The individual unit of the flat is very small. I was told that the units have two configuration – single and double bedroom types. From the outside, it looks pretty small. And from what I recall the last time I visited my friend decades ago, it was really small. The ground floor folks “extended” their units by building additional substructures, as you can see in the diagram below.
There are so many things that the people do with the substructures, ranging from shops to parking lots… to… central kitchen! Not really central kitchen but a bigger kitchen for those hawker stalls next to the main road.
I do not want to imagine what will happen if a fire breaks out, but it definitely looks like a major fire hazard to me.
I’ve been to many places in the world but to be honest, I’ve not explored my own backyard. I spent most of my childhood in Keramat, a predominantly Malay area.
Today after visiting my mum, I decided to make a stop and visit Flat Keramat. It’s a gem. I should spend more time here to do street shoots. I believe there are so many backstories that I can cover.
The flats are bunch of low-cost development by PKNS (Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor) or state-owned development company. I believe the flats were built during the late 70s, not very far from when I moved to Keramat.
The following photo shows the flats. As you can see, the flats are not far from the city. In fact, it is probably about 15 mins to town! There are a total of 18 blocks altogether.
There are so many photo opportunities here, especially in black and white. Today’s trip was just a recce trip for a bigger trip that I plan. Since I come over to Keramat almost every single week, it is very convenient for me to visit this place. In fact, I can park at my parent’s house and walk over here. Not far.
As usual – hang out with the locals. These are 17 year old kids who told me some of the stories in neighborhood. I will certainly pop by again next week – whenever I have time. In fact they did tell me about the silat and Muay Thai classes that’s held on Tuesday.
Some photos of the public housing in Chow Kit. This is in front of then South East Asia hotel, a place where my dad work. I still remember coming to this part of the world and go for some grocery shopping in Co-op super market. There is also this “shopping mall” called Keramat Supermarket. This was back then in the 1980s.