The origins of the Chinese Assembly Hall (SCAH before 2006, KLSCAH after 2006) can be traced back to the beginning of the 20th century. In pre-Independence Malaya, Chinese community leaders suggested forming an organisation to serve as a Chinese communal space. With a stroke of luck, Loke Yew donated 50,000 yuan to initiate its construction. Then, together with Kapitan Yap Kwan Seng, he applied for land at the government and began the construction of the Chinese Assembly Hall. For several years, the building of the Chinese Assembly Hall went through delays, due to the economic recession after the First World War. Following an economic recovery in 1923, Chinese community forefathers gathered at the Selangor Tin Mining Administration (雪兰莪锡矿总局). They gathered for the Selangor Overseas Chinese Conference, to discuss the formation of a Chinese associations body. Eventually, they proposed to name the building, Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (SCAH), which received unanimous approval from all the Chinese leaders.
The SCAH became the place to meet for the Chinese representatives from Selangor and Kuala Lumpur. Before the formation of the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Hua Zong), it was also the centre of contact for the Chinese Assembly Halls and Chinese Chamber of Commerce across the country. While they represented the Chinese on important issues, the SCAH aimed to serve the citizens and the country as a whole. As the building is located at the epicentre of political, economic, cultural, and educational development, SCAH possessed a network of talents, as well as the ideal hub for business and trade. Ever since then, it has evolved into a state hall, after successfully holding the National Chinese Group Cultural Conference in 1983. By cementing their de-facto status as a leading Chinese organisation, the Chinese Assembly Hall is regarded in high esteem and grandeur, whether it is in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur or throughout the country. Therefore, when implementing conference policy, or promoting activities, they are always aligned with the reputation of Chinese Assembly Hall, as a leading community organisation. We strive to pay close attention to, enhance and do our best, to maintain the leadership of the Chinese Assembly Hall. On July 6, 2007, the Ministry of Arts, Culture and Heritage officially recognised this Chinese Assembly Hall as one of the 1st batch of National Cultural Heritage Buildings, in conjunction with the 50th Independence Day. SCAH is also the first Chinese community building in our country to receive this honour.
In 2003, the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH), formed by Liu Pan Shi, former director of SCAH, was approved for registration by the government in just a few days. Our organisation conducted an emergency board meeting to discuss countermeasures because of the confusing situation. Following that, the board of directors came to an agreement and resolution in line with the general meeting, the Registry of Societies (RoS) announced that the KLSCAH and the Chinese Society were opposed to the formation of the KLCAH, and urged to cancel its registration. However, the appeal was eventually rejected. The RoS then approved the name change of SCAH in 2006. Since then, the name – Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall – was changed to – the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH). The Kuala Lumpur Chinese Assembly Hall was approved by the Registry of Societies (RoS) in 2016 after a group of Chinese members received successful approval from the RoS. Chinese Assembly Hall started with the motto “Maintain a healthy culture of association and remove the unhealthy tendencies of separating Chinese society”, fully opposing the formation of the Federal Territory Chinese Assembly Hall and leaders from many Chinese organisations supported.