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Stories From The Ground – Mr Ang, 70, Lucky Kopitiam

Mr Ang has been running Lucky Kopitiam in Pudu for almost 50 years. It was nearly noon when we arrived at Lucky Kopitiam, an age-old establishment in the heart of Pudu, Kuala Lumpur. Right opposite it is the Pudu Market, which was uncharacteristically desolate. A sliver of a ghost town.  Almost every stall was covered in tarp. Walking through the empty market evoked only memories of the sights, sounds, and smells that used to fill the space. Remember how the market vendors and peddlers vied for your attention in colourful Cantonese and Mandarin? Remember how you had to brace yourself

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