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A Malay Funeral Procession In Ipoh
These are very unusual photographs as there were very few Malays living in the town in the 1950's and so funeral processions through the streets were few and far between. However in this case we believe that the procession started from the rather grand bungalow shown top left, which one of our readers believes might have been at the end of Cockman Street after the Cathay cinema. That may not be the case although we understand that there was a bungalow there as Cockman Street ended at the Cathay cinema up until 1961. There was said to be a rubber estate on the other side of this bungalow.
One photograph (the last one) is also of interest as behind the funeral procession can be seen the sign for the original Ipoh East Post Office in Brewster Road. This Post Office moved to a new location on the other side of the road on 30 June 1958.
Clearl, with such a large crowd, the deceased must of been a citizen of high standing. If anyone can identify this funeral, we would be pleased to hear from you.
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