Friday, 14 October 2011

Dr Che Lah Md Joonos


Dr Che Lah bin Md Joonos (1903-1986)
Dr Che Lah and wife Mariah @ Matron Chong Nyet Lin
Hala Pemancar, Penang
Dr Che Lah bin Md Joonos had four houses on Penang island. His first house when he returned to Penang after his retirement from the Government service in Pahang (he retired in 1959) was in Hala Pemancar (according to Azlan Ismail, whose family home is still in Solok Pemancar). It was a small single-storey bungalow (according to Aunty Hajah Aeeshah Daud). The house is still there but I'm unsure which one it is as I only saw one such house. Dr Che Lah then moved to a second house in Solok Pemancar.

Solok Pemancar, Penang I re-visited Dr Che Lah's old double-storey bungalow in 219 Solok Pemancar, Gelugor, Penang. It was rundown and for sale when I visited it. The bungalow faces Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah. I recall the house from since I was 5 or 6 years old, before I went to school. I can recall it because its pastel pink walls and lattice brick walls attracted me from small. Dr Che Lah had sold this bungalow as he had another bungalow at Lengkok Pemancar (around the bend), near where Datuk Anwar Fazal's sister lives. According to Azlan Ismail, Raja Tun Uda then lived in Dr Che Lah's house at Solok Pemancar. Then Aidid bought the house and owns it till today. The house was put on sale in 2011* but was not saleable. 
*The bungalow at 219 Solok Pemancar was once managed by the real estate agent (Eddie, H/P 012-408 8390). It had looked dilapidated and uncared for in 2011. Nobody lived there when I visited the bungalow. Even the back-house was unoccupied. The gate was locked. Affandi called Eddie to enquire about the status of the bungalow. Eddie said the bungalow was up for sale for RM6.5 million (9 Oct 2011)!

Aidid repainted the house white (4 March 2013). Aidid's name is on the right gate post while the house number 219 is on the left gate post.


Driving along Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah and approaching Solok Pemancar (road) on the left
We went up Solok Pemancar (dead end) and came back down. This was the view when going down. His house is the last one on the left
Solok Pemancar and the characteristic lattice brick wall which I recalled from childhood and therefore was able to locate his house
Main gate to then Dr Che Lah's bungalow in 2011, now Aidid's.
View of the rear of his bungalow and back-house from the main gate in 2011
Dr Che Lah's former bungalow at 219 Solok Pemancar, Gelugor, Penang in 2011
The bungalow is now whitewashed. 219 and 'Aidid' mark the 2 gate posts in March 2013
Author (far right) with siblings and mother at 219 Solok Pemancar; circa 1964-5 

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