"It was a very difficult project to turn around. When we first saw the place, there were many abandoned apartments that were built halfway. It looked like a bomb site," he says. "But after studying the area intimately, I found a lot in Sentul to celebrate ó its colourful past, the Indian culture there; its spice of life."
Many had advised him not to use the Sentul name for the redeveloped site due to the negative connotations of its shady past. He had other ideas. "I did some research on Sentul. Sentul is a name of a tree (sandori-cum koet jape)! Voila, I discovered that most Malaysian towns are named after trees. Ipoh is named after a tree, and so are Penang and Melaka. How on earth were our predecessors so clever to name our towns after trees? And how does the mind associate a place [like Sentul] with the worse of human flaws and crime?"
He decided to rehabilitate the area's good name. Yeoh divided the land into Sentul East, where the condominiums are named after spices like Tamarind, Capers, Fennel and Saffron; and Sentul West, where projects are named after trees, like The Maple....
Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh was bestowed the Lifetime Achievement Award at The Peakís 25th Anniversary held at the Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur.
Honoured to be recognised with such a prestigious award, Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh said: "First and foremost I must congratulate The Peak Magazine for having survived 25 years, despite a digital revolution in the media world. The digital revolution has beaten to pulp many old print businesses but they (The Peak) seemed to have survived these past 25 years.
"I must congratulate Dato' Ibrahim, Datin Azliza and Diana Khoo for their perseverance and the consistent quality they have kept in this magazine to continue to attract advertisers in a very tough time in the media space where digital media seems to rule supreme.
"I'd like to consecrate this award recognising my achievements to our Lord Jesus Christ who deserves all the glory and honour Ė not me. He is the author of the script and I am just a willing pencil."
SEKOLAH Menengah Kebangsaan Puchong Batu 14 (SMK Puchong) together with YTL Foundation, FrogAsia Sdn Bhd (FrogAsia) and the design and architectural department of Syarikat Pembenaan Yeoh Tiong Lay Sdn Bhd (SPYTL Design Group) recently launched the schoolís new Frog Classroom.
The idea of transforming the classroom came about when YTL Foundationís director of projects, Datin Kathleen Chew, was invited by Teach for Malaysia to teach a class and motivate the students....