Perak State Park Corporation administrative officer Ain Maisyara Yazrol said although the park was part of the Kinta Valley Geopark, the public was discouraged from visiting Tasik Cermin for safety reasons.
“However, the state authorities will look into making the place a proper tourist site soon once safety measures are in place,” she said.
On Feb 12, StarMetro reported that three new tourists attractions in the state had been identified as “high-risk areas” by the Fire and Rescue Department.
Its director Azmi Osman had said the three locations included Tasik Cermin, the Tanjung Tualang tin dredge and Tasik Banding.
He said unlike the two other locations, the state authorities had yet to recognise Tasik Cermin as a tourist destination.
The only access to the lake was to trek pass a quarry before walking through a 50m-long tunnel to reach the lake.
Ain Maisyara added that once Tasik Cermin was declared as a proper tourism platform, then it would be safe for tourists to visit the area.
“It must be declared official (tourism spot) in terms of safety, infrastructure and facilities.
“But now, the public are not encouraged to go there,” she said.
Kinta Valley Watch member Vivien Lian said it was important for the state government to recognise Tasik Cermin as a significant tourist attraction.
She said since the limestone hills were iconic to Ipoh, Tasik Cermin should be acknowledged too.
Lian added that the state government should either transform the place into a tourist attraction, or failing which, completely prohibit access to the area.
“They have to keep the public well informed of the reasons and take necessary action to ensure public safety.
“There are many locals and tourists visiting the lake and something needs to be done fast.
“I hope they are not waiting for a tragedy to occur, and use that as an excuse to close the place down without taking any responsibility,” she added.