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shirley10
Pusing, Papan & Lahat

kayes



Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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All pics on this thread courtesy of Shirley. Hi Shirley and thanks for this nice set of pics which are well taken. Perhaps you would like to add some details to the various pics.
· Date: February 2, 2009 · Views: 15107 ·
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kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,811
February 2, 2009 10:42pm

Pic One
http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/shirley11.jpg


Pic Two
http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/shirley12.jpg


Pic Three
http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/shirley13.jpg


Pic Four
http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/shirley14.jpg


Pic Five
http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/shirley15.jpg


Pic Six
http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/shirley16.jpg


Pic Seven
http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/shirley17.jpg


Pic Eight
http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/shirley18.jpg


Pic Nine
http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/shirley19.jpg


Pic Ten
http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/shirley20.jpg


Pic Eleven
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Pic Twelve
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shirleyliu

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 23
February 3, 2009 11:02pm

I was attracted by this ,especially the chinese name of this village. " happy valley" or "happy province" . Are there many this kind of chinese villages through out malaysia?


I will find out in my future where I want to take more pictures of the "forgotten" small towns.
shirleyliu

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 23
February 3, 2009 11:08pm

Papan a small town nearby Ipoh, I knew this town but almost forgotton . Not till I came across a thread here in Ipohtalk. So decided to go there and take a look. A very quiet street although it is chinese new year. Those shophouses attracted me the most. Torn and abandoned. I think every house got a story. I was thinking why not the local authority restore those houses and it must be a very beautiful heritage street in Papan.
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 432
February 5, 2009 12:54am

So much History,shirleyliu.You are correct,every House,Tree,Person,etc... has a story,If only we choose to listen.
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 432
February 5, 2009 1:15am

At the risk of sounding selfish,shirleyliu,I would dearly love some pics,with Kayes o.k. of course,of some of the kampongs and scenery on the Old Road between Pinang and Taiping/Ipoh.Sorry Kayes,would just love to see it again.
ACS77

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 218
February 5, 2009 3:37pm

Scenery of the old road between Penang and Ipoh will be fantastic. I used to travel between Ipoh and Penang in the mid 60s and early 70s and we always stops in Simpang ( I believe, it is near Taiping).


ACS77
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
February 5, 2009 10:20pm

Many of the once-prosperous mining towns like Papan, Pusing Tronoh, Tanjong Tualang, Batu Gajah, Gopeng and Kampar are dwindling in doom and gloom ever since the tin-mining industry has gone kaput. It is sad to see these towns that were teeming with life in its heyday, looking so desolate and forsaken. Many able-bodied residents from these towns have found their way to distant lands and it is quite common to find a whole community of Pusing or Lahat folks eking out a living in the bowels of New York's Chinatown. A friend of mine who is a banker, said that these Malaysians work very hard to remit large sums of money to their families. Some of them stay on in the US for good, but there are also others who slave to save up a nest egg and return home to start some small business. Because New York has a large transient Malaysian population, its Malaysian restaurants serve pretty authentic food. A visit to the Big Apple will not be complete if one does not explore these hole-in-the-wall eateries.


The demise of these mining towns will close an important chapter in the history of the tin-mining industry in Malaysia. Hopefully, some individuals will be farsighted enough to establish a tin-mining museum in Ipoh so that future generations can still have a glimpse of the Kinta Valley's fabled past.
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 432
February 6, 2009 9:16am

Ken,it is indeed sad to see such communities fade.Batu Gajah,is in fact a very nice town,with a lot of history,as are Beruas and Kampar and many other small towns in Malaysia.But they are faced with the problem,and it is a problem,do they market themselves as Tourist Attractions,thus losing thier uniquieness,or remaain as they are in obscurity.I know what path I would choose,but that would be selfish.The biggest problem these,lovely,Malaysia Truly Asia,places have to overcome is Expressways.But I admit I am selfish and would rather see such small towns left as they are to project the "True Malaysia"
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
February 7, 2009 5:23am

Jim, in the history of human civilization, many small towns, large metropolis, and even nations have faded into oblivion. Some were destroyed by natural disasters, some just have no purpose or reason to exist anymore. To survive, the small mining towns in the Kinta Valley must re-invent itself and introduce some forms of economic activity to sustain the population base. If nothing is done, the population drift will continue and eventually, what is left are the remnants of its past existence. Don't get me wrong, I am all for preservation and as you have said, the unique charm of these towns should be kept intact to project the "True Malaysia". For that matter, even mining equipment such as tin-dredges should be maintained so that our children, grandchildren, and the rest of the world will have a better understanding of the once flourishing tin-mining industry that has enriched so many 'towkays'. Those were the high-rolling days when Ipoh was known to be 'the city of millionaires', which is an interesting phase in the history of our hometown indeed.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
February 14, 2009 9:04pm

People from Perak stay in Papan; Dinding; Lumut; Parit and even Pusing. Very interesting - just for "borak-borak"; no offence pl.


In fact I always consider myself a Perakian, even though I visit Perak only once a while but during CNY is a must. I still have many relatives and many, many valuables (no money can buy) in Perak esp. in Ipoh. Smile



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