Edelweiss Café in Penang reputable to be a cafe that preserve heritage building and the interior are decorated with antiques like a mini museum that have antique stuff like building, furniture, iron, clock, tiffin, etc for it customer to view, provide "good food and drink in heritage environment". The Cafe also features in a documentary. Now, in Ipoh, We also have a similar Kopitiam that with heritage theme, despite not yet like a mini museum like Edelweiss Café. But you can have food and drink at much cheaper price comparativelt to Edelweiss Café . The Kopitiam call Lim Ko Pi 啉咖啡, which just opened for business on 30 April 2011. The entrance to Lim Ko Pi 啉咖啡
The Kopitiam operate by Lim Family, which spend approximately RM5million to acquired 12 pre-war buildings in Ipoh for conservation as they are passionate about everything vintage.The family decided to “start small” by restoring the shop next to Oversea Building, formerly occupied by an insurance company, into a kopitiam.
The shop’s name means Drink Coffee in Teochew, the clan which Lim Chai Hock belongs to.
The building had housed the Bank Of Malaya, the first Chinese bank in Ipoh founded in 1920 until it was forced to close in 1930 due to the Great Depression. Later, it was taken over by Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation Ltd. “Restoration works and the starting of Lim Ko Pi cost about RM450,000,” said Lim Chai Hock 52. Perak State EXCO Dato' Dr Mah Hang Soon also visited the Cafe after knowing the family invested such amount to preserve heritage in Ipoh. The family also offer 1st floor of the building as a venue of meeting for those who passionate about vintage, antique and heritage to meet regularly.
Busy time at Lim Ko Pi 啉咖啡 ( The Star )
The special feature of this kopitiam is that at the back of the shop, there are 2 separate enclosures which can accommodate 2 kopitiam tables. It is open air and has a garden theme at the back of the shop, with port holes and airwells characteristic of turn-of-the-century shophouses, gracefully set off by potted plants.
Their bread and homemade Pao ( Buns) is reputable. Oversea Building next to it would be restored and made into a budget hotel.
Partners in business: Chai Hock helping his wife Lee (at the till) to operate Lim Ko Pi 啉咖啡 whenever he is on leave. ( The Star )
Below are Excerpt from Nanayang dated 2 Aug 2011:
City council analysing possibility of assessment reduction as an incentive for heritage perservation
Our company's CEO has submitted two feedback on Ipoh Draft Local Plan 2020 as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme to contribute back to the community. Our first feedback and proposal submitted before the deadline on 23 Aug 2010. After the deadline has been extended for another one month. We have submitted our second feedback and proposal before the final deadline on 22 Sept 2010. Our CEO has attended a Public Hearing on 3 May 2011. Despite mentioned as Public Hearing. Our CEO only allowed to went in alone to face a Panel of Committee headed by State financial officer Datuk Jamaluddin Al-Amini Ahmad.
Below are our feedback at Public Hearing as follow:
Below are our first feedback and proposal submitted before 23 Aug 2010:
1) BP2 Station 18 Pengkalan - Bandar Botani
There is a lot of investor from Perak who invest in Sabah and Vice-Verse, Example of public listed company are MHC (5026) Which invest in Cepat (8982) and TSH (9059) which invest in Ekowood (5091). There are many private company within the states which do the same. However, there is no direct flight between Sabah and Perak. We proposed a direct flight between Ipoh and Sabah so that investor from Manjong District of Perak do not required to go to KLIA to take flight to Sabah and Vice-Verse to make Ipoh airport more lively.
We suggest that the proposed LRT system has to be connected to Manjung District, which is the most prosperous district in Perak. This also can move the Navy personal base in Lumut to come to Ipoh to make Ipoh more lively.
3)BP4 Medan Ipoh - Bercham - Tasek - Tanjung Rambutan
Proposed LRT system should have a connection between Bercham - Tasek and Ipoh KTMB Railway station to bring in University student of University Tunku Abdul Rahman in Kampar to shopping hub in Ipoh. There is already a Electric Train Services currently betwen Ipoh and KL which pass by Kampar. Student of University Tunku Abdul Rahman from Kampar able to take the Electric Train Services to Ipoh but the public transport between Ipoh raiway station and major shopping hub in Ipoh are not that convenient
4) BP6 Meru - Jelapang - Silibin - Menglembu
Ipoh contribute about 60% of shoe export and production in Malaysia. However, There is no Fashion & Shoe industrial Cluster under Ipoh Master Plan 2020. We proposed Falim and Menglembu become Fashion & Shoe industrial cluster, rather than Falim amd Menglembu become Engineering & Welding industrial Cluster under Ipoh Master Plan 2020. We feel that Pengkalan Industrial area are more suitable for Engineering and Welding Cluster as, metal, steel, iron foundry and machinery industry at Pengkalan Industrial area are competitive and able to export to other country like Indonesia.
Below are our second feedback and proposal submitted before 22 Sept 2010 as follow:
5) BP2 Station 18 - Pengkalan - Bandar Botani
Ipoh Master Plan 2020 proposed that Pengkalan Industrial area become Food industry Cluster. We feel that the whole Ipoh or even whole Perak state are Food industrial Cluster as we have soy sauce, edible oil, Ipoh white coffee and various other food manufacturer in Ipoh and Perak. Thus, we feel that Food industrial Cluster not necessary in Ipoh.
6) BP2 Station 18 - Pengkalan - Bandar Botani
We suggest Pengkalan Industrial Area become wholesaler and warehousing cluster. Pengkalan Industrial Area do not lack of wholeseller like Mau Dan and Xin Loong. The cluster can go as far as Simpang Pulai. Two MNC, both Tesco and GCH (Giant) have invested more than RM60million each in Simpang Pulai to set up Distribution Centre for Fresh Food due to it close proximity of it with Cameron Highland. Government Agency State Federal Agriculture Marketing Authority (FAMA) also set up National Food Terminal (Teman) in Simpang Pulai. Thus, we proposed Pengkalan Industrial Area together with Simpang Pulai to become Wholesaler and Warehousing Cluster. Together with Fashion & Shoe Industrial Cluster, which will included Shoe wholesaler. This will form a very strong industrial cluster in Ipoh.
We feel that Kedah Paddy Museum are very successful in attracting tourist to Kedah. We feel we should have one similar Museum in Ipoh or Perak to attract tourist. We proposed a Tin Mining Museum to be set up. And location should be at Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge. Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge is about to sink within 2 months and required RM360,000 to restore it and prevent it from sinking further.
Documentary DVD series: "Malaysia, My Home 2". Explore live of Malaysian Chinese. Episode 10 featuring Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge, the person in charge and Perak Heritage Society. The DVDs are in Mandarin with English and Malay subtitled. This DVD available in major Popular bookstores in Malaysia
Outcome :State financial officer Datuk Jamaluddin Al-Amini Ahmad has rejected the above proposal immediately claiming that Tanjung Tualang was outside jurisdiction of Ipoh City Council
Follow Up : Senior State Executive Councilor of Perak Datuk Hamidah Osman announced that Perak state government has allocated RM3.5million to restore Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge few weeks after public hearing Nanyang Siang Pao feature Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge at it travel column .
8) BP6 Meru -Jelapang - Silibin - Menglembu
We proposed an Innovation University to be set up near Fashion & shoe industrial cluster and Ceramic industrial Cluster to transform Ipoh from Industrial economy to become knowledge economy or innovative economy.
Outcome : State financial officer Datuk Jamaluddin Al-Amini Ahmad also rejected this proposal immediately due to it high cost.
9) BP2 Station 18 - Pengkalan -Bandar Botani
We proposed Pengkalan Industrial Area together with Simpang Pulai to become second Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) hub in Ipoh, Perak, rather than Greentown announced earlier. This will encourage Tesco and GCH ( Giant), which has invested RM60million each to set up Distribution Centre in Simpang Pulai. To make this area become Shares Services Centre (SSC) for retail industry. And to become R&D centre for Retail industry developing Supply chain Management (SCM) system, Point of Sales (POS) system and Warehouse Management System (WMS). Ecommence industry company like us also able to get supply from wholesaler here.
Outcome : State financial officer Datuk Jamaluddin Al-Amini Ahmad also rejected the above proposal immediately claiming that I have conflict of interest to locate my own company in that area to apply for MSC status. As I am surprise they will reject the proposal. I become speechless. However,after the public hearing, I feel that both Tesco & GCH (Giant) have invested more than RM60 million each in that area but we did nothing to capitalize on their investment. Foreign Investor from China, Wenzhou also invest in that area.