|PLACES OF INTEREST
Nature and Adventure
|Perak Darul Ridzuan Warriors'
The monument is actually a gigantic "sundang", type of Malay Sword
generally called "kris". It was erected to commemorate the bravery
of Datuk Sagor, Datuk Maharaja Lela and their loyal followers who
helped to arouse the spirit of nationalism at Pasir Salak. A
"sundang" of this type was believed to have been used in the
assasination of British Resident James Birch.
Sipuntum was the one who actually carried out the assasination of
Resident James Birch, for which he was captured and sentencedto
death. His burial site is located about 30 metres from the grounds
of the Pasir Salak complex.
| The Lela Rentaka
"Lela Rentaka" is actually a kind of cannon used by the earlier
Malays in their defense against the British in the war that
followed the killing of James Birch. There are two such "lela
rentaka" on display at the Pasir Salak Historical Complex.
|River Terrapin Breeding
A breeding farm fot 'Tuntung' (river terrapins or Bataqur baska) is
located at Bota Kanan, about 40km from Ipoh. Opened in 1967 by the
state's Dept of Wildlife and National Parks, the primary aim of
this project is the conservation of this species. To date the
hatchery at Bota Kanan has released More than 25,000 hatchings into
the Perak River. Between November and March, visitors can witness
migrating river terrapins laying eggs in the wilds. Accommodation
is available in the form of basic chalets.
Taman Cempaka Sari is a pleasant small park by the Sungai Perak
(Perak River). It used to be closely connected to a nearby island
but over the years, the wooden bridge linking the island to the
riverbank has twice been washed away by flood waters. The island,
called Pulau Cempaka Sari, is a wooded and shady haven. From far, a
model of Rumah Kutai, a traditional olden Malay house, may been
seen on the island. This park took a shot at fame sometime in the
1980s when it was chosen as a location for a French film
'Indochine'. Near the park, there is a rest house located nearby
the riverbank. Today, the park serves as a recreational venue for
families in the area and a favourite site for festive celebrations
and watersports activities.