With the starting point in Thailand, after the collapse of an investment bubble, the 1997 asian financial crisis swept through most parts of Southeast Asia, not leaving Malaysia uneffected, altough not as bad as Thailand, Indonesia or South Korea. Still it was bad enough to wipe out a couple of construction firms, and scrap a couple of ongoing highrise projects and residential projects, leaving them unfinished. Yes, that’s right, they took their tools, machines and just left the constructionsites, leaving them either totally unfinished, or when dealing with projects of larger residential areas, leaving patches of unfinished areas.
Taman Sri Lambak, or Bandar T6 as the locals call it, is a residential area that was built from scratch and was completed in 1997, or more precisley the work was halted in 1997, to never be resumed again, due to the crisis mentioned above. Luckily Bandar T6 was almost completed and only a few areas in the outskirts were left uncompleted.
While living in Taman Sri Lambak I thought that it could be a fun little project to document some of these areas, so I headed out for a photo hunt in Taman Sri Lambak’s own ghost town. The rampant growth of weeds and bushes in the neglected areas made me thread carefully, since I was wearing regular shoes and not the kind of boots that plantation workers wear, to protect them from snake bites. I actually remember wishing I had a pair, especially thinking about the encounter I had in Langkawi, with a monocled cobra, which was one of the most awesome wildlife encounters I had in Malaysia. You can read more about it here. At the end of this ghost town excursion the only wildlife encounter I had was finding thousands of rodent bones and skulls in one of the houses. Most likely a barn owl, which I had spotted around our area, was residing in this house.
As a visitor in Asia a visit to a night market is one of those things you must do, otherwise you have never truly been in Asia. It is an institution and in denser populated areas there is one going on every day of the week. Where we resided, Taman Sri Lambak, an average sized residential community, there is one every two weeks. In the larger town of Kluang, about 10 kilometres away, there is one every day of the week. Although it is not on the same location, as it moves around to different parts of the town and surrounding neighbourhoods, which is good if you are learning the layout of a town you’re not so familiar with.
Market Schedule in Kluang:
Kampung Melayu on Monday 7AM onwards (Farmers market)
Kampung Melayu on Monday 4PM onwards
Taman Kluang Barat on Tuesday
Kampung Paya on Wednesday
Taman Seri Impian on Thursday
Taman Sri Kluang on Friday
Sri Lalang on Friday
Taman Desa on Saturday
Taman Muhibah on Sunday
Taman Lian Seng on Sunday
The pictures below are taken at the Kampung Melayu night market, which was one of our favourites, and also the last night market of this kind we went to before going back to Sweden. The absolutely worst part in getting to know these markets is that when you don’t have access to them you will miss all the yummy snacks they offer, such as apam balik, coconut milkshake, putu bambu, jagung kukus, putu piring, murtabak, satay and all the other delicious foods, beverages and snacks.
And almost as a gift to bid us farewell Kluang offered us a spectacular last minute lightning storm, which you can see in the last picture.