These days we complain about our Internet being too slow to download anything, but tbh the telecommunications industry in Malaysia has grown greatly over the years. Although arguably not as good as developed countries like S.Korea or the States, I guess we have (reasonably) okay services.
In KL there’s a museum dedicated to the telecomms industry and it’s journey through the centuries @ the Telekom Museum along Jalan Raja Chulan.
I was in KL on a Saturday with some time to kill, so instead of frustrating myself looking for a parking space at overcrowded shopping malls, I dropped by the museum instead.
Located in an old building dating back more than 80 years, it has two facades – one facing the main road on JRC, the other (and more interesting looking, imo) facing Jalan Gereja which resembles a Grecian structure with white Corinthian columns.
It was empty, even though it was a weekend and I would have expected at least a few tourists to be milling about. The museum is located on the first floor, but on the way up there are a few old phone displays and posters detailing local history.
The building also has other departments, like halls and stuff.
The air conditioning was on full blast, but there wasn’t a soul to be seen apart from the guy at the counter who was dressed in a loud batik uniform. I paid RM5 for entry and proceeded to the first section, which described communication in its earliest forms, from stone inscriptions to smoke signals.
Before printing presses were invented, everything was copied by scribes. What a job, to write and rewrite the same stuff everyday !
On to the next section, the surrounding boards detailed the creation of the first phones, radio as well as telegraphs. Although I wasn’t expecting much, I was surprised to note that there were a number of interesting displays, especially the old phones.
Telegraphing in the 20th century.
Remember the good ol days when if you wanted someone’s phone number, you had to look it up in the directory? When I was a kid, I used to be able to remember long phone numbers off the top of my head. Now I can’t even remember my own house phone number (coz I rarely call the house, we always call mobiles). Proof that techno is making humans lazier and dumber.
I like how they dressed the mannequins in costumes from different races. 1Malaysia ?
I had that red phone when I was younger. Can’t believe it’s already in a museum now.
Overall, I’d say the trip was pretty interesting and helped me understand more of our communications industry in general. It’s kind of sad that they have no visitors. The place isn’t very big, so you can finish it in an hour, tops.
Walking back to my car. The weather was beautiful with the KL tower in against the sky. :)
- RM5 Adult Malaysians
- RM10 international visitors.
Jalan Raja Chulan 50200 Kuala Lumpur
+603 2031 9966
Open Daily 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (except public holidays)