November 10, 2009

Old is precious

Posted in history tagged , , , , , at 10:20 am by blindheart

We sometimes forgot to appreciate how we get here nowadays. Without a road, we won’t get here and without bridge we won’t know where we will end up. How about a few seconds of reminiscence and let us learn something from it. Nothing wrong with it, rite?

A few days ago, when I was at a donuts and coffee shop. I saw an old loving couple pass by the shop. Holding hands and chatting. Maybe some of us might find it natural but how they can be in such happiness, we don’t know. Even the rate of divorce is increasing and we still saying that old-fashioned stuff is not working for us. Come on, let’s admit that modern still can’t guarantee a life to us.

I’ve been thinking about this since I read this article. Let’s have a look.

Connecting the Stone Age to the digital era


KUALA LUMPUR: The first interactive museum in Malaysia, Museum Telekom, has been operating for 15 years and it is still engaging the interest of visitors from around the world.

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The first telephone directory in Malaya. — Pictures by Goh Thean Howe

It is a two-storey building. The primitive tools of communication are displayed on the ground floor, and the modern gadgets upstairs.

The first section on the ground floor shows communication in the stone age. Smoke signals are stated as the earliest known form of telecommunication.

There are reproductions of Neolithic paintings on rocks found in Tambun Caves, Perak, which archeologists believe was used to convey messages.

In ancient times, the Malays used a wooden log called the “knock-knock” to produce sounds to transmit a message. A replica of it is available for visitors to hit.

There are also replicas of the sampan and a ceramic model of the elephant, both of which were used to carry messages in the old days.

The Morse code station, the first modern telecommunication technology used in the second half of the 19th century, is at the second section.

In here, you will find a maritime radio telephone station, old phone directories, including the first edition in Malaya, and “candlestick” telephones.

The Japanese Occupation from 1942 to 1945 represents a dark passage in the history of Malaysian communication and a corner is set up to remember that period.

Upstairs, you are led back to familiar territory with the display of models of the first cellular phones that used the Atur 450 analogue network.

High-tech equipment like fibre optic cables and satellite decoders that form the backbone of Malaysia’s telecommunication network, are also on this floor.

There is a video lounge screening the history of telecommunications and an area for school children to play games.

Museum chief operating officer, Mohd Affandi Abdullah, said the museum received almost 100 visitors a day last year. He hoped to double that figure this year.

There are free shuttle services between KL Tower and the museum, which is managed by KL Tower Management.

Visitors get a coupon which entitles them to a mystery gift.

The museum is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Admission is free.

For details, call 03-2031 9966 or visit

Beginning today, we will highlight some lesser known but nonetheless interesting museums in the Klang Valley. We kick off the series with the Museum Telekom where RIZUWAN ZAINI traces the history of communication.

Source: NST

Old is not bad. Old in a way is good. But for sure old is precious.