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FMS Restaurant

kayes



Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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hokin

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 118
August 31, 2008 6:32am

When I was back last week, my parents told me that FMS has closed down. How sad......FMS was synonyms with Ipoh town. Perhaps some kind soul will revive it. I remembered having dinner there [upstairs] a few years ago and it has various old pictures, mirrors and antiques which makes the place nostalgic.
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
August 31, 2008 9:05am

Thanks Hokin for the news about the FMS. I have braced myself for this inevitable event for a while because speculation about the impending demise of this iconic restaurant has been circulating for a long time. The FMS is a very integral aspect of Ipoh's social fabric for so many years and its closure is indeed a sad chapter in our hometown's cultural history. It is gone but definitely not forgotten. Nostalgic memories of this irreplaceable restaurant will live on forever.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,824
August 31, 2008 5:21pm

In the 70s I used to have tea with my father at the FMS. We always entered by the side door which is at the left of pic. We chose a table at the back which was quiet and away from the bar in front. The table was also close to the cupboard where they kept the pastry Smile
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 432
September 6, 2008 6:46pm

No,what a sad shame indeed,truly an Ipoh Icon.I am saddened to hear of it.Many fond memories
Bomoh

Registered: September 2008
Location: Mount Gambier, South Australia
Posts: 102
September 8, 2008 7:21am

What!!!!! The FMS closed down. The ultimate iconic landmark and institution of Ipoh????? Terrible news. I have a picture that I believe is "nephew" taken in 2001. I'll email it to Kayes.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,824
September 8, 2008 7:43am

Here's a pic of Nephew of FMS, courtesy of Mike aka Bomoh.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/nephew.jpg
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,824
September 24, 2008 10:28pm

Last week I went to check on the demise of the FMS. It was truly the end.


The side door was padlocked.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/fmsend10.jpg



The front door closed but windows left open. This will bring in the dust and the rain. The entire building will quickly deteriorate.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/fmsend11.jpg



More windows left open.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/fmsend12.jpg



But the lion faithfully stands guard.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/fmsend13.jpg
Phoebe
Land Down Under

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 447
October 2, 2008 12:07am

Looks like the much-loved FMS is still being occupied though no longer for its F&B business. Just wondering if it could realistically be given the miracular all-round 'kiss of life' and if so, how much mind-boggling $$$$$ it would take.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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October 2, 2008 4:59am

Phoebe, I think the building is in great disrepair and I also think the main reason why the tenant decided to stop the business of the FMS Bar & Restaurant was because the whole place was not liveable anymore. A couple of weeks ago when I was there, I saw that the downstairs windows were almost falling off their hinges and in fact, that was what happened to an upstairs front window. I wonder who owns the building. Anyone knows? To restore the place to almost its original condition, I would say a budget of at least RM500k is needed,
Phoebe
Land Down Under

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 447
October 2, 2008 8:07am

Kayes, thanks for the low-down. When I was at the money-changer next door earlier last month, I thought I saw some people moving about outside. What a shame, though, about such a piece of Ipoh history being left to rot in ruins.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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October 2, 2008 8:14am

That was what I feared most. You said you thought you saw some people inside. I peeped through a downstairs window and I thought I saw a syringe and I had a feeling someone was looking back at me but I could see no one. I moved away from the window quickly for fear I might be used as a dart board with a syringe. Now I am quite sure this place is a hangout for drug addicts.
Phoebe
Land Down Under

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 447
October 2, 2008 8:23am

Oh, I saw a couple of guys moving about *outside*. I did walk around the side of the building part of the way but all seemed to be quiet on the inside. Let's hope someone with loads of $$$$ can see the potential in a good restoration job. If 'The Dredge' attracted your attention, Kayes ... Smile
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,824
October 2, 2008 8:29am

During my last trip to Ipoh I checked out several locations that would be suitable to park The Dredge. Here's one Smile


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/dredge8.jpg
Phoebe
Land Down Under

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 447
October 2, 2008 8:40am

Excellent location! Any luck with those lucky numbers? Smile!


How's the search for investors coming along? And what does it cost to be a business partner? Wink
Phoebe
Land Down Under

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 447
October 2, 2008 8:45am

Kayes, I just remembered. Didn't the river burst its banks before (at least once in the early '70s)? I mentioned the 7 days and 7 nights of rain in another thread. I'm quite sure that was when it happened.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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October 2, 2008 8:52am

Oops, forgot all about it. There was a draw today but I was busy at the race course performing my duties as a Hon Official. It costs nothing to be a business partner .... can you concoct some explosive cocktails? Susan and I have the names all drawn up. I like particularly Mun Tong Char Tarn which will put Singapore Sling to shame. You can help us in mixing those cocktails.
Phoebe
Land Down Under

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 447
October 2, 2008 8:56am

What about "Yee Bo Hiong Jing" (Ipoh's fragrant gin)? Wink
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,824
October 2, 2008 9:00am

Sounds good but we must make it taste like a bomb .... stuff in some tequila. Welcome partner Smile
Phoebe
Land Down Under

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 447
October 2, 2008 9:09am

Thank you, thank you, but unfortunately, I'll be a hopeless partner. I'm a teetotaller, so such an honour would be totally wasted on me. Sad
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,824
October 2, 2008 9:15am

I don't drink either. I stopped in 1991. Nowadays I have the very occasional brandy or wine. Don't know about Susan. Will have to ask her what she drinks. If she is also a teetotaller, we will make a great team running a bistro/disco.
Phoebe
Land Down Under

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 447
October 2, 2008 9:22am

Teetotallers running an F&B joint? Far out! Hey, Susan, looks like you gotta come clean now and on such a public forum, too! Smile!
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,824
October 18, 2008 2:18am

I think I was right about drug addicts using the premises vacated by the FMS Restaurant. As I said I saw a syringe when I looked through the window and I could sense I was being watched but I could see no one. They (probably the owners) have now boarded up the side door which was where the addicts gained entry. 3 weeks ago, those ugly boards weren't there.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/ipohoct6.jpg
Phoebe
Land Down Under

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 447
November 7, 2008 5:19am

How terribly sad that FMS has come to this. Sad


And I suppose, with the new Kinta Riverfront nearby gobbling up finite investment $$$$$ (not to mention the global recession in our midst), the slimmest of slim hopes of FMS ever being restored is now gone for good.
hokin

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 118
November 27, 2008 3:12am

Dear Kayes et al
Due to the interest of the FMS Building under this photo and your recently taken photos, I wrote an email to the President of the Perak Heritage Society enquiring about the building and I got an email reply today. Below was his reply which is pretty informative, although it does not tell us about the future of the FMS building.


"Anyhow, the FMS Bar & Restaurant had a last-day-of-trading party earlier in the year. Your local paper IPOH ECHO carried quite a big story about it. We were told by its business manager, Nephew (Mr Phang), that he would be allowed to resume when the building has been treated for vermins and renewed.

The building was not in the best condition even well before the FMS closed (temporarily, we were told). But, obviously, as a tenant, Nephew did not spend money to maintain the building as a heritage property. Business has not been as good as it used to be, despite its heritage status. And even if it is hugely profitable, a tenant would not be expected to restore the building by choice.

The building has been gazetted by DBI, I have been informed not so long ago. The Perak Heritage Society (the PHS, as we call ourselves) is keeping watch over it but we are not consulted on its eventual fate.

Thank you for your concern for Ipoh heritage.

Yours sincerely,
Law Siak Hong
PHS President 2008-09"
Phoebe
Land Down Under

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 447
November 28, 2008 5:47am

Hi, Hokin.


Thanks for making the enquiry about FMS. It's gratifying to know the PHS is keeping watch over it.


As we now know, thanks to Jeremy's tip and Kayes' pic (on another thread), the rear of the building has indeed been renovated so there's still hope yet for FMS. Fingers crossed. Smile
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,824
December 30, 2008 8:44pm

The FMS as seen on 29 December 2008.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/fms4.jpg
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,824
December 30, 2008 10:42pm

Another pic. Also taken on 29 December 2009.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/fms14.jpg
memorialman

Registered: March 2009
Location: Bedford, England
Posts: 24
April 27, 2009 11:46pm

Sadly this is one piece of heritage that should not be allowed to decay. As a regular visitor to Ipoh I have always marked the FMS as special. All the books you read about the creation of Malaysia refer to the signing of the treaty between the states at this place. If not from an eating aspect the building should be saved because of its tourist potential and long history.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,824
October 16, 2009 4:01am

For Michael Tan/Peter Chen, from the pics on this thread you can see that the former Hokkien Association building has been replaced by this 4 or 5 storey building on the left. Anyone knows what building is that?
Michael Tan

Registered: October 2009
Location: US and Japan
Posts: 12
October 16, 2009 4:47am

Yes, Kayes, that white building is indeed the new Hokkien Association building.
It is a shame that the old building was replaced .My father was the secretary of the Association , he occasionally took my brother Peter and I there to FMS for lunch . The cook was Hainanese , He could make the best fried rice topped with real crab meat !, I can still smell it , it was the year 1948 .O.K. I am an old man ,yet I have the advantage of having tasted FMS fried rice .
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,824
February 27, 2019 4:33am

Glad to hear that the old FMS has reopened today under a new name, Durbar @FMS. Will post some pics soon Smile



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