‘Disused Ipoh mining pond has tourism potential’

Roslan showing the abandoned mining pond in Kampung Temiang, Ipoh, which he says can be a tourist draw.

A FORMER tin mining pond in Kampung Temiang, Ipoh in Perak, has the potential of being developed into a tourist attraction, says a non-governmental organisation.

AJ Kinta Perak Community Welfare Association president Roslan Ali said the pond had been abandoned for the past 80 years.

He said the NGO planned to develop the place and make it as popular as other Malay villages in the country, like Kampung Baru in Kuala Lumpur and Kampung Kacang Putih in Buntong (Perak), which is well known for Indian snacks.

“I am in the midst of putting in my proposal to the local authorities to set up a floating restaurant at the pond.

“For now, we have stalls by the side of the pond, selling fresh chicken and beef during the fasting month,” he said when met.

Roslan has plans to get permission to have paddling boats there as well.

“It is rare to have a mining pond in the city, and if this place is spruced up with more lighting and the bushes cleared, it could be a good place for photography.

“There are also plans to open stalls selling handicrafts and foodstuff, including anchovies,” he said.

“The view surrounding the pond is beautiful as there are several traditional houses in the background.

“This could be an alternative for those visiting Ipoh as they could also experience village life in the city,” he added. — By MANJIT KAUR

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