HISTORY & MILESTONE

Low Yat Group was established in the 1940’s. Tan Sri Low Yat’s legacy is one underscored by hard work, perseverance and determination.

He was a true pioneer of Kuala Lumpur’s development who oversaw the development of commercial buildings, hotels and properties many of which remain etched in every Malaysian’s consciousness even today such as the Federal Hotel, Malaysia’s first international class hotel; the Langkawi Country Club the first hotel in Langkawi which opened in 1973 when there was little infrastructure to speak of on the island; the pioneering integrated development City Square Centre which won the FIABCI Commercial Development Award in 1994; and Plaza Low Yat which earned the accolade “Malaysia’s Largest IT Mall” by the Malaysian Book of Records in 2009.

Following in the visionary footsteps of his father, whom he credits with predicting Jalan Bukit Bintang’s place as one of Kuala Lumpur’s tourist magnets today, Datuk Seri Tan Seri Low Yow Chuan together with his four children continues to own many key properties in the area besides the iconic Federal Hotel, which includes Hotel Capitol, Low Yat Plaza and the Bintang Fairlane Residences.

In the 1970s he was responsible for establishing a brace of international-class hotels not just in Kuala Lumpur but also in other parts of the country, namely The Federal Beach Hotel in Port Dickson, The Federal Hotel in Ipoh, The Federal Hotel in Penang and The Plaza Hotel in Kuala Lumpur helping build early momentum in the Malaysian tourism sector and indirectly in the nation building process.

28 years after the opening of the Federal Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, he launched the hotel management company, Federal Hotels International in Aug of 1985. Federal Hotels International went on to manage three other hotels, namely Prince Hotel on Jalan Imbi, the Ferringhi Beach Hotel in Penang and the Federal Hotel in Singapore.

The Group’s ongoing growth and diversification plans include development projects in China, Australia and Japan as well as establishing a core business in the palm oil industry.

Notable in the Group’s plans is the 38-storey Tribeca development with its playful, individually coloured windows, which is sure to make it a landmark in the Bukit Bintang area. Bold, individual and trendsetting, the Tribeca development leads the Group’s expansion into luxury urban lifestyle projects. More significantly, it will also see the Group continue to play a leading role in shaping and catalyzing growth and transformation of inner city urban areas such as Bukit Bintang.

LowYat Group is poised to continue the legacy first started by Tan Sri Low Yat. While the challenges that lie ahead are expectedly significant, the Group is well positioned today to take on new opportunities and leave their indelible mark on the tourism, hospitality and property landscape of Kuala Lumpur and beyond.
1947
Founded Low Yat Construction Company Sdn Bhd by the late Tan Sri Dato’ Low Yat.
1948
Constructed the first Capital Hotel which was later sold and renamed as Malaysia Hotel.
1957
Official opening of Malaysia’s first international class hotel, The Federal Hotel in Kuala Lumpur by the former 1st Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, for the independence day celebration.
1963
Build an extension to the Federal Hotel, a 21-storey block behind the current Federal Hotel with a revolutionary ‘revolving restaurant” on the top floor.
1969
AP Land was listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange(now known as Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad) and the Stock Exchange of Singapore Limited.
1971
- Completion of the 100-rooms Langkawi Country Club, Pulau Langkawi
- The Passing of the Late Tan Sri Low Yat, founder of Low Yat Group
1978
The Federal Hotel PortDickson(now known as the Ming Court Vista Hotel) a 165-room hotel in TelokKemang which was later sold to the Malayan United Industries Group in 1980.
1980
Mount Pleasure Resort, Penang, a 57 acre resort township inclusive of condominiums, town houses and a sports and recreational centre.
1981
- Setapak Garden, development of 200 units of residential and shop houses in Gombak.
- Development of medium-cost Gombak Court and Gombak Flats housing.
- Development of residential development in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.
- Development of Luxury Kenny Hills Apartments.
1986
The development of The Prince Hotel Kuala Lumpur, a 300-room first class hotel in downtown Kuala Lumpur, near the famed Bukit Bintang shopping area.
1990
The Group developed the 3-in-1 City Square Centre which was the first of its kind in Malaysia, comprising the Crown Princess Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Empire Tower (Grade A office building) and the City Square Shopping Complex (KL’s Specialty Lifestyle Centre).
1993
The acquisition of a commercial property in Rushcutters Bay in Sydney for re-development into prime residential apartments and hotel.
1994
Tan Sri Datuk Sri Low Yow Chuan awarded as the ‘Property Man of The Year’ by FIABCI-Malaysia.
1995
The acquisition of the Historic Grace Building in Sydney, Australia by the Low Yat Group.
1996
Development of a 4-star, 255 room business hotel in Kuala Lumpur’s main shopping and hotel belt.
1997
- Acquisition, Restoration and Refurbishment of Sydney’s heritage building, The Grace Hotel Sydney. A 4 ½-star, 382-room hotel in the heart of Sydney’s central business district.
- Hotel Capitol Kuala Lumpur was constructed, a 230-room business hotel in Kuala Lumpur’s main shopping and hotel belt.
1998
Official Launching of Bandar Tasik Puteri, previously known as Minyak Estate, a 2,670 acres of integrated development comprising of an International Golf Course & Country Club, mixed residential and commercial.
1999
The establishment of Plaza Low Yat in Bukit Bintang, it was named "Malaysia's Largest IT Lifestyle Mall" by the Malaysia Book of Records in 2009.
2004
Construction of Rivercity Condominium, located near the present Low Yat Group HQ on Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah (formerly known as Jalan Ipoh).
2009
- Low Yat Group ventured into Japan with the development luxury condo, Shiki Niseko in Hokkaido, Japan.
- Completion of Serviced Apartment, Bintang Fairlane Residences in Bukit Bintang.
2012
- The Launch of Tribeca, Luxury Serviced Residence @ JalanImbi Bukit Bintang
- The Group’s acquisition and privatisation of Asia Pacific Land Bhd
- Official opening of Low Yat’s flagship project in Japan, Shiki Niseko.