By: Rosli Mansor Ahmad Razali
The name Bukit Larut has been synonymous with Taiping since the British colonial era in 1884. The temporary closure of this historical hill resort due to landslides around the years 2019 and 2023 has cast a shadow over Taiping’s tourism industry.
However, Bukit Larut possesses its own allure, not only renowned for its history but also capable of capturing the interest of visitors who appreciate the tranquillity alongside the fresh, comfortable, and misty mountain temperatures.
Unquestionably, many have raised concerns about why the Taiping Municipal Council (MPT) has yet to allow tourists to enter Bukit Larut.
In response to these questions, Ipoh Echo/Peraktastic had the opportunity to inquire about the current status of this area rich in biodiversity.
According to the Mayor of MPT, Khairul Amir Mohamad Zubir, Bukit Larut is still undergoing the process of repairing slopes and roads affected by landslides on several routes.
“Although the paths to Bukit Larut are still closed, climbing activities are permitted, but any risks are the responsibility of the individuals.
“While waiting for slope and road repairs by the Public Works Department (JKR), MPT is also conducting maintenance work on the four bungalows located in Bukit Larut.
“The reopening of Bukit Larut is subject to approval from JKR. Once JKR announces that the routes to Bukit Larut are safe, only then will we announce and open the paths to tourists,” he stated.
Bukit Larut is also renowned for bird-watching activities, serving as a habitat for approximately 270 bird species, including local and migratory birds.
Additionally, Bukit Larut houses a telecommunications station and a rain gauge. It acts as a rain catchment area, providing a natural supply of clean water to the entire population of Taiping and the surrounding areas.