Asal Usul Ampang Jaya

Origins of the name 'Ampang'

  • The name Ampang originated from the construction of a dam from Bukit Belacan to a town area of Ampang (now called Ampang Point) by Chinese miners who used it for mining tin.
  • Due to the different accent of the Chinese in pronouncing Malay words, the word 'empang' (dam) was pronounced as "ampang".
  • The history of Ampang is closely related to the history of Kuala Lumpur as it was pioneered by Yap Ah Loy (a prominent Chinese tin miner). The native Malay residents in the Ampang area were of the Bugis descendants from Sumatera.

Mukim Ampang merupakan mukim terkecil dalam Daerah Hulu Langat. Keluasannya ialah 3,859 hektar. Terdapat 12 kampung dalam Mukim Ampang, di antaranya ialah: -

  1. Kampung Melayu Ampang
  2. Kampung Tasik Permai
  3. Kampung Tasik Tambahan
  4. Kampung Ampang Campuran
  5. Kampung Ampang Indah
  6. Kampung Pandan
  7. Kampung Cheras Baru

Pre Independence Ampang

  • Raja Abdullah was the first Ruler in the District of Klang who first escavatered the tin mines in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Raja Abdullah brought along a group of 87 Chinese workers from Lukut who lived in Sungai Kelang. When he and his entourage arrived at the convergence of Sungai Kelang with Sungai Gombak he named the place 'Lumpor' (mud).
  • After the surrender of Japan in the Second World War during the transition period after the defeat of the British and its recolonisation of Malaya by the British, the Malay Land (Tanah Melayu) at that period was taken over by the Communist, also known as Bintang Tiga (for a duration of fourteen days the communist ruled Malaya).
  • Resulting from this short rule, Bukit Belachan which was an area in Ampang was used by the communists as a place to decapitate heads of Japanese sympathizers and followers.
  • During the 13th of May riots, which happened in 1969, Ampang was not involved with any disputes, quarrels or bloodied encounters due to the tight control arranged by the government authority at that time and the community leaders' wisdom in simmering down the sentiments of both the Malay and Chinese communities.