Kampung Dato' Keramat 

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KAMPUNG Dato' Keramat,off Jalan Ampang, started as a low-cost settlement to complement the growing but limited space of nearby Kampung Baru, a Malay reserve land. (For Google map reference, please log
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Later, as Kampung Dato' Keramat became more congested, the area expanded into Taman Keramat across Jalan Jelatek, which subsequently became its main access road. Today, the entire area is known as Keramat. The Klang River flows from Klang Gates in the north and along Keramat's eastern border. It then curves in an embrace to form the southern boundary.

Keramat is serviced by three light rail transit (LRT)stations. This gives us an indication of the population size here and their dependence on public transport.

The term "Dato' Keramat" is often linked to a religious belief that is a blend of pre-lslamic animistic belief,
Sufi saint worship and Chinese folk religion. "Keramat" means blessing, sacred or holy. People tend to believe that spirits dwell in certain objectsthat are unusual - perhaps old trees, or large boulders that sit incongruously on flat land.

From Jalan Semarak, Jalan Gurney runs into Kampung Dato' Keramat and thereafter joins Jalan Keramat. North of these roads, there is a Bukit Keramat. The land tapers downhill southward to the Klang River. Jalan Dato' Keramat runs parallel to the river and forms the southern boundary of the village.

The village comprises many low-cost single-storey houses, plus low-cost public housing flats, such as Sri Perils I, Sri Perils 2 and Murni Titiwangsa.

The LRT line also runs parallel to the river and Jalan Dato' Keramat. The Damai station is located here.
This is also where the river bends in an embrace, making the location especially conducive for success. It is possible that the embrace created a pool of homogenous, gentle earth energy that draws people to concentrate in the area, thus prompting the location of the station.

But the station itself and the LRT system may cancel out the benefits. Fast-moving trains create air
turbulence that disrupts pools of earth energy from collecting. Thus, the immediate vicinity of train lines
generally does not fare very well, as can be seen in other parts of our tour. As a consolation, since trains have to slow down as they approach a station, the wind tunnel effect here may not be very strong, and thus have a less severe effect.

Based on the landform here, houses and buildings that face south, towards the river, are likely to do well.
They would be in a good position to tap into the energy pool.

Apart from that, another good direction to face is west, which parallels the river and follows its direction.
East of Kampung Dato' Keramat is Taman Keramat, considered an offshoot of the former, with a signifi-
cant portion of it developed by PKNS. Jalan Enggang forms the backbone and main access road of this township. The road is built parallel to the Klang River until it joins Jalan Ampang Utama, which continues on the same path.

The Klang River curves in a gigantic embrace around the whole of Taman Keramat and it is indeed
a blessing, from an environology standpoint. The embrace creates a pool of energy that houses, shops,
businesses and factories can tap into. Furthermore, there is a large hill at Setiawangsa to the north that
generates earth energy which flows to the river and is rebounded into the pool.

Thus, properties here that face the river or follow its flow are likely to be conducive for their occupants' suc
cess. It would depend on the exact location of each property in question since its relative position to the river is different.

On the other side of the hill is Taman Setiawangsa, a comparatively newer development. Situated north of Jalan Jelatek, the township was first launched in 1984 as a mixed development. Today, it is a vibrant place with a business centre, the Jusco shopping mall, Giant hypermarket and the National Sports Council complex.

Most of this township is located on the south side of the Setiawangsa Hill with some undulations. Generally, a downhill facing property is likely to be good for its occupants. For most parts, that would be south. There are several roads that ring the hill. For these homes, any direction they face that puts the mountain on the back and low land in front is good.

The newly opened Duta Ulu Klang Expressway (DUKE) bisects the township, to provide easier access
between Jalan Duta and Ulu Klang. However, we have reservations about highways, especially elevated
ones, as they literally become a hill or mountain, plus fast moving traffic also create air turbulence which can disperse earth energy.

Embassy Row along Jalan Ampang used to be a posh up-market residential area populated by diplomatic missions and expatriate homes. Today, it is a nightmare of traffic jams. In spite of that, development still took place steadily in some parts.

The Klang River is parallel to Jalan Ampang at the Embassy Row. Therefore properties on one side of Jalan Ampang and Taman U Thant are likely to do well. This is typically the south side of the road, with north-facing properties.

That would include buildings such as Great Eastern Mall. It is obvious that this side of the road seems to be more "prosperous" than their opposite neighbours, thanks to the river's presence.

However, not all do well. In areas where the river (or Jalan Ampang) bends away to form an outer elbow,
the immediate area will not do as well. A convex or outer arm of a bend (be it river or road) has a curvature that disperses earth energy rather than concentrate and pool it.

On the opposite side, even when the road creates an embrace, it is insufficient to mitigate the proper-
ties' orientation that backs the river. This is also apparent from simple observation. Amp Walk, once touted as Ampang's hottest happening place, is a quiet place. Wisma Chinese Commerce also looks quiet.

These buildings would probably benefit from some creative and aggressive promotion activity, plus
renovation to reorient the front door. The main entrance ought to face west, to parallel the river's flow

The Gleneagles Medical Centre is oriented that way, by using a slip road off Jalan Ampang as its access
road. The main entrance does not face Jalan Ampang but instead faces the downstream path of the river.
The same rule of thumb generally applies to the embassies both along Jalan Ampang, and on the nearby roads: face north to the river, or west along its flow direction.

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