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15 July 2013

HERITAGE TOWN: Taiping needs master plan

By Datuk Abdul Mutalib Razak, Taiping, Perak

THE recent announcement by Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz that Taiping should be turned into a heritage town is welcomed.

Perhaps the minister, whose father Tan Sri Aziz Yeop was an illustrious student of King Edward VII school, could have been inspired by the latter to make the decision.
I have over the years written to the NST on the need to retain the historical sites and buildings, and not destroy the Lake Gardens, esplanade and other tourist attractions.

As the minister rightly stated, Taiping is a town that can boast of having many first-class amenities. I do not want to list them down but suffice to say that these amenities can be developed and enhanced to realise their tourism potential and historical significance.

Taiping is also blessed to have Bukit Larut, a hill resort, and Kuala Sepetang (Port Weld), a fishing village that is surrounded by the vast Matang mangrove forest.
These two areas, if systematically developed, can be major tourist attractions, especially now when eco-tourism is the in-thing.

Even the old fish market in Jalan Taming Sari and Jalan Kota can be developed on the same concept as Central Market in Kuala Lumpur.
In order for the minister's vision to become a reality, whatever is planned must involve Taiping folk, old and young.

Perhaps a master plan should be drawn to see the best way to envisage Taiping as a heritage town.

Read more: HERITAGE TOWN: Taiping needs master plan - Letters to the Editor - New Straits Times