Memorial to be Built in Pos Dipang to Commemorate the Tragic Mud Flood That Claimed 44 Lives

BY: Zaki Salleh

Ipoh – A memorial will be erected in the Orang Asli village of Pos Dipang to commemorate the natural disaster that struck the village 27 years ago.

The Pos Dipang tragedy was a catastrophic mud flood that occurred on August 29, 1996, in the Orang Asli Settlement of Pos Dipang, Kampar.

This event claimed the lives of 44 villagers, with five of the victims’ bodies remaining unrecovered.

Efforts to establish this memorial are currently underway, spearheaded by the state government in collaboration with the National Archives Department of Perak, Malaysia.

Previously, a survey of the former incident site was conducted by A. Sivanesan, the Exco for Human Resources, Health, Indian Community Affairs, and Integration of Perak.

He was accompanied by officers from the Department of Orang Asli Development (JAKOA) Kinta/Kampar, the Director of the National Archives Department of Perak, the Village Chief of Sahom, and the Deputy Director of the Ipoh Fire and Rescue Department.

In addition, a Historical Commemoration Ceremony for Pos Dipang: The Tragedy of August 29, 1996, was held at the National Archives Building of Perak.

This ceremony aims to remember the heart-wrenching tragedy while also providing lessons based on the experiences of the victims and the rescue personnel involved.

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