By Jerry Francis
Just like any other century-old city, Ipoh has its share of old architectural buildings constructed according to various era and cultures.
Some of these buildings may be near where we are staying or where we would pass daily on our way to the markets or work. But, most of us are taking them for granted and fail to notice them.
It is not until some owners decided to demolish their buildings that we begin to realise and appreciate them and make an outcry over their demolition.
“Despite many being demolished to make way for redevelopment, there are still over 100 of such beautiful buildings in the city,” said Ang Heng Swan, who has compiled a collection of photographs of the old architectural buildings.
Apart from Railway Station, Town Hall, Hongkong & Shanghai Bank and High Court, which are well-known landmarks of the city, there are other notable architectural buildings. Among them are mosques, churches, temples, schools, commercial buildings, mansions and residential houses.
They include Straits Trading Building, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Darul Ridzuan Museum, Dato Panglima Kinta Mosque, Old Fire Station, Old State Secretariat Building, Perak River Hydro Building, Perak Chinese Mining Association, Foong Seong Building and shops and residential houses along Jalan Bijih Timah, Jalan Dato Cheang Lee, Jalan Raja Ekram and Jalan Lau Ek Ching.
Ang feels that such buildings need to be highlighted and to get the authorities and owners interested in preserving them.
“They are our heritage and need to be spruced up as part of the beautification of the city,” he added.
In an effort to get the residents of Ipoh to be aware of such buildings, the Ipoh Barat MCA Youth together with Gerakan Belia Malaysia and Pertubuhan Foto Imej Perak is organising “1Malaysia Perak Heritage Buildings 2010” photography competition.
“We feel the best way to get Ipoh residents to notice these beautiful buildings in their midst is to publicise them, perhaps even publish the photographs in a book,” added Ang, a committee member of the competition.
The closing date of the competition is on August 14 and prize-giving and exhibition will be held at Glamour Square in Bercham on August 31.
Closing date is August 14. Entries to be sent to: Poon Foto, 26 Jalan Laxamana. Tel: 05-2559491.