Kellie’s Castle to Be Upgraded

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Kellie’s Castle located in Batu Gajah will be given a RM5 million upgrade under the 10th Malaysia Plan allocation. The upgrade plans include an integrated amphitheatre, an English tea garden and a maze.

“The whole upgrade will focus on the surrounding exterior and will not touch Kellie’s Castle”. The upgrade plan was announced by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Tourism Dato’ Dr. Ong Hong Peng when he visited Kellie’s Castle recently with officials from Batu Gajah District Office and the Economic Planning Unit.

Tenders will be called next month and work on the site is scheduled to start in August and expected to be completed between 15-18 months.

The number of visitors to Kellie’s Castle have reflected an increasing trend yearly of 48.4K (2008), 68.1K (2009) and 80K for 2010.

Ong also announced that his Ministry had allocated RM1.7 million for the Lata Kinjang Project and RM600K for Tasek Raban.

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2 thoughts on “Kellie’s Castle to Be Upgraded

  1. It is good that the Ministry of Tourism will be pumping much needed funds into several tourist spots in Perak. But what are the plans and what is the rationale for the amounts to be spent?

    Design has been wanting at all tourists spots. Existing facilities at Kellie’s Castle and Lata Kinjang are poor. The priority should be getting experts to design and build appropriate structures appropriate to the sites, including sensibble colour for the buildings. Pink will not do.

    The recent flooding of the car park at Kellie’s Castle indicates that the entire car park needs to be raised and embankment reinforced. The new buildings must be sensibly designed and constructed. Landscaping should not overpower the unfinished ‘castle, and it should be done to a theme which match the romance of the ‘ruins’. RM5 must be wisely spent, and contract management company must undertake maintenance work.

    Similarly, Lata Kinjang needs appropriate structures and good maintenance for public facilities, especially the toilets and food outlets.

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