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Saving Yesterday For Tomorrow

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Heard of a place called Pekan Getah? It is said to be about 2km from Tapah town. I’m sure some of you out there have a story or two to tell us about Pekan Getah. This photo shown above was probably taken in 1958, during the time the New Village was set up.

 

  1. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Perhaps the most bizarre thing to happen in Pekan Getah was a murder that took place some 20 years ago: a decapitated body was found, then identified. Two people who had been seen with the dead man were arrested and interrogated; one of them readily confessed to the killing while the other led the police to the dead man’s disembodied head.

    An open-and-shut case, you might think, but the two defendants were pronounced not guilty by the court and released.

    Who was their lawyer? The late Karpal Singh, assisted by his sons.

    The defendants were Turks linked to Hezbollah and they claimed that the dead man, who travelled on a Canadian passport, was in fact a former Israeli general guilty of war crimes.

    To make things even more interesting, one of the defendants had previously escaped from a Turkish prison where he had been serving a life sentence for murder. Found in Malaysia, he had resisted extradition to Turkey. And who was the lawyer who won that case for him? The late Karpal Singh.

  2. sk says:

    The houses on the right reminded me so much of my house in New Pasir Puteh, Ipoh.
    Well, Have not heard of Pekan Getah. I suppoose it was a Rubber plantation. On the left hand side could the station where the The latex collectors rested. Behind it the Kiln where they dried or smoked the latex sheets & the sheets shall be graded. I remember my neighbours producing the rubber sheets. In the wee early morning, they would cycle into the rubber jungle with the carbide lighted headgears and it was quite smelly. At about 8 a.m., they would bring back the latex & process the latex. They shall pour it in to a rectangular steel container, pour acid over it & pour it out when it had coagulated. They would use their feet to press to thin rectangular sheet. & once thin enough, they shall pass it to a smooth press grinder. The harder part was putting the smooth latex sheet into a diagonal pattern grinder. Much strength was needed. I knew it because I helped them grind with both my hands. They shall hang up the processed latex sheets on the ceiling to dry. On rainy days, they would not tap & collect the latex. They would also not collect the latex after tapping if it rained. The latex would render useless.I could also watched the neighbour sharpening the rubber tappers knife. It had to be sharp, otherwise they could not tap it or no latex shall flow.

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