Thursday, October 20, 2005

A place connected to the first British Resident of Perak, J.W.W. Birch

A diorama at the Time Tunnel on the Pangkor Treaty of 1874 when Raja Muda Abdullah(shown here with songkok)and Governor Andrew Clark(seated,right)met onboard the steamship Pluto

A kampung steeped in history

The Star

MENTION Pasir Salak and one will associate this little village, at a remote corner of Perak, as a pivotal piece of the state’s past.

This is where the first British Resident of Perak, J.W.W. Birch, was assassinated – an act which sparked off the war between the British colonial administration and the Malays.

It remains significant in history as the first area where a rebellion was staged against the British rule.

Read full story: A kampung steeped in history...The Star

How to get there

VISITORS can reach Pasir Salak, about 80km from Ipoh, by road.

It takes about 80 minutes via the Ipoh-Lumut Road and visitors will pass through several villages in Bota Kiri.

For a shorter route, visitors can take the Batu Gajah Road and head towards Tanjung Tualang and Kampung Gajah before reaching Pasir Salak in about an hour.

Travelling along this route is also interesting as visitors get to enjoy the scenic view of traditional wooden Perak-styled houses, the padi fields and buffaloes.

Driving is also a breeze on this road as there are fewer vehicles especially lorries, unlike the Ipoh-Lumut Road.

Source: The Star

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