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.
- The Passing of the Late Tan Sri Low Yat, founder of Low Yat Group
- Development of medium-cost Gombak Court and Gombak Flats housing.
- Development of residential development in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.
- Development of Luxury Kenny Hills Apartments.
- Hotel Capitol Kuala Lumpur was constructed, a 230-room business hotel in Kuala Lumpur’s main shopping and hotel belt.
- Completion of Serviced Apartment, Bintang Fairlane Residences in 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.