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  • Taiping, a heritage town in northern Perak, Peninsular Malaysia. Taiping was emerged with booming of tin-mining in 19 century, chosen as centre of government by the Straits Governor. Taiping was also one of the pioneers in municipal government in the Malay States, during British colonial era.
  • A hydrotherapy pool will soon be among the new features of the Taiping Hospital. The hydrotherapy pool provides treatment for patients with a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders, improving their physical function and strength. Hydrotherapy has been proven to help patients recover from conditions such as joint and back pain, arthritis, sports injuries and reduced mobility.
  • The Sikhs started migrating to Malaya in considerable numbers since the last quarter of the nineteenth century when the British started recruiting them in the paramilitary forces. Trade and tin mining in Larut was disrupted by frequent fighting between two warring Chinese clans (Ghee Hin and Hai San). Capt Speedy reached Penang on Sept 29, 1873 and proceeded straight to Larut. These sepoys were reenlisted as the Resident’s Guard after the signing of the Pangkor Engagement in January, 1874 and became the nucleus of the Perak Police (about 160 men) together with a few Malays and Chinese constables. This force was renamed the Perak Armed Police in 1877 under the command of Lt Paul Swinburne.
  • The British favoured Sikhs as they were regarded as brave and highly-disciplined. Locals were intimidated by their physical appearance. In early 1877, the Perak Armed Police (PAP) was formed in Taiping. Lieutenant Paul Swinburne, who could speak Hindi and Malay, was its first police commissioner. Sikhs, numbering about 300, made up a majority of the members. In 1895, Sikhs numbered 774 compared to 220 Malays.
  • There will be another cable car system in service in Bukit Larut, Taiping - a historic town in Malaysia, by year 2011. Cable cars (aerial tramway) are now widely used as tourist attraction, and an alternative transportation in remote tourist sites, for its environmental friendiness, and lower cost of installation.
  • Taiping Cable Car links up with Austrian firm Doppelmayr. Doppelmayr manufactures chairlifts, cable cars, gondolas, surface tows for ski and amusement parks as well as urban people movers and material handling systems. The group has produced over 13,700 installations in 78 countries.
  • Cable cars are the most environment-friendly form of public transportation, not only in construction, but also operations and maintenance. They have been used in Europe for more than 150 years. It is widely used in gazetted national parks all over the world. Asia is catching up with this trend. Look at China, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia; they are opening up their highlands using cable cars and not cutting the hills to build roads,
  • Taiping Railway - The first railway line in Malaysia was opened on 1 June 1885, which ran between Kuala Sepetang (Port Weld) and Taiping - the heart of the tin-rich Larut in Perak. Only 13km in length, was because of the need to transport tin from mines to the coastal port.
  • THE electrified double track project (EDTP) that is taking shape from Ipoh, Perak to Padang Besar, Perlis is now 43% completed. “When it is ready, a trip from KL to Penang is expected to take only three hours,” said Yeoh. Once completed in December 2013, the EDP would be able to cater for high-speed trains capable of travelling at 160km per hour. The trains will pass through four states — Perak, Penang, Kedah and Perlis.
  • The RM6bil Ipoh-Rawang rail track, which was completed in 2007, is set to see its maiden electric train service to Kuala Lumpur soon. the MMC Corp Bhd-Gamuda Bhd consortium is upgrading the 329km Ipoh-Padang Besar stretch for RM12.5bil. The RM3.45bil Seremban-Gemas electrified double-tracking project was awarded to Ircon International Ltd and is scheduled for completion in 2012.
  • A MANNED railway crossing at Jalan Raja Sulong in Taiping, which is the access road leading to the densely populated Kampung Boyan and Aulong residential areas will be closed to traffic under the RM1.2bil electrified Ipoh-Padang Besar double track project.
  • The historical iron bridge built by the British over Kerian River in the 1800s has been demolished to facilitate the Ipoh-Padang Besar Electrified Double-Track Project.
  • Electrified railway line from Ipoh to Padang Besar 57% completed. Just last week, engineers successfully broke through the final segment of the 3.3km-long Berapit Tunnel in Padang Rengas, Taiping.
  • The completion of the Ipoh-Padang Besar Electrified Double-Track Project (EDTP) will be delayed by almost a year due to land acquisition problems. It was initially targeted to be completed by December 2013 but it would now be delayed to November 2014.
  • The Berapit and Larut tunnels are situated between the towns of Padang Rengas and Taiping, Perak. The Larut tunnel measures 330m long and the Berapit twin-tunnels are 3.3km long each in the hilly region of Perak,
  • The national railway service intends to preserve five old stations -- at Batu Gajah, Bukit Berapit, Taiping, Alor Star and Padang Besar -- for their historical significance and sentimental value, as well as to promote certain destinations to tourists. Meanwhile, the Taiping and Alor Star stations were designated by the National Heritage Department as national heritage sites.
  • Double-track rail project on schedule. The Ipoh-Padang Besar portion of the electrified double-track project is now more than 75 per cent complete. The project included the construction of a 3.3km tunnel in Bukit Berapit, a marine viaduct in Bukit Merah (both in Perak) and a swing bridge in Perai, Penang.
  • Parit Buntar - Padang Rengas, Project Progress as of May 2013
  • Electrified railway line from Ipoh to Padang Besar 57% completed. Just last week, engineers successfully broke through the final segment of the 3.3km-long Berapit Tunnel in Padang Rengas, Taiping.
  • THE 329km Ipoh-Padang Besar Electrified Double Track Project, a railway section that will form a part of the planned Singapore-Kunming rail link that was agreed upon by Asean countries in 2007, is expected to be completed in 2013.
  • Once Cambodia's new railroad is ready, only one link, between Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, will remain before a Pan-Asian railway is complete. Cambodia and Vietnam have already signed an agreement to link their railways, and China is supporting a design study on a rail link from Phnom Penh to Loc Ninh, Vietnam. The railway rehabilitation project is a vital component of the Greater Mekong Subregion's southern economic corridor - linking Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam - and is a key component of Asean's Singapore-Kunming Rail Link Project.
  • MMC-Gamuda is the contractor for the 329-kilometer Electrified Double Track Project (EDTP) between Ipoh and Padang Besar, encompassing two train tunnels of 3.5-kilometers, each. The twin-bore, single-track Berapit tunnel cuts across a granite hill, connecting the Padang Rengas portal in Ipoh with the Taiping portal. The tunnel is the main feature of a project costing RM12.485 billion, with tracks running across four northern states - Perak, Penang, Kedah and Perlis. It will be completed by 2014.
  • Kuala Lumpur Railway Station - one of the most impressive Railway Staions in the world as announced by opentravel.com
  • A quarter of a mile in length, the Eastern & Oriental Express luxury train recaptures the golden age of rail travel through one of the world's most beautiful and exotic regions. Accommodating 132 passengers in 66 air-conditioned cabins, the Eastern & Oriental Express is a truly unique way to explore South-East Asia and a remarkable celebration of any special occasion.
  • Our railway legacy may end up in history books, not tour brochures. Malaysia has no dedicated heritage lines as even the Port Weld-Taiping line — the nation's first railway — and the Seremban-Port Dickson stretch have not been declared as such. In other developed countries, rail heritage tours are packaged and sold globally to tourists interested in seeing a nation's interior for scenic views that even off-road travel and jungle-trekking would not afford them.
  • s there are plans to convert the old Taiping railway station in Perak into a railway museum soon, it will be good if Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) reconstruct the first railway track built in 1885 from Taiping to Port Weld. The track, which was the first railway line in the country, could also have coal-powered slow locomotives to reenact that special 19th century feeling. Such attractions would surely interest both local and foreign tourists and the Tourism Ministry can play a part to assist in this project. It will also be good to incorporate that old KTM canteen on board the trains that serves Char Bee Hoon and hot coffee. I hope the Government will preserve all the old historical railway stations in the country even after new futuristic stations are built under Ipoh-Padang Besar Electricfied Double Tracking line. Old railway stations are heritage landmarks and the history of such buildings and services should be made known to the next generation.
  • The long-delayed electric train services between Butterworth and Kuala Lumpur are expected to start in July, Malayan Railway (KTM) has been operating an electric train service on the KL-Ipoh route since 2010 after the railway line was double-tracked.
  • The new northern passenger service from Ipoh leaves at 5am, stops at Butterworth for 40 minutes, before arriving at Padang Besar at 9.15am, with the fare for an adult costing RM44 one way. The return leg from Padang Besar starts at 2pm, and arrives at Ipoh at 6.50pm after stopping at Butterworth for an hour and 15 minutes. The train stops at 24 stations between Ipoh and Padang Besar, including Kuala Kangsar, Taiping, Kamunting, Parit Buntar, Simpang Ampat, Bukit Mertajam, Sungai Petani, Alor Setar and Arau.
  • Many of Malaysia’s ageing diesel-run passenger trains will be turned into special holiday coaches this year, along the lines of the famous Orient Express. KTM Bhd said these old trains, made up of Intercity coaches, will be replaced by the newer Electric Train Service (ETS) on the Gemas-Padang Besar line by the second quarter of this year.
  • In-line with the ETS, electrified train service from Kuala Lumpur, KL to Padang Besar and KL to Johor Bahru, here is the timetable available for the public's conveninience. Also, train service between Bangkok and Butterworth is available on daily basis.
  • KLIA Express Train Schdule, 15 ~ 20 minute interval. Just 28 minutes from KL Sentral to KLIA.
  • The West Coast Highway project linking Banting to Taiping has been identified as one of the areas for expansion of the North-South Expressway under the 10th Malaysia Plan.
  • The RM3.1bil West Coast Highway project linking Taiping and Banting, which had been postponed for 10 years, will be implemented by Konsortium LPB Sdn Bhd, Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said. He said the Cabinet had given the go-ahead for work on the 215.8km expressway project to start.
  • Under the proposal, a highway would be built between Banting in Selangor and Taiping in Perak at a cost of between RM5 billion and RM6 billion. Depending on viability, the highway would later be extended to connect Banting and a town in Johor, believed to be Gelang Patah.
  • Government was studying a proposal to build a new 600km highway linking Taiping and Johor Baru that would traverse the west coast of the Peninsular. Plans for such a highway are not new as Konsortium LPB Sdn Bhd had proposed to build the West Coast Expressway (WCE) about 15 years ago, did not take off due to issues relating to funding the highway and the concession agreement. One such reason is that going by the initial cost estimates of RM5bil to RM6bil for the Banting to Taiping route, toll charges would be expensive.
  • Coastal towns, especially those in the west coast and north-west of Selangor such as Kuala Selangor, Sungai Besar, Sabak Bernam, and Perak such as Teluk Intan and Taiping, have experienced heavy emigration of their population for a very long time due to lack of jobs and investments.
  • Kumpulan Europlus Bhd subsidiary West Coast Expressway Sdn Bhd has received a letter yesterday from the Public Private Partnership Unit of the Prime Minister's Department, approving in principle the proposed construction of West-Coast Expressway (Taiping Banting).
  • After a long delayed works on the West Coast Expressway, the project will commence early 2012 finally. Hopefully, with the construction, the areas along the highway will also develop. The highway was to be via the west coast of Changkat Jering, Taiping to Banting, Ppassing by a number of towns in Perak and Selangor. However, the State Government proposes to change the route through Bagan Datoh, Manjung up to Changkat Jering (coastal road), which means that the road through Teluk Intan, that was in the original plan, will not be implemented.
  • The construction of the 286km-long West Coast Highway linking Banting in Selangor and Changkat Jering in Perak will begin by December.
  • The upcoming RM7.07 billion "West Coast Expressway" - WCE is expected to spur the growth of key industries in the west coast of Perak and Selangor. Beneficiaries include property, tourism and industrial sectors in Sepang and Banting in Selangor; as well as Perak's Pangkor, Taiping and Lenggong.
  • Kumpulan Europlus Bhd (KEuro) has proposed a private placement to raise up to RM57.83 million to finance the controversial West Coast Expressway project linking Banting, Selangor to Taiping, Perak. KEuro had in January this year signed a 60-year concession with the government to build the expressway at a cost of RM6 billion, with construction slated for completion in five years.
  • The West Coast Expressway, WCE connects Taiping in Perak to Banting in Selangor. Possible interchnages include several coastal towns such as Beruas, Sitiawan, Teluk Intan, Sabak Bernam, Tanjong karang, Ijok, Kapar, Meru, and existing expressway such as NKVE at Bukit Raja, Federal Highway at Sungai Rasau, Shah Alam Expresway at West Kebun and SKVE at Tanjung dua belas.
  • A three-lane highway, which will begin at Jelapang, will have exits at Sungai Siput, Karai, Kati, Anak Kurau, Batu Kurau and ends at Selama, stretching 85km and costing RM2.5 billion would be built by a local company, Beta Mutiara Technologies (BMT) Jelas Sdn Bhd.
  • Taiping airport was built in 1929, the first airport not only in Federated Malay States but also in South East Asia. Taiping airport is located at Tekah, Thomson Road. Also knowned as Tekah Airport. The airport was serving as a commercial airport for the use of the British officers and European merchants. Taiping airport also served as the airstrip for the Royal Malayans Air Force (RMF).
  • Taiping airport was built in 1929, the first airport not only in Federated Malay States but also in South-east Asia. Taiping airport is located at Tekah, Thomson Road. Also knowned as Tekah Airport.
  • Taiping, literally means Everlasting Peace. Taiping also known as Klian Pauh until the second half of 19 century. The area developed quickly in the 19th century following discovery of tin deposits.
  • “Peace begins with a smile..” ― Mother Teresa “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” ― Gautama Buddha
  • The Chartered Bank was founded in London in 1851/1853, opened its first branches in 1858 in Calcutta and Bombay and then Shanghai. In 1859, the bank opened a branch in Hong Kong and an agency in Singapore. Banknotes were issued by the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China. And opened agency at Taiping from 1859 until 1890, during the boom of tin-mining.
  • The MSG, a body of local Indian troops which formed Malaya’s own regiment, was based in Taiping. In 1873, the Orang Kaya Mantri of Larut, Dato’ Ngah Ibrahim, was worried about rivalry between Ghee Hin and Hai San Chinese clans in the tin-mining region, and wanted fighting men from Punjab to maintain law and order. He consulted Capt T. Speedy who formed the 1st Battalion Perak Sikhs, which originally comprised 110 men of Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims. This battalion became the MSG in 1896.
  • A dispute cropped up in July 1861 when Hai San clan tried to sabotage Ghee Hin's waterway which ended with a fatality of a Ghee Hin man... The conflicts between the Kings and the clashes between the Ghee Hin and Hai San reached an end when the Pangkor Treaty was sealed on 20 January 1874.
  • The influx of Chinese who came directly from China increased the number of people in Larut. In 1862, the number swelled to 20,000 ~ 25,000 people while in 1912, the whole of Perak recorded a total of 230,000 residents. The arrival of Chinese in Perak gave birth to two clans - the Ghee Hin led by Lee Ah Kun and the Hai San led by Chung Keng Kwee.
  • The heritage dredge, T.T. No 5, has tilted 18% into the water on the starboard side at the stern. It was built in 1938 by W.F. Payne & Sons. Once belonging to Southern Malayan Tin Dredging (M) Sdn Bhd, the dredge had scoured for tin ore in the Kinta Valley for 44 years until operations stopped in 1983 due to the collapse of the industry.
  • TAIPING: On a clear day when the skies are crystalline blue, with nary a cloud, the Lake Gardens of Taiping is a testament to a healthy, living planet. The pollution-free atmosphere and the silence that prevail over the place, except for the chirping of birds, are what draw visitors and residents to the area. With Mother Nature casting a spell on one of her most precious jewels, Taiping stands proudly as the only town in the country that has the magnificent lakes-in-the-garden.
  • Malaya - comprised of states of Malay Peninsular and Singapore which were under British control between the 18th and the 20th centuries.
  • Without a mall, theater, beach or port, and without a lot of buzz going around, the town of Taiping in the state of Perak, Malaysia, is easy to ignore. About the only thing it is known for is its zoo, which draws 700,000 visitors a year, mostly students who go on excursions to see the animals. But there is more to the town than meets the eye. Unquestionably off the beaten path, Taiping rewards the adventurous traveler with experiences that are infinitely more profound than mere merry-making and leisurely sightseeing.
  • is a type of city plan in which streets run at right angles to each other, forming a grid.