[Guest post by Hafizal Nordin in Johor Bahru, Malaysia]
Wong Ah Fook Street is one of the busiest streets in Johor Bahru. It is named for Wong Ah Fook, one of the important Chinese immigrant, entrepreneur, and philanthropist in Johor Bahru, a man who helped develop Johor Bahru City. This street stretches about 1.5km and you can find almost anything here from food stalls, barber shops, convenience stores and several shopping malls.
Along the street you can find Segget River which flows about 1.3km and is 25m wide. In the 1950s, people used to swim in this river which was then clean. However, with rapid development came the pollution and in 2005 it was ordered to be covered.
At present, the Segget River revitalization and beautification project is in progress with many safety and hazard signs put up around the area. Although the construction work causes some additional congestion, the Development Authority believes that once the project is completed, the city center will be more vibrant.
Me and along with a few local sketchers went there on Saturday morning last month, documenting the street by looking down from Plaza Seni Mall's third level rooftop parking.
Hafizal Nordin is a piping technician by profession and sketching enthusiast who is currently based in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. You can see more of Hafizal's sketches HERE.