When a building has been part of your childhood, it’s natural to be sad to see it gone. The building could be an old cinema, a mini market, a company or even a shopping mall. If you’ve made fond memories at that place then seeing it being demolished would feel like a part of who you are has been erased.
Ampang Park Shopping Centre was an iconic mall as it was Malaysia’s first shopping centre but unfortunately all good things must come to an end as the mall was closed down in 2017 and demolished in 2018. Plaza OUG is about to meet the same fate as Ampang Park as the mall is set to be demolished later this year.
In case no one is aware, then we hate to be the bearer of bad news but the Malaysia Shopping Mall Facebook page recently shared that Plaza OUG in Kuala Lumpur will be demolished later this year. It’s actually been reported last year that the shopping centre will be replaced with 2 high rise buildings with a shopping mall but the time of their closure is finally coming closer.
Most tenants including Parksons at the shopping centre have already moved out to new locations to make way for the new development. The Facebook page also shared photos of the current state of the almost completely abandoned Plaza OUG. There’s only a few shops and restaurants still operating with one of them being McDonalds.
Netizens reacted to the news with most reminiscing the good old days of their time hanging out, shopping or working at the soon-to-be-demolished shopping centre. Some shared their fond memories of spending time with their families while others recalled the times they played video games on the PS2 at the gaming shop.
While most comments are saying farewell to Plaza OUG, some are very much against the new development plans at the location. One netizen commented that Malaysia doesn’t need another condo building saying, “How many condos do we need? Not enough jam now? Lousy town planning,” while another suggested that they should just renovate the mall instead of demolishing it.
We would agree that some things should be preserved better especially if they’re part of Malaysian history. If a mall or any establishment gives that area its identity, then surely there must be a way to re-develop something and make everyone happy. Until then, farewell Plaza OUG, you will be missed.