Conservation of the original building was a collaboration, greatly contributed to by Mr. Kana and Dato’ Syed, along with The Department of Malaysian Heritage and architects from the Architecture Design Company, Space Fighters, Mr. Zaini Zainul from ZDR and Mr. Syakir Mahadzir. Together, this team carefully restored and developed the original building into a row of heritage styled shop fronts.
The year-long conservation process was involved and intensive. But this group of passionate professionals ensured that most of the building’s original features were retained, helping to preserve a vital piece of Malaysian architectural heritage. The neme “Old Malaya” was chosen to represent the unity of all Malaysians, and to evoke memories of a gentler, more elegant period of Malaysia’s shared history and heritage.
Now, Old Malaya is home to dining spaces where all Malaysians can indulge in a wide range of international-standard cuisines within the walls of a historical Malaysian landmark.