New weekly show to dazzle visitors

Saarani (centre) witnessing the key handover ceremony between Ipoh mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin (second from left) and NCER head executive Mohamad Haris Kader Sultan during the project launch.

Ipoh residents and visitors have a new attraction in the city – light and sound shows.

Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad, who launched the Ipoh Heritage Tourism (IHT) project, said special shows would be displayed on a structure at the Ipoh Padang every week, from Friday to Sunday.

“The facade is 10m tall and will give the audience a different experience compared to watching the show on a blank screen.

“There will be at least 10 shows,” he said.

“These include shows that showcase the heritage and rich culture of Perak, its tourist destinations and also a memoir of Perak’s most famous cartoonist Datuk Mohammad Nor Mohammad Khalid, better known as Datuk Lat.

“The venue is also equipped with toilets, bathrooms and changing rooms that are open to the public,” he added.

Saarani said apart from the light and sound shows, the RM11mil IHT project also includes redevelopment at Kinta Riverwalk.

He said the project was a collaboration between Ipoh City Council and the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER).

“Part of the project, called 1A, is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2024.

“Another part, 1B, which focused on Kinta Riverwalk’s bridges, pedestrian walk and shops, was completed last year.

“The project will help revive tourism which was badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic,” he added.

It was reported earlier this year that the redevelopment at Kinta Riverwalk would include two glow-in-the-dark bridges, an entertainment space for children and shops selling arts and crafts.

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