Recently I visited Ipoh for a weekend and got a closer look at the city at street level.
Ipoh is an under-rated city with hidden surprises, a rich heritage and some mouth-watering local delicacies such as salted chicken baked in rock salt, hor fun and special white coffee.
Back at the apartment I was putting up in, the hall opened up to the hazy majestic hills rising in the distance, bordering the Kinta Valley. But what was jarring was the bald spot clearly visible from Bukit Kledang, a sizeable portion of which had been cleared for oil palm cultivation.
Increasingly, wherever we go in the country, we can see signs of a certain form of development spilling over into public areas.
While in Ipoh, I couldn’t help recalling how, two decades earlier, the late Fan Yew Teng had fought a lone crusade to conserve karst areas in the Kinta Valley. Most of Malaysia’s limestone deposits are karst, which is landscape underlain by limestone. Full article on Aliran website