KAMPAR: This former tin mining town has been elevated to district status and is set to become an efficient service industry hub.
Perak Sultan Azlan Shah declared Kampar the state’s 10th district in a ceremony at the Bandar Baru Kampar field here yesterday.
Previously part of the Kampar-Gopeng sub-district under the Kinta district, the new district encompasses 66,980ha and includes Gopeng town.
In his speech, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said the Kampar-Gopeng sub-district had been gazetted as Kampar district on March 9, 2007.
Its first district officer, Ahmad Kamaruzzaman Hamzah, was appointed on Aug 11, 2008.
“At one time, Kampar was one of the world’s largest tin producers but due to the decline in demand for tin in the 1980s, mining activities came to a halt.
“However, in only a short time, the town has managed to re-establish itself as an educational hub,” said Dr Zambry.
He said the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman here would revive the district’s glory in the eyes of the world when it produces hundreds of thousands of graduates.
The state government has identified a 46.5ha piece of land in Batu Putih, 1.5km west of the town centre, to be the district’s administrative hub.