Han Chin Pet Soo is open! Book now at www.ipohworld.org/reservation
Han Chin Pet Soo is open! Book now at www.ipohworld.org/reservation

May 2013

A Day of Smiles at Falim House

By |2013-05-26T19:55:30+08:00May 26th, 2013|Categories: About Us|

Today, Sunday 26 May 2013 really was a day of smiles 885 of them! Yes 885 people registered at ipohworld’s exhibition mounted at Falim House and good humour was the order of the day.

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Have you been to Falim yet? You really should as it is ipohworld’s best show yet.

Different View of Ipoh Town

By |2013-05-22T15:28:05+08:00May 22nd, 2013|Categories: About Us, childhood, history|

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On the far left is a provision shop. Across the road is a photography studio. Anyone know where in Ipoh these shops are? I admit I’ve never really seen this side of Ipoh before…

We thank John McAuley for this photograph, which was probably taken somewhere in 1956/57.

ACS, Ipoh – Alumni Gathering

By |2013-05-16T14:29:32+08:00May 16th, 2013|Categories: About Us|Tags: , |

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Calling all Alumni of ACS Ipoh! Keep the 3rd of August 2013 free…..for a “an unforgettable evening of fun, laughter and friendship”. This get-together will be held at the Kinta Riverfront Hotel, from 6.30pm-12am. Those interested can contact:

Ms Lim (05-2532882); Mr Looi (012-5151116); Mr Hum (012-3360770); Mr Lau (017-8820608); OR book online at http://goo.gl/XENKL


April 2013

March 2013

Employment Vacancy

By |2013-03-12T08:31:13+08:00March 12th, 2013|Categories: About Us, Exhibitions, ipoh, Museums, tourism|Tags: , , , |


We are currently planning to run an exhibition called “A Mining Family” at Falim House. This is not about one family, but an amalgam of more than 200 photographs and a large number of artifacts that show the lifestyle and labours  of several of Ipoh’s Mining Towkays. The exhibition is targeted to open on 1st May 2013 and run for at least three months. Entrance will be FOC. We then hope to move to new, permanent premises where more exhibitions will run in what will be known as a Heritage Centre.

Clearly in the longer term we will need several extra permanent staff, but for the Falim House show we simply need an Assistant Exhibition Manager who we hope will advance to Manager of the new heritage centre.

Applicants should have an interest in heritage and must be competent to converse in both English and Malay. The ability to speak Mandarin/Cantonese would be an advantage. Own transport will be required to get to Falim. Any relevant experience will be taken into account. Salary is negotiable.

Should you be interested in this position you may apply by sending your Resume/CV and photograph to us at info@ipohworld.org. You should indicate your expected remuneration. We will respond to all applications advising whether we wish to call you for interview or not.

Closing date for applications is Saturday 30th March 2013.-

We look forward to hearing from you.



Sneak Preview – Ipohgal’s New Book!

By |2013-03-02T08:42:16+08:00March 2nd, 2013|Categories: About Us|

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We’re pleased to announce that one of Readers – Ipohgal – is coming up with a book. Here’s how she describes it:


It all started two years ago when Commander Ian Anderson from Ipohworld’s World invited me to contribute some stories to “Ipoh, My Home Town,” a book on growing up in Ipoh. I sent in five stories. All were accepted and published.

The responses I received from his readers were simply awe-inspiring.

This in turn gave me the idea to compile the rest of my short stories into a book called “The Story of a Scissors Sharpener’s Daughter.” The purpose of compiling this book is to give my readers an insight into the lives of a family in the 1960s and 1970s in this tin-mining city. It is not the story of a rich family but a resilient and humble one. You can say mine is a story of the voiceless and the faceless in a city known as “City of the Millionaires.

Compiling this book has turned me from a blogger to a writer. It was a journey of faith and courage. Of course there were trials and tribulations as I went along. Time constraints and financial limitations were always there but I persevered because this is a story that I really want to share and not keep in the closet of my heart.

I relied heavily on memories of my childhood days that somehow stayed so vividly in the deepest recess of my mind despite the passage of time. Before my parents passed on, they always used to reminisce how tough it was for the family and these were some of the stories that I have included too in this book.

Lastly, I would like to thank my wonderful family, friends and relatives for their patience and encouragement. Without their valuable support this book would not have come to fruition. I am glad to see this book, my first endeavor, is finally here before our eyes.

To place your order please visit:


and also for more details visit:


Where Is It?

By |2013-03-01T17:19:45+08:00March 1st, 2013|Categories: About Us|

We’d like to thank Keith Nelson for this photo. Does anyone know where this place is? Could it be Ipoh or somewhere in Perak? Or, could it be another state altogether?


February 2013

What It Used To Be…

By |2013-02-04T17:07:25+08:00February 4th, 2013|Categories: About Us|


This is what the above Ipoh street looked like back in the 70s. Yes, all of you know this one…..as well as what is at both ends of the street! 🙂 Today with all the heavy traffic, it’s not easy to get such a nice photo of this same location…..unless it’s early in the morning or during a public holiday 😉

January 2013

…Miss who?

By |2013-01-09T11:19:33+08:00January 9th, 2013|Categories: About Us|Tags: , |

Anyone know who’s the pretty lady in the picture? I’m guessing she’s a contestant from a beauty contest (note the sash) and perhaps this was one of those promotional photo shoots. Was this taken at a park in Ipoh? Well, you tell us! And, if the lucky gentleman who posed with this lady is reading this….DO share your story with us!

December 2012

November 2012

Traders on the Bridge

By |2012-11-28T08:36:19+08:00November 28th, 2012|Categories: About Us|

We’ve had past comments about Burmese traders selling precious stones on the Hugh Low Bridge at weekends. Here’s a rare picture of one such scene from 1971.

Have you encountered any of these traders before? Do share some of your stories with us 🙂

We thank Jeffrey Liew for allowing us to use this picture.


Some Help Needed Here

By |2012-11-22T14:20:33+08:00November 6th, 2012|Categories: About Us|

In response to the below appeal we have unusually agreed to publish this. Please help if you can but remember  – pets are not toys to be discarded when you are bored with them. They are for life.

“TheNoah’s Ark Ipoh is managing the ISPCA cattery. We have lots of kittens at the moment, around 20! We also have around 40 adult cats looking for a good home. Can you help us get the word out about adoption as the only option? We have cute pictures and descriptive pharagraphs of the cats personalities. We would like to reach as many people as possible.

We are open on weekends from 10-12 for adoptions.  We are also looking for some volunteer helpers/play mates/groomers at the Cattery. If you know anyone who loves cats, send them my contact info please.
Thank you,
Jenna Murray

My name is Snowball. I am mostly white, with a short tail and quite rotund like a ball. I have awfully cute marble-grey eyes. I am also very playful and cute. I am just a few months old and super cute. I am already done (neutered/spayed) and cute too. I am ready for adventure and would be good with a family that has children.

As you can see.. I am just all cute. Come and visit me at the cattery. Pray and hope that i get a nice family to go home to soon. Will you take me home please? I can be good… and i am cute you know.

A little history about Garfield. I am not sure how long he has been in The Cattery, but his owner abandoned him as he lost almost all his fur and didn’t look good anymore. Fur loss was probably due to stress … like how we lose our hair when stressed. Nothing a little TLC couldn’t solve- you should see his handsome self now. Very calm temperament. He would be a perfect lap cat for Grandma. He would make a WONDERFUL friend. Anyone want to adopt him? He’s neutered and very, very SWEET!

Now here are three more lonely feline friends looking for new homes.

Sunshine tells us.  I am a ginger and white kitten with a very round face. They all call me big face because my face is as round as the mOOn. I am most playful and full of energy as i’ve been confined in a condo (most of the time) with another smaller ginger and white with a small face (who is not as cute as me). Snowball used to live with me. Now that he has found a good home, I wish to go home too. I need a good mama to wipe my face for me, a warm bed to sleep in and lots of hugs and snuggles. I will be the sunshine on your shoulders if you bring me home as my fur lights up like the sunshine. I will light up your life and make you very happy. Take me home, Please?

Lavender’s tale (sic). I was rescued from the Turf Club way back in June this year. I was heavily pregnant and about to pop. I gave birth to 5 lil’ sweet kittens safely in the cattery and they named my babies the Smallies

Each and every kitten of mine has found a forever home and its time that I should leave the cattery too. I am a very sweet cat, gentle and just love minding my own business. I don’t get into fights and I can mix very well with other cats. I’ll make a very nice lap cat and a wonderful companion for some senior folks as I am not noisy. I just love a good cuddle and a good home.

Give us adult cats a chance and share your home with us. I am already neutered and am ready to go home anytime you are ready to pick me up. We are all litter trained and we just need someone to love. Come and get me soon, ya?

Blue the Siamese – her story. Blue was rescued two months ago with severe mange and a burnt back… she has been treated, vaccinated and spayed and ready for her new home. She is a beautiful Siamese and extremely affectionate. The person who adopts her is extremely lucky. She loves human company and is like a shadow….she gets on well with other cats and is an absolute gem.

Her bad past is behind her now. All she needs is a loving home. Does anyone want to have a beautiful Siamese?



October 2012

September 2012

Convent Girls of Yesteryear – We Need Your Help

By |2012-09-12T19:10:47+08:00September 12th, 2012|Categories: About Us|

We have received the following message and wondered if anyone could help please.

:Name: Carmel Donnellan & Pip Tudgay

E-Mail Address: gitroffle@gmail.com

Message: Good Day

I am a relative of Sr. Oliver Deering (Wicklow, Ireland) who taught and lived at this school from the early 1920’s to her retirement in the late 1970’s. Sr. Oliver was my grand-mother’s sister. We are hoping to visit the convent later in the year or early next year. It would be great to know if anyone knew her/of her.

Kind Rgds


May 2012

The Ipoh Swimming Club, 1950s

By |2012-05-29T16:59:19+08:00May 29th, 2012|Categories: About Us, childhood, Memories, People|Tags: , , , |

These were sent to us by the Macduffs (Ian and Sheila), who also shared some memories of what the Ipoh Swimming Club was like back in the 50s.

Sheila tells us that the sketch of the four boys on the programme cover was done by Pat Power. We are not too sure of the identity of all the boys, but from left to right: Unknown; Ian Macduff; Unknown; Anthony Shuttleworth. Perhaps someone will recognise the other two lads?

From the comments we’ve been getting on the previous posts about the swimming club, we’re glad that some of you have met up with some long lost childhood friends!  That’s one of the most satisfying aspects of running ipohWorld. Hopefully these and some more from Sheila, yet to be posted, will link more of you. 🙂

Are you “into” Martial Arts?

By |2012-05-26T08:39:19+08:00May 26th, 2012|Categories: About Us, Books, history, ipoh, Memories, People|Tags: , , , , |

Well there was one man at least in Ipoh who was very much into it, particularly ‘Kung Fu Karato’. He was known as Leong Fu and he lived at 119 Anderson Road, Ipoh. Not only was he into the art, he was the world champion, having fought in all parts of the Kung Fu world and beaten all comers. When he retired he did so as the unconquered champion of the Kung Fu world.

Subsequently in 1947 he produced a massive book describing the many moves that an exponent needs to learn. Here is the cover and a part of the title page of that book for your viewing.

This, truly a giant book, lent to us by Charlie,  measures 10 x 12 inches and is 2.25 inches thick, with hundreds of drawings of the different stances and moves needed tp be practiced. Despite its size, it sold all over the world as is shown in the last few pages by a wide range of letters and photographs of people who benefitted from the publication. Leong Fu clearly put Ipoh on the world map!

Now the question is how can we obtain a photograph of the King of Kung Fu Karato? Does anyone know his family or have a photo we could scan? We really need to feature Leong Fu on our history database as there is no doubt that he made history.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Anyone for Konkey?

By |2012-05-05T08:59:29+08:00May 5th, 2012|Categories: About Us, childhood, games, ipoh, Memories|Tags: , |

The Konkey Game played in Ipoh & Surrounds

By IpohBornKid

Introduction:  When the X generation was growing up, they did not have affluent parents who would buy them toys, hi-fi sets or computer games.  They relied on their ingenuity and played games that cost nothing.  These games were usually played in the open air about 3 pm onwards when the sun was not so hot and the breeze was blowing.  In the weekends, it was played in the morning until 11 am and later in the afternoon.

In those days, there were abundant flat sandy soil or grass covered areas in vacant building lots and the compounds of the village houses.  Children whose neighbours (aged between 6-12) were played together and they developed a strong bond among themselves.  They grew up together and as they matured into adolescence, another generation of young kids took their place.  It was healthy outdoor exercise and the parents were never worried about what their children were up to because they played with the children of their friends or neighbours. 

The Game:  The “Konkey” (name derived from English word “Donkey”) game is a team game similar to cricket.  Instead of bat and ball, it has two sticks,  diameter around 2.5 cm or less, and the long stick (LS) is about 50 cm in length with the short stick (SS) about one third of its length.  The LS is equivalent to the bat and the SS is equivalent to the ball.  In cricket, the ball is bowled by the bowler and the batsman defends his stumps with his bat.  Similarly, in the Konkey game, the opening player launches his SS with his LS from a trench in the ground and he defends his trench with his LS.

 Before the Konkey game starts, a trench is dug on the ground about 20 cm long, 5 cm wide tapering on the ends, and about 4 cm deep.  Two sticks as described above are used as bat (LS) and ball (SS).  The SS is placed on the ground across the trench and is launched by the LS.  The most effective way to launch is to place the LS in near the front of the trench and below the SS.  You can change the angle of launch by moving the LS left or right.  Usually most launches are perpendicular to the SS.  Pushing the LS into the ground, the launcher lifts his LS and propels the SS up in the air.   This is called launching the SS (ball).  Please refer to schematic diagram.

 The game begins after two teamsare selected and a toss to see which team launches (bat) first.    The launch team stay behind the trench and the field team spreads out in the field and strategically position themselves to catch the SS. 

 The first player in the launch team prepares himself to launch the SS with his LS,  The launcher lifts theSS in the air and generally puts it in a direction where there is no field player to catch it.  When the SS is caught by a field player, the launcher is out and the next launcher in the team takes his place.  The team is all out when they have exhausted the launcher (all bowled out) and the points are totalled.. (See point scoring next).  If the score is less than 100, the team change sides and the field team become the launchers.

\When the field players failed to catch the SS, it falls on the ground.  At this stage, a field player will pick up the SS and attempts to throw the SS back into the trench (trying to hit the stumps) with the launcher defending the trench (like a batsman) with his LS.  He can whack the SS stick whilst it is still in the air.  The field player can try to catch it.  If they did, the launcher is out.  If not, the distance between the position of the LS and the trench forms the basis of points scoring.  Using LS as a measuring rod, the launcher scores one point for each length of the LS measured.  The score is cumulative for the team.

If the first measure is not taken,the launcher can ask for second throw.  This is only safe when the SS is a considerable distance from the trench.  The rule for the second throw is the same as the first throw.  If on the second throw, the SS is caught, the launcher is out.  If SS is falls on the ground, the distance between the SS and the trench is the basis of point scoring but this time, the SS is used as a measure.  Hence, on the second throw, the point score tripled (since one LS is 3x the length of SS).

On reaching a 100 points, (arbitrarily agreed target points), the launcher team wins the game.  However if all the launchers are out and the score is below 100, the team changes sides and the game starts again.

 The penalty part of the game varies from village to village, town to town.  In one version, the winning team player holds the SS in one hand, drops the SS and whack it with the LS held by the other hand.  One of the player  in the losing team then picks up the SS in his hand and runs towards the trench.  As he is running, he has to say “Konkey, konkey, etc. all the way to the trench whilst the winner player gently whack his bum with the LS,  After the penalty, the game starts again,

March 2012

Who Would Have Guessed…

By |2012-03-31T10:28:21+08:00March 30th, 2012|Categories: About Us, childhood, history, Identify Photographs, Memories, People|Tags: , , , , |

…that this was Pasir Puteh back in the 1960s? Yes, take a GOOD LOOK at the pictures below 🙂

Shops with zinc roofs.

Mercedes Benz Bus, Ipoh Omnibus Co.


These pictures were provided by Mano, while SK gave us a little write-up:

Mano stayed at No 7, New Pasir Puteh & LMS 136 further down the road at 94, New Pasir Puteh. I stayed in 429A, New Pasir Puteh behind the row of shops hidden by the trees. Dont know if this was the ice kachang stall. LMS136 moved out from here in 1958, Mano in 1963 and me in 1966.

The Sundry shop, Tong Huat which was opposite Mano house diagonally had a coffee shop where the coffee shop owner had a shining bald head like marble top. We used to have coffee there & my father would pour the coffee onto the sauce plate for us to drink as it would get cooler & faster this way. Lat drew this in his cartoon. I liked the noodle  &  the bean curd  pieces which was wrapped in mengkuang & fish paste ( foo peh ) Just in front of  Tong Huat Sundry Shop , there was a man selling a round pan kueh made of flour, margarine & grounded nuts ( Tai Kow Meen ).

Opposite the road would be a bicycle shop where we watched the Black & White TV of Man landing on the moon. This is the part I am not too sure. It stated the 1st landing on the moon was July, 1969 but I recalled it was much earlier. Unless it was something significant, maybe 1965 or 1966 as I shifted to Jalan Pasir Puteh, near Jalan Pasir Puteh School in 1967. I remember standing outside the bicycle shop with my brothers & neighbours watching the event as only a few household had TV & this one was for public viewing unlike now where public viewing is catered for football fans in mamak shops.

Coming to the date of watching landing on the moon on TV in front of the bicycle shop, since it was July 1969, which I had left New Pasir Puteh, it could be the first American man that came out from the capsule walking in space then. 

NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration  the Gemini 4 mission on June 3, 1965, Ed White became the first American to conduct a spacewalk. This was more likely. I was still in 429A, New Pasir Puteh.

On the left side of Tong huat, after a break road from Tong Huat, was this factory making Coconut Candy. Remember the ice ball which cost us only 5 cents. The ice-seller would roll it & put the sugar coating & at times, she would put some read beans inside the middle. If we sucked the coating too fast, we have to throw the ice ball away as the sugar coating had not reached the middle. Yeah, I think the Indian Shop owner was a shame to cheat young boys. Next to the shop was the barber where we cut our hairs. I think there was one Indian grocery shop along the same row.

The end shop Picture No 1, there was a corner bungalow with a big compound occupied by a Malay Family. One of the daughter’s name was ” Puteh”. There was also a small road leading inside Lat’s Kampong & in that row of houses, which was where the Ham brothers lived. (The Fabulous Falcons)

All these were gone when I visited these places a few months ago. A complete change & if Mano picture had not captured it, that moment would be gone with the wind.

Update on Old Town

By |2012-03-15T00:09:41+08:00March 15th, 2012|Categories: About Us, history, Ipoh Town, Memories, Restoration|Tags: , , , , , , |

I had a brief ride around Old Town this morning to see what was happening. I couldn’t get any photo or update on the Railway Station Gardens as they are still hidden behind tall blue fencing. However apart from the Cenotaph and the Ipoh Tree there seems to be nothing of the gardens left. Not a great welcome for the tourists in “Visit Perak Year 2012!”.

Then I wandered along the road to see the Birch Clock Tower Garden renovation. What a surprise – as although it is unlikely that anything has been done to preserve the two statuues, Justice and Fortitude from falling down (see http://ipohecho.com.my/v2/2012/03/01/ipohs-virtues-in-danger/)   the tower has been repainted Black and White.

Although that may be approproiate ……… Black and white stands for mourning and cheerless occasions. For example, traditional garb for a funeral is black and white. Black for the loss, and white for their passing onto the heavens, ……… I must say I don’t like it, but then again I did not like the pink either, much preferring the 1909 odiginal version which was all-white. Clearly I am a traditionalist.

By the way, could someone suggest (again) to Datuk Bandar that he gets the clock working.

As you can see the gardens have not progressed too much either. Sigh, maybe they will be ready to celebrate the successful (?) end to our special tourism year.

We welcome your views.

February 2012

Personality Feature: Frederick Kersey Jennings

By |2012-02-06T11:23:58+08:00February 6th, 2012|Categories: About Us|

We have here the story of Frederick Kersey Jennings, which was the father of J A S Jennings – the Editor of Times of Malaya. This was sent to us by Nicholas Jennings of Toronto, Canada. Nicholas introduces the following article thus:

“Here is a biographical history of my great grandfather, with photos. Although FK is not directly related to Ipoh, he was active throughout Malaya as both a police officer and inspector as well as, later, a travel agent and guide. He may have visited Ipoh at some point, as he was posted in Penang for certain stretches of time. Of course, his main connection to Ipoh comes from being the father of JAS Jennings!”

Adventure was his Vocation
Frederick Kersey Jennings
1855 – 1915

Militia man, police inspector, private detective, travel guide author, fire brigade superintendent, opium agent, father of six. Frederick Kersey Jennings packed an awful lot into his extraordinarily colorful life.

F.K. was the younger of two sons born in Norfolk, England to William Howes Dundas Jennings, a customs officer for Inland Revenue, and his wife, Anna-Maria Pitts. At a very early age, he joined the Merchant Navy and began a life of adventure on the high seas. It is not known for certain whether his travels with the navy took him to the Far East, but when he was still in his teens he settled in Singapore.

His wife, Mary Stuart, insisted that he quit the Merchant Navy as a condition of marriage. According to family legend, she said with Scottish bluntness:

“Fred, I’ll no marry you unless you leave the sea!”

At the age of 19, F.K. became a member of the Singapore Volunteer Rifles. The Rifles that had been launched 10 years earlier, in 1864, with the support of the Governor, Colonel J. Butterworth, when the outbreak of riots between Chinese secret societies required the formation of a volunteer force to booster internal security.

When Jennings joined the Singapore police, criminal gangs within the secret societies were still rampant and their activities kept the force busy. By 1875, he was promoted to corporal and dispatched a battalion of the East Kent Regiment (the Buffs) to fight in the Perak War while he stayed behind to continue serving in Singapore with four artillery men.

F.K. soon saw action himself the following year, when he was part of the force that quelled the so-called Chinese Post Office Riots of 1876. The colonial government had established a new post office to handle letters and remittances to China. But the local Chinese community, preferring the letter-forwarding business of the towkays (businessmen), rejected this. Incited by the Ghee Hin secret society, the community launched a violent protest and attempted to demolish the new post office. While police battled rioters on New Market Road, Jennings had charge of the Cavanagh Bridge, preventing other protesters from joining the riots.

During his time with the police force, F.K. received a number of promotions and served in other parts of Malaya, including Penang and Malacca, off and on for a number of years. Following his transfer to Penang as sub-inspector, the Penang Daily Times in 1880 commended his “zeal and efficiency” in the capture of a local murderer. Always publicly minded, during his time in Penang he produced a pamphlet containing distances and fares within the town as a service to residents in dealing with hack gharry (taxi) drivers. He also served as warden master elect of the Royal Prince of Wales Lodge (freemasons).

By 1890, Jennings was back in Singapore as Inspector. That year, he also had personal charge of Russian Prince Nicholas, the Czarevitch, during his visit to the region. The prince later sent him a diamond ring as thanks for his service.

But F.K.’s work continued to involve him in high-profile crimes. One such case found him investigating the grisly murder of a Burmese man, who had been stabbed repeatedly in the heart after a disturbance at a local shop-house. He also led a major raid on a large gambling club and arrested 18 inhabitants who the press described as towkays, clerks and bill collectors.

Jennings didn’t play favorites in the line of duty. A report in 1896 tells of how the Inspector took even a man as powerful as Arnot Reid, a prominent Singapore newspaper journalist, to task, charging him with assault…

For the rest of this article, please click here.

January 2012

Time to welcome the Year of the Dragon

By |2012-01-20T09:36:03+08:00January 20th, 2012|Categories: About Us, Identify Photographs, Memories|Tags: , |

Sometime back we stumbled upon this advert – with the two dragons and what seems to be a ball of fire between their mouths. I’m no feng shui expert…but I’m sure this symbolizes something good? You tell us 🙂

You read it right, this advert is courtesy of the Odeon! Yes folks, it’s that time of the year again: family reunions, feasting and merry-making, ang-pau collecting 😉 …etc.

December 2011

November 2011

A Grateful Participant of the ipohWorld Blog

By |2011-11-27T13:29:11+08:00November 27th, 2011|Categories: About Us, Memories, People|Tags: , , |

We received the following by email.

Click photo to enlarge.

A Grateful Participant of the ipohWorld Blog

Cmdr Ian Anderson has brought out the best of every Ipoh person who had participated in the Ipoh World Blog.  Despite the diversity in schools, ACS, St Michaels, Anderson etc. Ipoh World participants seems to have a spiritual empathy for Ipoh and are proud of their heritage, irrespective of the social economic background of their parents;  whether they were, from the tin industry (from tin mining towkays to the humble dulang washers),, food industry (from big restaurant  owners, coffee shop owners to humble fried noodle hawker) , white collar workers (from high ranking public servants to humble clerk) and blue collar workers (from developers to the humble brick layer), One great denominator stands out, ie. They“`all love Ipoh.

In my brief participation with Ipoh World, I came across Ipoh people who currently living in Ipoh, other parts of Malaysia and even overseas.  Again, their comments were also diverse, from the very serious comments to the humorous ones.  Although some comments may be considered outrageous, they were never offensive. 

I have seen many blogs in the net and some of them are extremely political, some are offensive, some are used for propaganda, some are vulgar (in language) and others show extreme views.  However, Ipoh world ranks among the respectable, educated, moderate (views) and friendly blogs in the world.  Here is another feather in the cap for the watchful eye Commander.

Through Ipoh World, I was able to join in many conversations about Ipoh and at the same time, connected me to some old friends in Ipoh and classmates from my alma mater, ACS Ipoh after a 47 years absence.  By reading the blog, I can say that I am not the lone benefactor.

When I was in Ipoh in early November this year, I had the privilege of meeting Cmdr Anderson and his Hakka wife, the ACS Ipoh OBA committee, and speaking to the senior forms of ACS Ipoh.  All these activities were made possible through an initial connection to Ipoh World.  May I take this opportunity to publicly thank Cmdr Anderson, SY Lee, LMS136, uv@valiant knight, IpohGal, Cheah Tong Kim (Ipoh’s Malaysian Olympic Swimmer& my classmate), ACS Ipoh Principal Mdm Soot and many others who had made my trip to Ipoh really meaningful, nostalgic and worthwhile.

The enthusiasm generated by my last Ipoh visit and the encouragement  from the leadership of ACS Ipoh Alumni,   has resulted in a drive to form the ACS Ipoh Alumni (Australian Chapter)..  For those who are Australian residents, please send expression of interest to acsipohalumniatoz@gmail.com.

Which School, Which Class, What Year?

By |2011-11-09T12:57:22+08:00November 9th, 2011|Categories: About Us, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories|Tags: , |

We recently received a batch of 10 school photographs with almost no information. In order to add them to our database archive we really need your help. If anyone out there can identify the school, class and year that would be a great help. If of course you have names that would also be a great bonus. Here are the first two to tax your brains.

In order to help you, please click on the photos to see them full size.

Photograph A

Photograph B

Good Luck. And there will be more tomorrow.

Our Nation’s Capital…in the early 1900s

By |2011-11-07T08:32:55+08:00November 7th, 2011|Categories: About Us|

I know this is not Ipoh….but I found that this panorama was just too precious not to share. Imagine, THIS was what KL used to look like in the early 1900s!! (click the picture for a larger image)

Special thanks to Bernard Moss (our donor, whose grandfather’s collection helped us start up the ‘Moss Collection’ on our database) for this panorama. Speaking of which, would anyone of you out there happen to have a nice one of Ipoh? We’d love to feature one on the blog…… 🙂

October 2011

August 2011

It’s 1956 at St Michael’s Institution Again

By |2011-08-14T13:04:04+08:00August 14th, 2011|Categories: About Us|

We did not do very well for Yip Chee Whye who is seeking his SMI friends from Form IV in 1954 ( see http://www.ipohworld.org/?p=3460) and so we thought that, thanks to AFR1970 who provided the photos below, we would give the SMI boys another chance.

So here we have Form IVA of 1956 and,

Form IVD from the same year.

So come on SMI and show us that your memories are as good as those from ACS.

Wang Gungwu: Junzi – Scholar – Gentleman

By |2011-08-03T23:47:46+08:00August 3rd, 2011|Categories: About Us|

This new book is now available in all the usual bookshops at around RM80 to RM100.

This book of interviews with Professor Wang Gungwu, published to felicitate him on his 80th birthday in 2010, seeks to convey to a general audience something of the life, times and thoughts of a leading historian, Southeast Asianist, Sinologist and public intellectual. The interviews flesh out Professor Wang’s views on being Chinese in Malaya (he grew up in Ipoh); his experience of living and working in Malaysia, Singapore and Australia; the Vietnam war; Hong Kong and its return to China; the rise of China; Taiwan’s, Japan’s and India’s place in the emerging scheme of things; and the United States in an age of terrorism and war. The book includes and interview with his wife, Mrs. Margaret Wang, on their life together for half a century. Two interviews by scholars on Professor Wang’s work are also included, as are his curriculum vitae and a select bibliography of his works.

What comes across in this book is how Professor Wang was buffeted by feral times and hostile worlds, but responded to them as a left-liberal humanist who refused to cut ideological corners. This book records his response to tumultuous times on hindsight, but with a keen sense of having lived through the times of which he speaks.

NOTE: For those not skilled in Chinese, Junzi  was a term used by Confucious to describe his ideal human. To Confucius, the functions of government and social stratification were facts of life to be sustained by ethical values; thus his ideal human was the junzi. Often translated as “gentleman” or “superior person” and sometimes “exemplary person”.

NOTE 2: Wang Gungwu was an Anderson School student before and for a while after, the Japanese Occupation.

June 2011

Schooling in Ipoh – Episode 7

By |2011-06-08T10:34:33+08:00June 8th, 2011|Categories: About Us|

Here’s the 7th installment of UV’s childhood memories! Happy reading 🙂


Schooling in Ipoh – Episode 7

In 1963, to get into Form Six was through an Entrance Examination conducted by the Ministry of Education.  Students in Form Five who wished to go to Form Six had to sit for this examination towards the end of their Form Five year before sitting for the Overseas School Certificate (‘O’ Levels) Examination.  Students were divided into the Arts and Science streams.  Those who passed were divided int 3 grades according to the total marks they scored in the papers they set for.  A and B grade students were assured of places in Form Six classes but those with C grade had admission based on vacancies available.  The students were also put into positions within each state based on the total marks they scored.

I remembered Mano Maniam was 2nd and I was 12th in the State of Perak.  From ACS Ipoh Arts Stream only a few of us got into ACS Ipoh’s Form Six Lower Arts.  The rest of the students came from MGS Ipoh, Main Convent Ipoh, Secondary School Tronoh, some secondary schools in Sitiawan and Tapah.  A few odd students would get a transfer from their local schools to ACS Ipoh because it was then (and still is) a premier school in Perak, if not in Malaya (a few months before the formation of Malaysia in September 1963).

I remembered we had even a pupil from the Royal Military College.  He is none other than Datuk Cecil Abraham, a prominent lawyer.  Some joined us in Upper Six after having studied in other schools the previous year.  Therefore, education in Form Six is very different from those years in classes in the lower forms.  Here we have the best from many schools and also for many not from co-educational schools, they have to study with members of the opposite sex.

The ‘true blooded’ ACS students considered those from other schools as ‘outsiders’ and so took upon themselves to ‘formally introduce them’ to ACS Ipoh.  Each student was placed at the front of the class to introduce themselves and be ‘cross-examined’ by their ‘true blooded’ ACS classmates.  As I was appointed the class monitor by the late Ms Tye Soh Sim, I had to ‘chair’ the ‘ceremony’.  This was all in clean fun and meant to break the ice.  None of the ‘new’ students was humiliated nor intimidated.  Eventually, we all became close friends even until today.

There were almost as many girls as boys in the class.  Most of them would sit with members of their own sex with some exceptions.  Did anyone marry a classmate?  No, I can categorically say so.  However, there were many a dating going on but nothing came out of it.  You may wonder why I touched on this area.  Well, Form Six education goes beyond merely learning facts from textbooks and teachers.  It was also then a place for social interactions and development.  That was why they made all Form Six classes (except residential schools) coeducational.  I would say the policy was a good one.  Nowadays, some Form Six Classes in all girls schools or all boys schools do produce ‘warped’ people! (I leave myself open to attacks here but I do have my point and will defend myself if attacked.)

In the next and final episode, I will describe the type of learning that took place and what happened to most of us.

April 2011

Don’t Miss “The Battle of the River Plate”.

By |2011-04-23T09:48:37+08:00April 23rd, 2011|Categories: About Us, Ipoh Town, Memories|Tags: , , , , |

Ruth Rollitt was so incensed by the multicoloured Cathay that we featured, she sent us this photograph of how the Theatre looked when it first opened in those days of Movies and Mercedes. She included a newspaper article from 1958, the first part of which is inserted below. The whole article will appear on or database archive before too long. Unfortunately we received it to late to catch the movie! Did anyone out there see it?

“Special  Cathay Supplement

A Milestone in Cinema Entertainment


Ipoh’s New Cathay Theatre


To build a luxury theatre in Ipoh has long been a wish of the Cathay Organisation. This is in keeping with their policy to provide the best that there is available in cinema comfort and entertainment.


Costing over $600,000 their new Cathay, Ipoh will be officially declared open by His Highness the Sultan of Perak, Raja Sir Izzudin Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Jalil, KCMG, OBE, before a distinguished and cosmopolitan gathering at 8 pm tonight, the eve of  Chinese New Year.


Out of a piece of rubber estate land there has risen a handsome steel and concrete structure housing one of the best equipped theatres in the state of Perak.


Among the guests who will attend tonight’s opening ceremony will be State and Town Councillors, community leader, heads of Government and other personalities.


Cathay Organisation personalities include Mr Loke Wan Tho, Head of the Organisation, whose inspired leadership and farsightedness has provided Ipoh town with the handsome and imposing entertainment landmark.


Mrs Loke will accompany her husband and Mr John Ede, Director and General manager of the Cathay Organisation will also be present.


This new theatre – a worthy acquisition to the large number of theatres already controlled by the Organisation – was designed by Mr B M Iversen, the well-known Ipoh architect.”


More about the Cathay can be found here.

Episode 6: Schooling in Ipoh

By |2011-04-19T09:17:55+08:00April 19th, 2011|Categories: About Us|

Here it is, the long awaited Episode 6 by UV. He describes the photo thus:


The photo of the Methodist Youth Felllowship of Ipoh Wesley Church is made up of members from my class and those my senior and junior with Dr. Lee Poh Ping (Former teacher in ACS Ipoh and later Lecturer of History in University Malaya) who was then the counsellor.  The girls were from MGS and Convent Ipoh.



In Episode 5, I stirred the emotions of many who had experienced some form of abuse by their teachers or had someone close to them  abused by teachers.  If one is not seriously affected, one may take it as part of the learning process but should abuse change the lives of those affected, it could be rather traumatic!  That is why, today, teachers are challenged when they become abusive.


Let us hope that this episode will not bring back such a lot of unpleasant memories of schooling in Ipoh in the late fifties and early sixties.  In the late fifties when we crossed the hurdle of the Lower Certificate of Education (LCE) we would either be sent to the Science or Arts Stream.  If one has taken Mathematics 2 and passes Mathematics 1 and Science, one can be assured of a place in the Science Stream.  People tend to look upon those in the Science Stream as the cleverer students.  This is not absolutely so.  Many Arts Stream students are also very intelligent but they just do not have an inclination to the scientific field.


I was selected to do Science and sent to 4 Science A, among my old friends form the A class again.  Somehow, I tend to do better during examination years!  Maybe it was my approach to examinations that brought about such results.  Many students drop all non-academic activities during examination time and just concentrated on the academic aspects.  I did not do that.  I continued my extra-curricular activities as before but I do spend extra time in ensuring that I master all that was taught and spent time preparing summaries of important facts for each subject so that I could do a quick revision near examination time.  Nobody taught me how to do this.  I just did it as a matter of fact.  I would use little sheets of rough paper and put down in point form all the important facts I need to remember whenever I read a text book or go over the notes my teachers gave me.  I continued this all my life, even now!


Science subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Additional Mathematics were really tough.  I enjoyed Biology but couldn’t get the hang of Physics.  Mr. Tan Chin Huat taught me Physics for a while and then Mr. Boler took over.  I remembered the first lesson was about specific gravity and we had to do experiments using a special glass bottle and a weighing machine encased in glass placed in a special room beside the Physics Laboratory.  Then we had to record each experiment in a particular way!  Here my new friend who came from Teluk Anson (now Teluk Intant) Lee Cheow Pheng was my savior.  He joined us a couple of year earlier and was also a member of the Boys’ Brigade and the Intermediate MYF and continues to be in both all our school lives together.  I would telephone him each day to ask for help, usually in Additional Mathematics and I could not make out head or tail what my Additional Mathematics teacher was teaching.


Once in class, I had to peep at the answers to solve a problem and Mr. Loh Swee Kee caught me doing it and immediately demanded that I cut out all the answer pages!  Guess what?  I did it!  It did not help me turn into a Additional Mathematics genius but really made me hate that subject!  I struggled on for a year and continued being in 5 Science A the following year.   However, I was about to make the decision of my life pretty soon.  After a few weeks in Form 5 Science A and as we approach the day we had to dissect a frog, I decided to leave for the Arts Stream.


I walked in to see the Senior Assistant, Mr. Balraj and told him I wanted to switch to the Arts Stream.  He looked at me with unbelieving eyes.  He asked me whether I had consulted my parents.  I told him I had not but added that my parents knew I was struggling along in the Science Stream and that they had never interfered with my studies before.  He then decided that I could go and gave me a note to my current class teacher and another to the 5 Arts A teacher.  I hurriedly went to class, said goodbye to my classmates, took my bag and walked to 5 Arts A and presented my note to the class teacher.  My life changed from that moment.

I was seated next to a tall skinny Indian Boy at the very last seat of the class.  He was none other than Mano Maniam (as he is popularly known today) but we called him Manogaran then.  Our favourite pastime was to punch each other on the upper arm!  I still could not think of the rationale for this, but it sort of bound us and we remained close friends even till now.  In front was another Indian boy, Mani.  He came from a poor family and had to work as a petrol station pump boy after school to support his mother and sister.  He passed his SC  (Senior Cambridge) and MCE (Malayan Certificate of Education) and worked as a clerk for some time but unfortunately was killed in a road accident at a very young age.


In my class too there were famous sports figures like Cheah Tong Kim (Olympic Swimmer), Chong Fah Chong (goalkeeper for State and Nation), Looi Loon Teik (Footballer – Qualified for Olympics but we did not go because we boycotted the Olympics that year).


Our English teacher was Miss Tye Soh Sim (later became Mrs. Eddie Chin) who just graduated from Singapore University of Malaya.  In addition, she taught us Religious Knowledge (Christian).  She was the one that ensured our grammar was perfect.  However, in addition to that, she ensured that we were creative in our writing.  Fierce as she was, her lesson was enjoyable and most of us looked forward to her classes.


During Religious Knowledge class, I pity the student who could not repeat St. Paul’s speeches for her.   She would walk into class start two line from one of St. Paul’s famous speeches and then point to one of us to continue!  Many would fail, but some do succeed.  To those who succeeded, a distinction was the end reward when the SC results come out!  Such was her method of teaching Christian Religious Knowledge that many did score an A.


I always pride myself in being good at Elementary Mathematics and General Science as I was from the Science Class.  I was good at drawing maps, so I thought I would easily score in Geography.  Health Science would also be another subject I would scare in.  Well, Religious Knowledge was already a foregone conclusion; I would definitely get an A.  Of the subjects I obtained A in that I was confident of was Religious Knowledge.  All the others I merely score a C3 (the strongest credit).  I was able to score As in History and English Literature, too, to my surprise!


Being in the Arts Stream took out a lot of pressure.  I could do all the other activities young boys my age then would like to do.  Play games, join societies, meet up with girls.  When I was in Form 4 Sc. A. a girl already joined out class.  Remember up to Form 5 then, ACS Ipoh was a boy’s school.  However, that year, an exception was made by Mr. Ram for this girl to join the Form 4 class.  In Form 5 Arts A, 2 more girls joined us!  So I starred co-education rather early in life!


During my time, to get to Form Six we had to sit for the Form Six Entrance Examination.  This was an external examination conducted by the Ministry of Education as there were limited places for students.  We sat for three papers and the result would come out soon after we finished our SC examinations.  I came out second best after Manogran and was placed 12th in the State of Perak.  Only a few of us got through from the Arts Stream.


When we joined the Lower Six Arts Class the following year, there were hardly a dozen of us from ACS Ipoh.  There were girls from MGS Ipoh, Convent Ipoh, a few from smaller towns near Ipoh like Batu Gajah, Tronoh, Kampar and even as far as Sitiawan.  Boys came from other schools that had no Sixth Form and outstation too.  We were joined a bit latter by a boy from Royal Military College and today he is the famous lawyer Datuk Cecil Abraham!


(Next Episode: Life in Form Six)

March 2011

Words Fail Me.

By |2011-03-31T09:28:26+08:00March 31st, 2011|Categories: About Us, Memories, Restoration, What is it?|Tags: , , , |

We received the following email and pictures this morning and thought that we should share it with all you heritage supporters out there. No doubt you will be as lost for words as I am – or will you?

HI all! This is one of my favourite kampung houses just outside of Terong, Perak, on the way to Lumut. It is right on the road side & I have taken pics of it over the years and was totally shattered to find it has been turned into a swiftlet house with speakers blasting like crazy. The swiftlet house pics were taken on Friday. Perak is being over run by swiftlet farms. Pantai Remis Sungei Kerang, all a mess! This particular change looks like a joke right? Total disrespect of such a beautiful example of Malay heritage!


Care to share your thoughts with our correspondent?

More from St. Andrews….

By |2011-03-16T12:10:29+08:00March 16th, 2011|Categories: About Us, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, Natural Heritage|Tags: , , |

We received this from Diana McGavin. This picture was taken at her christening, in December 1947, at St Andrew’s Church. In the background is the manse (featured in a previous blog), where Diana and her friends attended Sunday School (around 1955). Like some of our readers, she too hopes that this building will be saved!

February 2011

Driving Through the Town

By |2011-02-16T16:34:51+08:00February 16th, 2011|Categories: About Us, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Ipoh Town, Memories, People|Tags: , , |

Some of our fans out there love old photos. Hence we decided to feature this one on our blog today.

Here’s one of J A S Jennings (Editor of Times of Malaya) and his wife Freda – being chauffeur driven round the town. In the background is the first Times of Malaya Building.

December 2010

2011 Calendar

By |2010-12-29T09:41:18+08:00December 29th, 2010|Categories: About Us|Tags: |

Good news for all ipohWorld fans! 2011 calendar is now available! Click on the calendars below to download in high res! And now, how many of you can guess correctly the places depicted in the calendar? The first one is a bonus.

Merry Christmas!

By |2010-12-24T09:11:52+08:00December 24th, 2010|Categories: About Us|

On behalf of ipohWorld, we wish you all Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year. Have a great weekend ahead!

P/S: Stay tuned for our 2011 Calendar wallpaper which will be released mid next week.

March 2010

We’re on Facebook, as well

By |2010-03-20T03:15:30+08:00March 20th, 2010|Categories: About Us|Tags: |

In an effort to reach more readers, ipohWorld is now on Facebook. Do become a fan and invite your friends as well. More interesting contents and discussions will be uploaded soon. Stay tuned!

December 2009

June 2009

Chinese Press Reports Launch of ipohWorld’s New Database Archive

By |2009-06-19T05:42:08+08:00June 19th, 2009|Categories: About Us, Ipoh Town, Tenby Schools|Tags: , , , |

On 14 June 2009 both the China Press and Oriental Daily kindly featured the launch of ipohWorld’s new database archive and blog. The photographs show guests viewing the photographic exhibition, “Snapshots of the Emergency” that accompanied the launch. Scans of the articles are shown above and for the convenience of the all, we enclose our Press Release below: 

Ipohworld, an education-based organization now integrated into the facilities of Tenby Schools Ipoh, today launched an internet-based history archive in conjunction with this year’s Remembrance Day ceremony held to honour the thousands of servicemen and civilians killed during the Malaysian Emergency (1948-1960).


This occasion was chosen as several of the veterans from the days of the Emergency had donated photographs unavailable elsewhere, to the history archive.


To mark the occasion, Ipohworld also mounted a photographic exhibition at the Royal Ipoh Club, simply called “Snapshots of the Emergency” and featuring a number of original photographs donated by the veterans who regularly attend the annual ceremony.


Orang Kaya-Kaya Panglima Kinta Seri Amar di-Raja Dato’ Seri Dr Abdullah Fadzil Che Wan, who is also the Chairman of Ipohworld, was present to launch the exhibition.


Ipohworld was established in 2004 to promote awareness and appreciation of Perak, the Silver State of Malaysia and its unique, diverse and rich heritage, with particular focus on Ipoh and the Kinta Valley. In 2006 it ran the extraordinarily successful exhibition “The Story of Ipoh: From Feet to Flight”, in cooperation with Darul Ridzuan Museum. Since then, while trying to get both the Public and Private sectors to support Ipohworld’s objective to provide Ipoh with a permanent, lively and interesting heritage gallery, to enhance education and tourism, the organisation continues to work towards that target.


Consequently, undeterred by the lack of financial support for a gallery, the project has continued to gather a broad variety of local items and information from worldwide sources. As the collection grew, disciplined recording, preservation and control became essential. Thus, an information archive in the form of a unique digital image database, supported by original research, and available information from acknowledged and credible sources, was born.


To date Ipohworld has documented well over 3000 items in the archive covering a wide range of subjects across the broad spectrum of heritage and social history, based on photographs, documents, interviews, artifacts, books and videos. More items will be added regularly.


Through this database it is hoped to assist individuals and groups, particularly students, with their research, while at the same time promoting the Kinta Valley, once vaunted the richest tin mining area in the world.


In line with present communication trends, Ipohworld, under the guidance of its Project Manager, Commandor RN (RTD) Ian Anderson, has created a weblog to publish stories, personal experiences and to highlight heritage issues as they occur around our valley. Through the weblog, they hope to facilitate discussion between their readers and encourage those with an interest in Perak to share their stories and pictures with others. They also welcome visitors to post original contributions on any aspect of heritage or social history relevant to our area to enrich the content of the blog.


In 2006, the Ipohworld project was integrated into the facilities of Tenby Schools Ipoh, which aligned neatly with the schools’ ongoing commitment to encourage interest in heritage and social history among their students while maintaining the project‘s objective to promote Kinta Valley’s heritage.  Since then, all the items displayed in its maiden exhibition “From Feet to Flight” as well as new additions, have have found their “home” at Tenby Schools Ipoh, whilst continuing to wait for a permanent home. 


Madam Lee Yam Sei, COO of Tenby Schools Ipoh, explained that the students’ first involvement with Ipohworld’s objectives was when they took on a project to document their own families’ transport history in 2006, taking the lead from the first exhibition.


“Since then several of the schools’ students have collaborated with Ipohworld on oral history interviews of senior members of the community, assisted with hosting exhibitions and taken part in photographic, art and model building competitions with heritage as the theme.


“Besides projects of this nature, the schools also take pride in organising trips to heritage exhibitions and sites to further expose their students to the wealth of local history that is available”, she said.


“These include such diverse subjects as tin mining, a battle site, prehistoric rock paintings, a well-known local folly, mangrove swamps and charcoal burning.


“We are proud that our students have taken a keener interest in Perak’s history and developed an appreciation for its rich cultural heritage through these activities, as a result of the efforts of Ipohworld”, Madam Lee added.


Over the last 5 years Ipohworld has been well supported with donated material from home and overseas, but if they are to build a truly comprehensive archive they need more help. If anyone has any old photographs, documents, artifacts or stories from Ipoh or the Kinta Valley area they would be delighted to hear from them.


Contact may be made via info@ipohworld.org in the first instance so that appropriate arrangements may be made. Anything borrowed will be returned promptly as existing contributors will confirm.


Ipohworld’s impressive history archives, including the most recent collection of photo exhibition “Snapshots of the Emergency”, are available for public viewing via http://www.ipohworld.org


The ipohWorld Launch, Courtesy of the Star Newspaper 13 June 2009

By |2009-06-19T05:15:33+08:00June 19th, 2009|Categories: About Us, ipoh, Tenby Schools|Tags: , , , , |


As an introduction to the launch of ipohWorld’s new website, database archive and blog at the Royal Ipoh Club on 13 June 2009, the Star Newspaper kindly featured us on the same morning. The photographs in the above article show the ipohWorld project manager demonstrating the type of information available in the archive ( on the screen are members of the Malay Regiment on anti communist patrol) and students of Tenby Schools, Ipoh interviewing Dato Seri Yuen Yuet Leng about his 35 years in the police, with particular emphasis on the Malayan Emergency.

More information about the Emergency, Dato Seri and the role of Tenby students within ipohWorld may be found on the website and archive.

December 2008

Would You Like to be an Original Author on this Blog?

By |2008-12-17T04:07:45+08:00December 17th, 2008|Categories: About Us|Tags: |

We are looking for a limited number of authors who would like to create their own original blogs on this site, about heritage topics in Perak. To us heritage is important and the more people who write about it, the more others will become aware. If you would like to be one of our authors, please email us at info@ipohworld.org and we can register you as an author. This of course will be at the discretion of the webmaster and should we find unsuitable content being proposed, the author will be deregistered.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Welcome to ipohWorld’s Heritage Trail

By |2008-12-13T00:49:01+08:00December 12th, 2008|Categories: About Us|

Welcome to ipohworld’s first blog.

This is your site to share information and photographs of Perak’s heritage and social history for recording in an online database archive, currently being produced for worldwide access via the web in 2009. Donors will be credited if they wish, but please remember that the laws of copyright apply in Malaysia and that anything that breaks those laws cannot be used. You should therefore state that you have a right to publish the photographs or information (if you have).

Currently we have more than 2600 entries with images on the archive , but there is plenty of room for more. Our subjects covered are almost any aspect of ‘past Perak’, but particularly targeting the Kinta Valley. We have stories of the Towkays, the cinemas, mining, rubber, food, hawkers, the Japanese, the communists, the Emergency, Orang Asli – even Rose Chan – and more, so don’t hang back, we need your help.

Our objective is to record every fact we can for use by students, researchers and most important our young people of today and tomorrow so that they will understand what made our State tick over the past 150 years. No subject is too insignificant to be considered for use.

However, this blog is not only about collecting data, but it is also for you to express your opinion on any matter pertaining to local history and heritage in Perak.

So let’s hear from you; What do you think about the state of our heritage in Perak. Is heritage important? Can it make us any money? What can we do to preserve our heritage? etc. etc. We need your thoughts on this blog now, so sit down and write. Just do it, you know it makes sense!

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