2, 2011 7:30pm

On a lighter tone, curious to know why of all the drinks, the kind old lady offered Coke to Gadzy. Smile
pchin
Yee Thong

Registered: June 2019
Posts: 3
June 24, 2019 11:21pm

It looked a lot bigger when I was I kid, there was pickled fruit stall outside. I remembered my grandparents took to there in the 70s to see a documentary film "President Nixon visited China". I have fond memories of this place even though it looks so run down and abandoned now.



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