Easy in Tanjung Malim
Text by Faridah Begum
Sunday April 6, 2008
Take a leisurely stroll through Tanjung Malim and enjoy its good food and warm hospitality.
Here is the boom for Tanjung Malim, which was almost dying at one time. Now, Proton City is beckoning to Malaysians who want to live in bungalows by a beautiful lake and with good facilities, besides the numerous job opportunities that the city offers with the setting up of the Proton plant here that manufactures some 75,000 cars annually.
This is an eclectic mix of old and new, where the old concrete signage stating the town you are passing through is still in place while the tracks are new with the new double-tracking system in place. Again, this is a walk down memory lane.
Sungai Klah Hot Spring Park
Natural and curative, this hot spring has been turned into a resort, where jacuzzis utilising the hot spring water is available for some of the chalets here. It is nestled in lush forest patches, surrounded by hills and clear cold mountain streams and rivers. A haven close to Kuala Lumpur!
This is the place where most of Tanjung Malim’s history was recorded, especially during the communist insurgency. The pre-war building is still sturdy and a walk into this building seems to bring back scenes of yesteryear. Worth a visit, even if only to ask for directions.
Sultan Idris Teaching University
The Sultan Idris Teaching University is a tribute to the Sultan Idris Training College for Malay teachers, founded in 1917 by the Malay Federated States and Straits Settlement assistant director of education, R.O. Winstedt. Its establishment was to ensure adequately trained teachers were available for the education of locals in Malaya. The college, now a university, has since become an icon for this town and is a tourist attraction.
From afar, it is awash with colourful statues. Inching your way closer to it, you will see statues in their most resplendent hues and forms. It is truly a work of art and a beautiful example of what a peaceful and beautiful place of worship ought to look like.
Yik Mun Pau
No visit to Tanjung Malim would be complete without a stop at the Yik Mun Restaurant. One of the first food outlets to produce halal pau, most travellers would make a beeline for this restaurant where they get not only good and tasty pau, especially the savoury ones with curried meat, but also good toasted bread with thick kaya and aromatic Hainanese coffee. There are also frozen pau for sale if one wants to bring Tanjung Malim’s No.1 fast food home.
Tanjung Malim Rest House
This building has old-world charm, being constructed and completed in 1880. The prestigious Rest House is famous for its Mee Hailam and Chicken Chop. The rest house is also a popular stop for VIPs when they come to Tanjung Malim and despite age, the rest house stands proud and tall as a heritage building.
Slim River – Water Rafting
Not too far from town is Slim River where Four-Wheel Drives go on a trail through the river and more often than not, it is water rafting time down this body of water, which promises a great time with the rapids. If you are feeling adventurous, then this is a must-try Sport.
Masjid Jamek Tanjung Malim
Built in 1926, this mosque is very popular with visitors to Tanjung Malim as it has beautiful architecture and many Muslims from abroad actually make their way here besides many wanting to pray in this old and mesmerising place of worship. The mosque was designed by an English architect.
It is really easy getting to Tanjung Malim. Once you get on the North South Highway, head on towards Ipoh and you would pass the little towns of Rawang and Behrang. Once you reach an arch near Proton City, look out for the exit for Tanjung Malim, which is about 40 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur. -- The Star Leisure.
Apr 6, 2008
Easy in Tanjung Malim