Thursday, March 11, 2010

Kuala Lipis - A Colonial Town of the Past

As Kuala Lipis was the capital of British Pahang in 1800 to 1953, it has a number of buildings act as reminder to its past.

The State Mosque was built by a trader from Yemen in 1888 with the Indonesia Architecture, resemblance to the Minangkabau buildings in Sumatra. Th mosque is at the further end of the town. Although it is still in good condition, it is no longer used as a mosque, as a new and build replacement was built about 15 years ago.

Kuala Lipis is known to produce a number a leaders for the country. Among the famous Malaysian are, the present Prime Minister, Najib Razak, Ghazali Shafie, the former Home Minister, a wri ter, Ishak Haji Mohamad and the latest is the Singer, Siti Nurhaliza.

Lipis District
It used to be th biggest district in Pahang, until the District of Jerantut was created taken the bigger portion of Lipis. Now it is the third biggest district with land area of 527,861 hektar. The bigger portion is still covered by virgin jungle and the natural habitat of wild lifes. The rivers are still unpolluted with rapids and waterfalls that can be the natural attractions to the visitors.

There are at least 14 historical buildings, like The Clifford School, The post office, The States Secretary Official Resident and the mosque.

The Railway Station was the biggest in the East Coast with thousands of workers, mainly from India. It was built by the British for two basic purposes, to transport the natural resources from as far as Kota Baru in Kelantan and bring them down to Singapore. The rail also served for the political agenda, extending the influence of the British.

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