Proud of my Taiping roots
Despite having left Taiping more than two decades ago, the charming old, former tin-mining town continues to have a special place in my heart.
This was where I spent my formative years up to completing my secondary school years — a good 19 years.
Although I do not go back as often these days, everything in Taiping still reminds me of the good old days.
The neighbourhood that I grew up, first in Jalan Azizul Rahman and later in Taman Glenview, both in Kamunting, still stand strong despite being overgrown with lallang in some parts.
Taiping was recently named the Town of Everlasting Peace and judged the third best city in the world, behind Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, and Vancouver, Canada.
The recognition was given during the Sustainable Top 100 Destination Awards 2019 at the International Tourismus-Börse show in Berlin, Germany, in March. Read more…
Taiping tourism unaffected by Bukit Larut closure
The closure of Bukit Larut, also known as Maxwell Hill, since last year due to landslide risks, has not affected tourist arrivals. Taiping is ranked among the top three sustainable cities in the world.
Taiping Municipal Council president Khairul Amir Mohamad Zubir said the heritage town still had many attractions such as the Perak Museum.
“The Public Works Department is in the process of opening tender for repair works at the affected areas.
“We expect Bukit Larut to be opened to the public by January next year at the latest, ” read more…
Mural of Amelia Earhart in Taiping – Malaysia Book of Records
TAIPING: A mural painting of Amelia Earhart, the first woman who attempted to fly solo around the world, has been recognised by the Malaysia Book of Records (MBOR) as “The Biggest Outdoor 3D Mural Painting”. Read more…
The mural is 14.6m tall and 27.4m wide and was painted on the wall of a shophouse at Jalan Abdul Jalil here. Read more…
30 birds from Fukuoka Zoo going to Taiping Zoo
Fukuoka City Zoological Garden director, Sato Hiroaki, said the zoo was picked because it is well-managed and clean, aside from the weather here being suitable for the birds.
“We’re sending 10 Silver gulls, 10 Pied imperial pigeons and 10 Rosy-billed pochards,” Read more …
Taiping picked for Age-Friendly City pilot project
Taiping has been selected for the implementation of the first phase of the Age-Friendly City pilot project.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the project would involve a development planning process that was expected to take two years.
She said based on the expected scenario of the country’s population for years to come, the government, through the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, in collaboration with the Perak government, Taiping Municipal Council and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), drafted a pilot project towards establishing an age-friendly city in Taiping. Read more …
Taiping, Kota Bharu bestowed international awards
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 1): Taiping in Perak and Kelantan’s capital, Kota Bahru, received international recognition at the 9th Tourism Promotion Organization for Asia Pacific Cities (TPO) General Assembly held in Busan, Korea recently. Read more …
iCare Pharmacy Charity Run 2019
- Date: 22nd December 2019
- Time: 7:00 AM
- Venue: Pavilion Zoo Taiping, Perak
- Distance: 10km & 3.5km
- Fees: RM 45 – RM 110
First phase of botanical gardens open to public
THE first phase of the Perak Botanical Gardens with some 10,000 plants and 120 species is now open to the public.
Completed in November last year, it consists of four themed areas: Palmatum garden, Perak Malay garden, northern zone endemic garden and a themed park over a 5.7ha area.
The Palmatum garden has been planted with various palm and cycad trees.
They include the Roystonea regia, Cycas rumphii, Licuala grandis, Beintinckia nicobarica, Livistonia rotundifolia and Ravenala Madagascariensis. Read more …
Taiping Market gets RM9m facelift
Taiping Market, the oldest market in Malaysia, will soon undergo massive restoration works costing RM9 million.
The market, which was built in the 1880s, will be upgraded and modernised. It will be equipped with better facilities for traders and customers. However, the traditional design and wood structure will remain in order to preserve the historical value and to attract more tourists. In the first phase, a total of RM1 million has been approved to design the building with the aim of maintaining its heritage structure. Read more …
Comfort living for the elderly
A RM5mil retirement village will soon be built in Taiping, Perak, following the signing of a lease agreement between the Titular Roman Catholic Bishop of Penang and the National Society of St Vincent de Paul.
“Our intention is to provide the elderly with a place to retire, especially for those whose children are unable to care for them.
“The village will be built with 118 rooms and it will be open to anyone who wants to retire there as it provides a holistic environment, especially for those who are spiritually inclined,” she said. Read more….
Taiping joins hands with Fukuoka
“This twinning relationship has expanded with Taiping signing the MoU. Both Taiping and Fukuoka will be working in the fields related to zoology, education and public awareness as well as wildlife conservation,” the purpose of the MoU is to formalise and strengthen the relationship between MPT and the Fukuoka City Government.
“One of our objectives is to further cooperate in the field of animal welfare science and the delivery of professional species-management processes that optimise viability, sustainability and conservation.
“Both Taiping and Fukuoka have a common mission to take the initiative in promoting educational activities and preserving the natural environment as well as to encourage the locals to respect nature,” Read more…
Taiping to be a Senior-friendly Town
THE Taiping Municipal Council plans to turn the town into a senior citizen-friendly town.
“Taiping is a heritage town that is also fondly referred to as a ‘pensioners’ paradise’. We need to continue maintaining our status as Heritage Town and also rejuvenate it to have better surroundings and as a liveable city,” he said during a town hall meeting recently. Read more….
New highway set to be a boon to Teluk Intan
THE West Coast Expressway from Banting to Taiping will bring about positive socio-economic development for Teluk Intan once it is completed in 2019, says Teluk Intan MP and Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong.
Mah said, with the town being one of the exit points along the expressway, the journey to Kuala Lumpur in the south as well as Penang in the north will be shortened by at least 30 to 45 minutes. Read more …
A showcase of heritage and culture
SEVERAL interesting activities have been lined up under the “Taiping Berpesta 2017” event.
The five-month programme, which started in August, would end next month.
The programme held in conjunction with Visit Perak Year 2017, is organised by the Taiping Municipal Council in cooperation with the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA), and several non-governmental organisations.
The event is aimed at promoting two main tourism products, which are the Taiping Heritage Trail, and the Taiping Zoo and Night Safari. Read more …
Pleased to meet Charles and Camilla
Prince Charles was in Perak to visit the Taiping War Cemetery where soldiers who died during the Second World War in then Malaya are buried.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission country manager G. Ghobu said Prince Charles expressed his appreciation to the body for maintaining the cemetery so well. Read more …
Bottled water company wins big at branding awards
MINERAL water company Spritzer Bhd added two more awards to its already long list of achievements this month.
For the eighth consecutive year, it managed to garner the Frost & Sullivan – Asia Pacific Bottled Water Company of the Year award in Singapore. The company was also named World Branding Awards 2017 – Brand of the Year under the Water Category for the third year running in England.
The company based in Taiping… Read more…