Time capsule programme gives visitors chance to include their stories

Nolee and Aminudin keeping their stories stored in test tubes inside an antique safe at the Tanjung Tualang Dredge No.5. — Photos: RONNIE CHIN/The Star

Nolee and Aminudin keeping their stories stored in test tubes inside an antique safe at the Tanjung Tualang Dredge No.5. — Photos: RONNIE CHIN/The Star

A TIME capsule programme has been launched in conjunction with the 80th anniversary of the Tanjung Tualang Dredge No.5 (TT5).

The programme under Mentri Besar Incorporated (MB Inc) invites visitors to “write their stories” and their stories will be stored in an antique safe for the next 20 years.

MB Inc chief executive officer Datuk Aminudin Hashim said TT5, which was built in 1938, is the country’s last tin dredge.

He said during the peak period of the tin mining industry, there were 123 dredges, out of which 60 were based in Perak.

“From the 60, five were in Tanjung Tualang, and as time went by, four of it were sold as scrap metal, and in 2015 when the state government took over, the last dredge was restored.

“So to maintain the heritage of the dredge, one of the programmes launched is the time capsule, where we want people to list down their memories, aspirations and so forth by telling us a story.

“The stories, written on pieces of paper, will be placed inside the time capsule and opened when TT5 turns 100 years old in 2038,” he added.

Tourists to the dredge would be able to include their stories until end of December, he said.

A time capsule pack costing RM38, he added, would be available from the dredge’s gallery from the end of March.

Aminudin also said there were 12 components of development taking place at the dredge, with two warehouses to be constructed to hold activities as well as set up community-based businesses.

The other developments include a court for traditional games, wayang pacak (movies screened in open areas) and antique exhibitions.

Perak Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohd Radzi, who officiated at the event, said TT5 was another historical project for Perak and the development of the dredge since the state government took over was something to be proud of.

She said there were several challenges that had to be overcome when it came to restoring the dredge for generations to come and MB Inc worked hard to turn the dredge into a tourist attraction.

“There are guided tours available for tourists on board the dredge, besides having the experience of dulang washing (tin ore panning).

“On weekends, there is a bazaar offering various delicacies, as well as entertainment in the form of busking activities,” she added.

Nolee added that the state government allocated RM5mil for the development of the warehouses.

She said once ready, the warehouses would provide a commercial space and encourage tourists to spend more time in the area.

“I hope private entities involved in this industry will work with the state government to help develop the cluster at the international level.

“Within this cluster, there is Gua Tempurung, Gaharu Tea Valley, and Kellie’s Castle, which are among the main tourist attractions in the state, and with the Kinta Geopark status, I hope the Tourism Ministry will help in promotional and development activities,” she added.

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