Arlene House which was originally a Chung Thye Phing building of Neo-Classical (Victorian-Palladian) architectural design, was built in 1905 by Kapitan Chung Thye Phin. Kapitan Chung was a prominent tin miner in Kinta Valley during the time of Dato’ Panglima Kinta Muhammad Yusuff. He was “the last Kapitan Cina (Chinese Captain) of Perak and Malaya”. This building which is situated at No. 18, Jalan Dato’ Maharajalela, was used as the headquarters-cum-trading store, (a.k.a. Phin Kee Chan) for tin mining, plantations, and revenue farm business activities.
Subsequently, a medical hall was established by Dr R.M Connolly (pre-eminent European doctor in Ipoh) in this building, followed by Oldfield Dispensaries Ltd. and George Town Dispensary. ir family. So, here we can see that even if we come from a wealthy family we might not have the opportunity to experience having a happy family as all of their family members are busy doing their own things and rarely communicate with each other. Thus, it results in terms of their communication and somehow makes it hard for us to solve any problems that occur within the family. If the problems remain unsolved, our family bonding might be getting loosen and soon give an impact towards the way they respect each other. Apart from that, living in luxury might also make our life filled with debt if we keep on spending a lot of our money for unnecessary things without saving it for our future. It is not a sin for living in luxury if we know how to manage our personal and also business life. The wrong thing is when we were given this chance but we tend to forget our obligations towards our creator. Thus, if right now we are living in moderation without being affectionate with luxury, be thankful. This is because Allah has written that this is our part in life, and everyone can be happy in their own ways without depending too much on money and luxury.
The building was initially built jointly by him in partnership with Eu Tong Sen, two of the most prolific tycoons in Ipoh, It clearly shows that the Chung Thye Phin Building (on the right) completed in 1909 and in the hands of Oldfield’s Dispensary Ltd and which had previously been the Medical Hall, established by Dr R M Connolly.
This building is undergoing conservation-restoration works, renamed “Arlene House” and slated to be one of Ipoh’s historical heritage and iconic landmarks to visit upon its completion at the end of 2016.