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Old January 10th, 2006, 11:07 AM   #1
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Perak - the Land of Grace

Perak is a state that is defined by the course of its namesake river. Perak's population is about two million. Until the nineteenth century, Perak's people were concentrated along the Perak River, and the chief city was riverside Kuala Kangsar. However, the discovery of wondrously rich tin deposits in surrounding valleys lead to the establishment of and transfer of the capital to Taiping and, later, Ipoh. The tin mines around Ipoh are reputedly the richest in the world, and it is no surprise that the city has expanded steadily from the time the mines were discovered in the nineteenth century. Today, Ipoh is one of Malaysia's larger cities, with a population of about half a million people.

Perak covers an area of 21,000 square kilometers, making it the second largest state in Peninsular Malaysia (Pahang is larger). The state is situated along Malaysia's western coast at the northern approach to the Strait of Malacca. It extends deep into the peninsula, with its eastern border marked by mountains of the Main Range.
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Old January 10th, 2006, 11:09 AM   #2
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SAM POH TONG CAVE TEMPLE



The garden is beautifully landscaped with miniature mountains,
waterfalls and temples and a pond full of carp and goldfish



The golden entrance to Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple
To have a vegetarian meal with a difference, come to the Sam Poh Tong Temple. First, you can take a tour of the temple before sitting down to have a reasonably priced meal at the restaurant here.

Located in Gunung Rapat, just 5km south of Ipoh, the temple is built into the cave system, so you will also get to see natural stalactite and stalagmite formations.

There are also statues of Buddha and a pond filled with tortoises. You can choose to feed the tortoises with stalks of vegetables or visit the wishing well to ask for good fortune.

The tortoise pond used to be bigger but it has now been reduced in size to accommodate a new temple and the courtyard beautification programme.
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Old January 10th, 2006, 11:13 AM   #3
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In the 19th century and the early part of the 20th, Ipoh was known as the town of tin miners. However, when you speak of Ipoh City today, the first thing that pops into many minds would be the great food and the beautiful gardens.

Once a small kampong that was rich in tin, the city grew even bigger after the trade ended. Unlike some towns that became deserted after the tin mining industry died, Ipoh flourished and was awarded city status a number of years ago.

Now, Ipoh bustles with activity from education to social to commerce and construction.

The hub for the state of Perak, Ipoh has seen its citizens’ lifestyle remain calm and steady despite the rapid growth of their surroundings.

One very memorable thing about Ipoh is the great food. All sorts of cooking styles can be found here, many of them brought in by the Chinese from the southern provinces and mixed with local flavours.

You can sample get delicious fare like Ipoh hor fun (kwayteow, or flat rice flour noodles). Ipoh chicken rice with beansprouts is another very popular dish. Here, you can find people eating relatively heavy meals even for supper.

There are too many dishes to name here but visitors to Ipoh must make it a point to taste the local food. Chances are the cuisine here is more varied and tastier than many other places in the country. Penangites might challenge this statement, but that’s another story!
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Old January 10th, 2006, 11:14 AM   #4
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PERAK CAVE TEMPLE


Among the famous cave temples are the Perak Tong and Sam Poh Tong. Perak Tong is located at Gunung Tasek and houses over 40 Buddha statues while Sam Poh Tong is located at Gunung Rapat. Sam Poh Tong’s popular attraction is the semi-circular tortoise pond where there are hundreds of tortoises (a symbol of longevity) of various sizes.

Within the Perak Tong temple are 40 Buddha statues, a main altar, and a passage that leads to the caves’ interior. Soon after, you will come to some 385 steps that will beckon to you. After climbing those stairs, you will be rewarded with a beautiful view of the countryside. Perak Tong was built in 1926 by a Buddhist priest from China.
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Old January 10th, 2006, 11:15 AM   #5
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IPOH RAILWAY STATION


If you have seen the railway station in Kuala Lumpur before, you will notice its resemblance to the Ipoh Railway Station. Of a beautiful Moorish architecture combined with modern designs, the Ipoh Railway Station is a lovely structure that is filled with fascinating history.

This impressive landmark has a well-kept floral garden that never ceases to hold visitors spellbound. According to the Perak state authorities, this well-loved spot has been given the nickname “the Taj Mahal of Ipoh” by the locals.
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Old January 10th, 2006, 11:17 AM   #6
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KELLIE'S CASTLE


The ruins of Kellie’s Castle is located near Batu Gajah and is about 30 minutes’ drive from Ipoh. The castle remains in ruins because the construction was never completed by the original owner due to his untimely death.

The property of English rubber tycoon William Kellie Smith, the incomplete 19th-century building remains dark and mysterious with much speculation among locals and visitors about hidden rooms and secret tunnels.

Its allure and romance led these ruins to be chosen as one of the set locations for the filming of "Anna and the King" in the mid 1990's.

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Old January 10th, 2006, 11:19 AM   #7
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PULAU PANGKOR
The best part about this popular Island destination is the range of accomodation. You could choose from an A type hut on the beach to the luxurious and exclusive Pangkor Laut Resort. Whichever you may choose, sandy beaches, clear waters and refreshing breezes await all visitors to this well-known resort.



Just 90km south-west of Ipoh, this fun island getaway is laden with modern facilities and water sports activities. The eastern shores are peppered with fishing villages and many visitors come to buy their year's supply of "keropok" ( fish or prawn crackers) here.



If you want a change from watersports, hire a bike and go round the island. The road is hilly at some parts, but you will be able to explore places like the old Dutch Fort, located in Teluk Gedong or the Batu Bersurat ("Inscribed Stone") close by.
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Old January 10th, 2006, 11:22 AM   #8
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Bukit Larut (formerly Maxwell Hill)

Bukit Larut, located just ten kilometers from quiet Taiping in Perak, is Malaysia's oldest hill station. Bukit Larut is not nearly as developed as more celebrated hill resorts such as the Cameron or Gentung Highlands. However, it preserves much more of the atmosphere of a colonial hill station, with modest, welcoming bungalows, carefully cultivated gardens, and a pervasive atmosphere of cool quietude. The hill is accessible by four-wheel drive only. A land rover is available at the foot of the hill. It leaves every hour from 7am to 6pm. Fare: RM2.50 for adults and RM1 for children.
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TELUK INTAN LEANING TOWER


There may be the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, but in Malaysia, we have our own version too. Known as the Teluk Intan Leaning Tower, the 25.5m tower is shaped like a pagoda and was built in 1885 by a Chinese contractor by the name of Leong Choon Choong. Located just 84km from Ipoh, the Leaning Tower was previously used for water storage.
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Old January 10th, 2006, 11:47 AM   #10
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GUA TEMPURUNG



One of the many unique formations in the cave.
PERAK's Gua Tempurung limestone hills was once described as the state's best kept secret. Of interest are the various caverns, stalactites and stalagmites as well as fascinating limestone formations such as the ''golden'' flowstone and images of dragons and legendary figures on rock surfaces.

How to get there

A shuttle bus leaves at 9am on weekends from the Silveritage Galleria in Jalan Gopeng, Ipoh. The shuttle is operated by SKM Holidays (M) Sdn Bhd and the 30-minute bus ride costs RM15 while the packages range from RM6 to RM22.
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Old January 10th, 2006, 11:57 AM   #11
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good thread...keep on going....
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Old January 10th, 2006, 12:01 PM   #12
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December 14, 2005 19:06 PM

Perak Gets Its First Biomass Industry Project Worth RM260 Mln

IPOH, Dec 14 (Bernama) -- A public listed company is expected to invest about RM260 million in what would be Perak's first biomass project that would see the production of oil palm based biomass.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali, who declined to reveal the name of the company, said that the state government was prepared to offer incentives to the company which expected to produce paper from the pulp and trunks of oil palm as well as biofuel from crude palm oil.

"The state government has agreed to sell land owned by the State Agriculture Development Corporation (SADC) to the company at quite a high price as the company wanted the area to be close to a palm oil mill," he told reporters after chairing the state Exco meeting, here Wednesday.

The SADC's pieces of land to be sold include an area measuring 19.2 hectares and another land measuring eight hectares in Lekir, Sitiawan.

"The state government is not looking so much at the returns from the project but its cooperation is geared more towards the gains to be derived from the development of agriculture in the state using biotechnology," he said.

The company is expected to start building its plant mid next month if the Environment Impact Assessment Report from the Department of Environment comes through soon, he said.

Tajol Rosli said the products from the plant, which expected to employ about 400 people, would be exported to Europe and other developed countries.

He said that the company had also selected Perak for its investment as the state had among the highest number of palm oil mills in the country.

-- BERNAMA
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Perak On Track For Zero Poverty By 2010

IPOH, Jan 18 (Bernama) -- Perak expects to wipe up hardcore poverty in the next four years when an oil palm plantation developed under its poverty eradication programme starts generating revenue.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali said the 800ha plantation operated by the State Agricultural Development Corporation (SADC), was expected to start harvesting fruits in 2009.

"The plantation is expected to yield an income of about RM3.84 million annually to the state government and the money will be used to support 1,192 hardcore poor families in the state," he told reporters after chairing the state executive council's weekly meeting, here Wednesday.

He said that presently, 6,130 families in the state were under the hardcore poverty line and the number would be reduced to 1,192 by the end of the year as several other oil palm plantations under the programme had started to yield income.

"We have two more projects handled by Felcra and the Orang Asli Affairs Department. Perak doesn't give land to the hardcore poor but provide them with RM250 cash aid per family under the programme that was introduced in 1994," he said.

Tajol Rosli said the financial assistance would be stopped when the recipients had come out of the abject poverty category.

He said the latest plantation was acquired by the state government at RM8 million and if the number of hardcore poverty families did not increase markedly in the next three years, revenue from the plantation would be sufficient for Perak to achieve zero poverty by 2010.

According to the second term report of the Eight Malaysia Plan, Perak ranked second after Kelantan in terms of the number of hardcore poor families with 7,372 in 2004. Kelantan had 12,145 hardcore poor families while Pahang, with 7,345, was third.

Tajol Rosli attributed the figure to the high number of Orang Asli in the state. It had since been reduced to 6,130 last year, he said.

Of the 6,130 hardcore poor, 4,026 were Orang Asli families, he added.

The total number of Orang Asli families statewide is 9,642.

-- BERNAMA
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Bharat Bio to set up unit in Malaysia
Business Standard: January 9, 2006


Mumbai: Bharat Biotech will set up a biotechnology facility in Perak, Malaysia, jointly with Perak State Development Corporation and Remco Engineering & Consultancy.

The unit, which needs investment of Rs 45 crore, is expected to be operational by the end of this calendar year.

Industry sources said the vaccine production and biotech R&D set-up will undertake mass production of Hepatitis B, Typhoid and Malaria vaccines. Bharat Biotech sources confirmed the setting up the plant but declined to comment on the time frame by which it would go on stream.

Though Bharat had planned to set up a vaccine plant in Africa, the company embarked on the Malaysia project since the joint venture proposal emerged with the support of the government of Malaysia.

An industry analyst said that Bharat Biotech is planning few more overseas ventures to cater to the world markets.

Bharat Biotech had signed the memorandum of agreement with Remco Engineering and Consultancy and Perak Development Corporation (PDC) for the joint project early last year.

Under the joint venture to set-up the facility, PDC has offered the land, while Bharat Biotech and Remco have responsiblities for providing the technical expertise, and construction services respectively.
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Ipoh society to restore temple
Sunday March 5, 2006
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IPOH: A 100-year-old temple, which was almost swallowed by the jungle, will be restored.

This is the aim of the Ipoh Benevolent Society which unearthed the temple after it was “lost” for 32 years.

According to association adviser Lye Pak Weng, the Da Xiong Bao Dian temple was discovered last year when the society was building a second Amitabha Liberating Pond at the site near the Kuan Yin Tong temple at Jalan Raja Dr Nazrin Shah (previously






ALL INTACT: The interior of the temple that was unearthed by the Ipoh
Benevolent Society when it was in the midst of constructing a pond. --
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The pond is built for devotees to release fish, a common religious practice.

“When we went inside the temple with the Perak Heritage Society, we found that the walls and facade were all intact.

“Based on the architecture, we estimate that the temple is over a century old,” he told reporters after the visit of State Urban and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Chang Ko Youn yesterday.

Lye said they would be working with the Perak Heritage Society to determine the temple’s origins and how it was built.

He said the Ipoh Benevolent Society planned to remove the earth covering the temple and turn it into a tourist attraction.








CURIOUS PASSER-BY: A member of the public checking out the temple which
was discovered near the Kuan Yin Tong temple at Jalan Raja Dr Nazrin Shah
in Ipoh.







“We will need about RM200,000 for the clean-up exercise,” he added.

Meanwhile, Chang urged devotees who had previously prayed at the temple or the temple’s committee members to come forward and assist the society.

“I will also ask officers from the Perak Geological Department to check the stability of the site,” he said.
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2007 deadline to shift swifts
Sunday March 5, 2006
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IPOH: The Perak government has given birds’ nest farmers until the end of next year to relocate to agricultural, commercial or industrial areas.

State Urban and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Chang Ko Youn urged farmers currently operating at places like residential areas to shift to the designated zones.

He said operators need not necessarily pay RM500 to get their business licences as previously reported.







OFF LIMITS: Perak will no longer allow swifts
to nest in farms at residential places.







“It depends on the size of the operation,” he told reporters after visiting the Benevolent Society of Ipoh’s Amitabha liberating pond at Jalan Gopeng here yesterday.

Chang reminded farmers to apply for their licences by the end of the month and warned that the authorities would not hesitate to take action or shut down the businesses of errant farmers.

However, he said, the number of farmers who had registered for their licences was “encouraging”.

He also said operators did not have to submit a plan to their respective council for any planned structural renovations if the changes were minor.

Chang noted that operators must also maintain the façade of the premises.

There were about 1,500 bird’s nest farmers in the state, mostly in Hilir Perak, Manjung, Kerian and Larut Matang.
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Perak firm to invest RM60m in Kanowit plantation project
Monday March 6, 2006


KANOWIT: Putaran Bijak Sdn Bhd, based in Ipoh, is to invest about RM60mil in developing about 7,000ha of Native Customary Right (NCR) land here for an oil palm plantation.

It has formed a joint venture with the Land Custody Development Authority to develop the Bijak Pelita Lesih Plantation.

Its managing director Abdul Rashid Datuk Shaharuddin said recently that the company would develop 7,000ha under phase one, out of the total 15,000ha it was allocated.

State Land Development Minister Datuk Seri Dr James Jemut Masing had earlier launched the project at Joannes Giri longhouse in Lesih here.

“We no longer enjoy the luxury of suitable areas available for a similar purpose in the peninsula. So with the Sarawak invitation, we are more than happy to come to invest,” said Abdul Rashid.

He said Bijak Pelita Lesih Plantation is expected to begin planting next year and its first harvest would be three years after that.

“We are using fast-growing seedlings which can start to bear fruit after three years. The forecast is for us to obtain about RM11mil worth of crude palm oil in our first and subsequent harvests.”

He said the company was planning to set up a crude oil processing mill.

Abdul Rashid said it was the company’s hope that it would be allowed to continue with the second phase development on the remaining 8,000ha.

He estimated that it would cost the company about RM100mil in development cost if both phases were carried out.

The Bijak Pelita Lesih Plantation, involving about 1,800 families from 83 longhouses in the area, is the second commercial oil palm plantation on NCR land here.

The first is the Kanowit Oil Palm Plantation established in 1994 as a pioneer project on NCR land in the state.

It is jointly developed by Boustead Holdings Bhd and Land Custody Development Authority. – Bernama
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ipoh kai fan? What you means? Chicken rice?
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