the past, present & the future

The Past

It was the harsh period of the 18th Century. Chinese migrants were brought to Malaya by the thousands to develop the massive resources of tin and rubber. 18-year-old Yap Kwan Seng (1846 - 1901. appointed Kapitan Cina 1889), son of a poor farmer from Kwangtung, came to Seremban to work at a tin mine. it was a life-changing decision.

He later saved enough money to start his own business. His business grew by leaps and bounds, expanding all the way to neighbouring Singapore.

Not one to ignore the sufferings of his fellow migrants, he was instrumental in providing medical and community services to the growing population of that time. He provided places of refuge to the homeless, found jobs for the jobless and gave free medical treatment to the sick. He also founded the Opium Withdrawal Ward, which was expanded to become the Kuala Lumpur General Hospital today. For the terminally ill and dying, he established Jik Sin Tong, the equivalent of today's hospice.

Other notable establishments include the Tung Shun Charity Hospital, the Kwang Tung Cemetery, Victoria institution and the Royal Selangor Club. He also built the first brick factory in Kuala Lumpur in an area which is today known as Brickfields.

The Present

Most of the migrants who came then left behind several generations of descendants who continued to prosper in this land of opportunities. Work is aplenty and dual income families have become the norm as people continuously strive tor better living standards.

Although people in the new century never went hungry or cold, a new improvised society was emerging. With less time on their hands, family dynamics have changed.

As the younger generation struggle with their careers and own young families, they are left with little time to care for their ageing parents. Thus, the senior and matured citizens are often left at home with no social life or companionship.

They are starved of love and affection. Depression and loneliness have become their closest friends.

The Future

Thus, the AUTORR (Aged Unite To Organise Rest and Recreation) Foundation was born. Carrying on the torch of philanthropic efforts of Kapitan Yap Kwan Seng, Malaysia's last Kapitan Cina, is his grand-daughter Yap Swee Lin, fondly known as Lin Chua.

Realising the serious social void amongst the senior and matured citizens, Lin Chua donated four acres of land in Ampang to build a custom-made fully equipped centre for senior and matured citizens‘ rest and recreation. While site works are being carried out, Lin Chua has successfully gained the endorsement and blessings of government agencies such as

  • Kementerian Perpaduan Negara dan Pembangunan Masyarakat
  • Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia
  • Pejabat Daerah / Tanah Ulu Langat
  • Menteri Perdagangan Dalam Negeri
  • Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya