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๐ƒ๐ข๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐€๐ฅ๐š๐ ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐š'๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐๐ž๐ง๐š๐ง๐  ๐›๐ซ๐š๐ง๐?

๐ผ๐‘ก๐‘  ๐‘“๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ ๐‘š๐‘–๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘–๐‘› ๐ฟ๐‘’๐‘๐‘ขโ„Ž ๐ถโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘Ž, ๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘‘๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ!

The facade of a pre-war building with the Alagappa Flour Mills Sdn Bhd shop sign, an a Malaysian flag in the middle.
The Alagappa Flour Mills in Lebuh China has been around since 1940s.

The Alagappa's brand of spice powder that Malaysians far and wide love started as a small backyard business of grinding spices in Penangโ€™s Lebuh China in 1943 by KR Alagappan Pillai.


Fittingly, Alagappan became known as "Curry King".


Over time, Pillaiโ€™s son, Al Mathivanan Pillai, joined the business and took on the title โ€œCurry Princeโ€.


A company seal in red and white. The word "Seal of Guarantee, Curry King" is written on the sign. Along with the signature of the propeiter
The "Curry King" Seal of Guarantee. Credit: www.alagappas.com.my

A company seal in red and white. The word "Seal of Guarantee, Curry Prince" is written on the sign. Along with the signature of the proprietor.
The "Curry Prince" Seal of Guarantee. Credit: www.alagappas.com.my

Both the โ€œCurry Kingโ€ and โ€œCurry Princeโ€ titles are used as the brandโ€™s seal of guarantee.

However, Al Mathivanan died in 2009 at the age of 61. It is learned that Mathivanan was found with burn marks on his body at his Free School Road house and he succumbed to his injuries.


A comparison of the Alagappa's packaging in 1943 and 2019. The 1943 packaging is pink in color with old styles. The 2019 packaging is multicolor and features a curry dish.
Alagappa's packaging then and now. The pink colour packet was a smaller version for single use, sold around 10ยข till early 70s.Credit: Alagappa's Raja Kari Malaysia Facebook

Alagappa's range of products are very popular in Malaysian kitchens. It has also established markets in major cities such as Melbourne and London and in South Africa and Mauritius.

Both the main premise in Lebuh China and its factory in Bukit Tengah are still standing today.


A woman posing in front of the Alagappa's mural. The mural depicts an edlerly woman wearing the malay traditional clothes of Baju Kedah and Sarong with a head wrap, grinding red chilies using pestle and mortar.
A mural at Butterworth Art Walk celebrating the brand's heritage and contribution to the island and mainland's economy. Credit: Credit: Alagappa's Raja Kari Malaysia Facebook

Alagappa's contribution to Penang island and mainland's heritage and economy is celebrated with a beautiful mural illustrating a lady grinding spices in Butterworth Art Walk.


๐‘ณ๐’Š๐’Œ๐’† ๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’‘๐’๐’”๐’•? ๐‘ฏ๐’†๐’๐’‘ ๐’–๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐’๐’Š๐’Œ๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’”๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’‘๐’๐’”๐’•! โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿ”ฅ

Sources: [1] https://www.thestar.com.my/.../inquest-may-be-held-into...

[2]http://www.alagappas.com.my/main/3131/index.asp...

[3] https://www.facebook.com/Alagappas/posts/2408691579218700

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