Bukit Besi Museum mines Terengganu's iron ore history


An old building seen at the Bukit Besi mining site that was used to dry and process iron ore before the export-ready load was sent to the nearest port. Photo: Bernama

The history of mining in Bukit Besi in Terengganu not only reflects the legacy of the colonialists in the socio-economy of local inhabitants, but also the existence of an international community in the country since 1929.

Wan Mohd Rosli Wan Ngah, the honorary secretary of the Malaysian Historical Association (PSM) of the Dungun area, said that during its heyday, this enclave was inhabited by citizens of Britain, America, Canada, Australia, Holland, Germany, South Africa, India and China.

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