THERE are plans to expand the trail of Dr Sun Yat Sen, China’s Father of Revolution, to other locations in Perak.
State tourism, industry, investment and corridor development committee chairman Loh Sze Yee said the trail presently covered only several locations in Ipoh.
He said there was information that Dr Sun had travelled to Taiping, Chemor and Kampar, and these had to be verified.
“These facts are by word of mouth, hence the information must be verified by China’s Soong Ching Ling Foundation before the trail can be created.”
The foundation is named after Dr Sun’s wife.
“We have invited representatives from the foundation for advice and to carry out research because it has all the records.”
Loh said the foundation handled Dr Sun’s records including his letters, and had better understanding of his movements at that period of time.
He was speaking after attending an exhibition and tour titled “The Road to Revolution: Dr Sun Yat Sen and His Comrades in Ipoh” at the Perak Chinese Amateur Dramatic Association in Ipoh.
Also present were foundation deputy secretary-general Li Anjin, author and founder of the trail Chan Sue Meng, Dr Sun’s great-grandniece Alexandra Sun, who is also the Sun Yat Sen Culture Foundation president.
“Expanding the trail will also help strengthen bilateral ties with China,” added Loh.
“The ties we are looking at are not only in terms of tourism, but investment and economic opportunities too.”
In 2020 Chan, the author of Road to Revolution: Dr Sun Yat Sen and His Comrades in Ipoh, had set up the Ipoh trail involving nine markers.
Each spot has a signage and OR code for visitors to learn about the site.
The trail covers, among others, Perak Hainan Association, Soon Thye Hang Marine Seafood, Keat Sin Leong Trading, Kin Kok Coffeeshop, Yik Fong Mall, Perak Chinese Amateur Dramatic Association, Lok Lum Club, Perak Cave, Happy 8 Cafe and Pentagon Chemical Supplies. — By MANJIT KAUR