The township, which was built on tin mining and rubber, is seeing prosperous times due to demand on its real estateALTHOUGH the shine from the tin mining industry from which Sungai Way grew has faded, the glitter in the area is not all lost. What appears to be a sleepy hollow today is enjoying high property value.
"The property price here has gradually increased. Today property owners here can fetch a rent of between RM5,000 to RM6,000 monthly," said Yapp Poh Kiong, a second-generation restaurant owner.
A property valuation carried out by the Petaling Jaya City Council in 1991 showed that the property value here had shot up to 300 per cent. The demand for property could be due to the large presence of industries.
Both mining and rubber planting brought prosperity to the village.
In 1882, Sungai Way was one of the stops included in the construction of Kuala Lumpur-Klang railway line.
Today Sungai Way is known as Seri Setia and comprises Sungai Way New Village, SS9 and Sungai Way Free Trade Zone (FTZ).
The Seri Setia market is its biggest landmark. The three-storey building was built at a cost of RM1.2million.
Just down the main road of the business area at SS9A/1 are the upgraded SJK (C) Sg Way and the police station.
"I remember my school, SJK (C) Sg Way, as a single-storey wooden building. Look at it now," he said.
Yapp added that many of the elder generations here attended the school and were instrumental in raising funds for the school's development.