Malaysia Votes 2018

Gentrification garners supporters, but also some dissatisfaction

A backlane in Jalan Trus in Johor Baru being re-turfed as tourists walk past.
A backlane in Jalan Trus in Johor Baru being re-turfed as tourists walk past.ST PHOTO: ZAIHAN MOHAMED YUSOF

Johor Baru's old shopping district used to have shops that sold only traditional jewellery, tailored clothes and religious artefacts.

Today, the area around Jalan Trus and Jalan Dhoby has added vibrancy, thanks to hipster hangouts like Chaiwalla & Co, a cafe which operates out of a shipping container in Jalan Tan Hiok Nee.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 06, 2018, with the headline 'Gentrification garners supporters, but also some dissatisfaction'. Print Edition | Subscribe