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Saving Yesterday For Tomorrow

Left image: Simee New Village, 1951 (from the Kinta Valley Book) Right image: Simee today (picture from the Star, 12th October 2018)

How many of you out there lived / grew up in Simee? We’d love to hear some of your childhood adventures (or, misadventures…especially the funny ones 😉 ).

Maybe someone out there may also know HOW Simee got its name?

  1. Ngai C O says:


    Two links below:

    kampung simee perak – date of completion -UTAR and Story of Kampung Simee featured in documentary-MalayMail News.

    They might help throw some light to the village although the UTAR study has some basic inaccuracies and the recommendations are a tall order and not see the light of day.

    I could not find the documentary.

    Also, the purported first police station in Kg Simee picture in Ipohworld might not be what it was.

    Kg Simee has featured more video and Youtube clips than other surrounding villages – mainly food.

    It remains a very popular place for surrounding populations to source their needs due to their close proximity to the village, generating the bulk of its income from outside.

    Hence, its economy is thriving in comparison to its population.

    Bercham Village, on the other hand seems to be shrinking due to the encroachment of urbanisation.

  2. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Dear felicia

    In the difference between the two photographs, 1951 versus 2018, there is a story (although it’s not very funny):

    When the “New Villages” were built in the 1950s, no thought or money was put into their design. They were concentration camps, nothing more. As a result, when eventually some of them were incorporated into the boundaries of the nearest large town, it was the town that had to pay to make sure that structures in the “New Village” came up to the health and safety standards of the town.

    I don’t have figures at hand to detail what Ipoh had to spend on all its “New Villages” but it was a considerable sum.


    In one study conducted about ten years ago, people who had come up in these New Villages were asked what it had been like. One rather old man said:

    I was happy to know we were going to have our own farming lot from the government … I thought we could be protected by the government and kept safe from the Communists … I never thought life behind barbed wire could be like that.

    Asked about his concluding “that,” he elaborated: “Like a concentration camp, lah!”

    Again, not a funny story. I apologise!


    Incidentally, it was Gerald Templer who, for obvious reasons not wanting to use the term “concentration camp” or even “resettlement camp,” decided that the term “New Village” should be used. He felt it would be more appealing. As you can see, it did not fool the inmates.

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