Monday, February 2, 2009

History of Sungai Buloh with photos

CNY break for 1 week and took a trip to Sungai Buloh. Well before you look at the photos please read below about the history of this place. I did not takes any photos of the leprosy patients which is now a gadener/ farmer! Just a respect!

SEVENTY-eight years ago, in an isolated valley of Bukit Lagong, Sungai Buloh, Selangor, a group of Malays, Chinese, Indians and Eurasians set up a contained community in the wake of the 1926 Leper Enactment Act, which required the segregation and treatment of those with the disease.

From the time it was built in 1930, Sungai Buloh was one of the biggest leprosy settlements in the-then British Empire, and the second biggest in the world. It was equipped with advanced facilities and planned following the principals of a garden city. It was a pioneer project based on the "enlightened policy" of segregating leprosy patients in a self-supporting community.

Over the years, the settlement also became a research centre for leprosy. Now Sungai Buloh is better known for flowers and plants rather than with leprosy, as commercial nurseries thrive there.
one of the ward

an abandon ward

its actually a grave yard!


KaRo/Kah Rou said...

sungai buloh! i've been there b4 too =D

too bad some part of it has been "destroyed" by the government so they can build a hospital (or uni...i don't quite rmbr what they wanna build) =_= very sad..

project3 aka Kennie said...

they are building some research centre or some said a uni!

some patient are still there! so the wards like become their retire place.

suri said...

miss my hometown a lot...