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Malaysia through the lenses of a Mat Salleh: Episode 16

Malaysia through the lenses of a Mat Salleh

By Philippe A.Durant

Great news yesterday, we can travel! Ooopps, no. Only in Green States and only with fully authorized tourist vans and buses. Never mind, false hope. 


Day 16: Ipoh – Of horses and men

I am not a horse rider but I love to watch them. In the past years in Ipoh, I was fortunate to be photographer at the Turf Club (thanks to former GM Mr Soo and all the wonderful staff of the Club) for many of the races, around the tracks and stables, during morning training and grooming and also for the equestrian show and the horse back riding archery. The Turf Club is located in a beautiful setting near the town. 

The Perak Turf Club is the custodian of a Perak racing tradition dating back to 1886 when the first meeting was held at Taiping, then the state capital…

Today, the PRTC races on a fine racecourse, the backdrop of which is Gunung Korbu, one of the highest peaks in the main range of Peninsula Malaysia.” (

I also visited the Iskandar Polo Club many times, thanks to Raja Nahar Raja Shahar, his family and everyone at the Club, too. The Club celebrated its 100th year of existence last year but the events scheduled were cancelled due to the pandemic. “Iskandar Polo Club (IPC), named after its founder Sultan Iskandar of Perak, was first established in 1923. It is one of the oldest polo clubs in the country, and was relocated from Dairy Road to its current location in Ampang Baru, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia in the early 1970s. The idyllic setting here gives the club a resort feel.” (Emily2u)

Here are some of the photos I took during my time in both clubs. You can see many more on my FB page.

Bon voyage.

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