“Yes, we are going to keep the dredge” so said Dato’ Hamidah Osman the Senior State Executive Councilor for Tourism when Ipoh Echo enquired on the state’s position of the last dredge in the country.
Dato Hamidah made the statement on Wednesday 20 January during an interview in Taiping to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Taiping Peace Initiative.
Dato’ Hamidah stated that discussions have been held over the ‘last few weeks’ on the topic and generally the mood is to “keep the dredge”.
”I have asked for a technical report on how to preserve the dredge. Besides preserving the dredge we must also ensure that it is safe and will last for the long term. We plan to seek assistance from mining consultants on how best to preserve the dredge”
The heritage dredge. T.T No5 is located at Tanjong Tualang and is in danger of sinking. Its pontoons need to be repaired but the company managing the dredge Century Mission Sdn. Bhd. does not have the funds to undertake the repairs.
Undoubtedly this is welcome news to heritage minded citizens. Ipoh Echo which is currently running an online poll on whether to preserve dredge has so far received positive responses to preserve the dredge.