A former Taiping resident has contributed these nuggets about the environmental history of the historical town.
Did you know that over a hundred years ago:
- abandoned mining pools were turned into Malaysia’s most famous botanic gardens with iconic rain trees.
- there was a law protecting the mangrove forests allowing for only sustainable harvesting of bakau wood for building and charcoal.
- the hill range was proudly protected with the forest reserves extending to the fringes of the town.
That was Taiping, the town that means ‘everlasting peace’ … the Matang coastal area and Maxwell, now Larut, hills). In fact, the Malayan Nature Society(MNS) was born in Taiping.
The former resident said he grew up there and spent a 16 wonderful years growing up in an multicultural environment. There was also a big commonwealth military base with Fijians and “Rhodesian” and even the only Parsi cemetery in the country.
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