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Hornbill Feeding at Pangkor


Pangkor Island, Perak’s idyllic and laid-back holiday destination, has another interesting product to offer its visitors. This is hornbill feeding where every evening at 6.30pm at the Sunset View Chalets at Nipah Bay, its owner Nordin Bakar, 56, will feed the island’s population of hornbills.

Nordin feeding Hornbills at his Sunset View Chalets, Nipah Bay, Pangkor at 630pm.


Nordin has been feeding these birds for the past nine years beginning at a time when they ‘dropped by’ usually in the evening. Then one day he experimented calling them by whistling.

The initial response was lukewarm but after seven months, and after trying out various types and tunes of whistling, he would attract 25 birds. Now the birds arrive in batches. On most days the birds would number 25 to 30 but can total to 60 on some days.

Nordin preparing bananas while an Hornbill audience awaits

Initially, he fed the birds with bread, papaya and bananas but eventually he standardized it to bananas as the birds seemed to like that fruit best. From 2kg of bananas in the beginning it has increased to 4kg per day due to increasing numbers coming to feed. His monthly cost is RM300.

Nordin has now fixed his feeding time at 6.30pm daily as he noticed more would come at this time. His daily routine now includes peeling the bananas at 6pm and by 6.30pm, the birds would fly in and perch around the dining room to watch Nordin while more birds would wait on the cables above the chalets.

Nordin summons the birds by whistling and more would fly in.

Just before 6.30pm Nordin would whistle loudly and from nowhere more birds would fly in. It is quite a spectacular show as Nordin throws the cut bananas one piece at a time into the air as the hornbills catch the fruit while in flight. He also feeds them by hand.

The gathered audience would then join in to feed the hornbills, some throwing the bananas above while others fed the birds from their hand. I tried feeding the hornbills and at one try, saw three Hornbills flying down for one banana.

Eating off the hand, the birds never bit my finger.

Incredibly the birds always took the banana but never bit my fingers at any time. Interestingly every time they swooped down to feed it was the strength of their wings that created a sense of a strong breeze over my head.

Once the birds had their fill they could be seen playing as they fenced with their beaks. By 7pm the hornbills had dispersed and so too the audience. The event was a lovely experience which visitors should view when they visit Pangkor.

For information you may contact Nordin Bakar  at The Sunset View Chalets, Lot 4461, Teluk Nipah, Pangkor Island. Tel: 605-6855448/012-408  2297. Fax: 605‑685 5449. Email:


Another Budget Hotel Opens


Tulip Hotel opened its doors recently. Located at Sunway City Ipoh within walking distance to the Lost World of Tambun, the Tulip offers business and family-friendly hotel accommodations and services at an excellent value. The hotel rooms are stylishly designed with premium bedding and a choice of pillows for the best possible sleep experience. Every room is attached with a large shower space, which includes a filtered water system and great water pressure to help you start your day off right.

Another budget hotel opens

The facilities they provide are free wireless access, air-conditioning, telephone and LED TV with Astro subscription. To ensure guests stay at ease, security cameras and burglar alarm systems are installed to monitor the lobby, hallway and parking area.

Tulip is designed specifically for travelers who are looking for an affordable stay without compromising comfort. Tulip provides five different types of room to cater for individuals, group corporates, local or foreign visitors and even families. Rooms range from RM70 nett for a single room to RM140 nett for a family room.

For more information log on to, find them on Facebook, contact them at +605-541 7199 or write in to for booking assistance.

New Dialysis Machine for Centre


The Hope Haemodialysis Centre, located at 43 Jalan Lasam, recently received a new kidney dialysis machine, valued at RM35,000, from Latter-Day Saint Charities, an arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The Centre was founded 12 years ago, as a social outreach ministry of the Canning Garden Methodist Church to provide Haemodialysis for the poor and needy who cannot afford dialysis at the hospital.

New Dialysis Machine for Centre

Dr Su Too Kiat, founder and President of the Centre, is a practicing general practitioner in Ipoh. Haemodialysis prolongs life and improves its quality and enables patients to be gainfully employed. The Centre accepts patients irrespective of race or religion. The Centre is staffed by qualified nurses. In addition, volunteer doctors, including a nephrologist and a cardiologist, visit the patients in the Centre regularly.

The Centre operates 12 hours a day, six days a week, even on public holidays. It is closed on Sundays. The Centre has 12 machines, each of which operates over 8 hours per day. The average life of a machine is 10 years.

The Centre is run as a non-profit service to help poorer patients who suffer from kidney failure, with donations from the Canning Methodist Church, public donations, and financial assistance from the Malaysian government.

Haemodialysis is only a stopgap measure to improve the quality of life and enable patients to be gainfully employed. The final objective for a more permanent cure is a kidney transplant.

Upon receiving the machine, Dr Su Too Kiat said, “We appreciate your kind generosity. With constant use, the machines wear out after about ten years and so this machine will be a great addition to the Centre. It is a wonderful day for everyone here.”

Contact: Robert Howell 016-262 5071, email:

Reopening of Hillcity Hotel


Strategically located along Jalan Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, just three minutes’ drive from the Simpang Pulai toll interchange and ten minutes’ drive from the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport, Hillcity Hotel has been reopened to the public since September 1, after months of renovation and refurbishment costing over RM2 million.

The reopening and launching ceremony, held on Saturday, September 21, was graced by Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim, Dato’ Ting Sing Yiew, Group Managing Director of Morubina Group of Companies, which owns the hotel, fellow hoteliers, business associates and guests.

Reopening of Hillcity Hotel

Hillcity Hotel, a pioneer star-rated hotel, is set amidst serene panoramic hilltop overlooking Ipoh city on one side and the Sam Poh Tong limestone caves on the other.

All 100 rooms of the hotel have been refurbished and are now equipped with individually-controlled air-conditioning, 32-inch LCD television with international business, sports and movie channels, complimentary wi-fi connectivity, bath tub, rain shower, hair dryer and coffee and tea-making facilities.

To celebrate its reopening, Hillcity Hotel is currently running a promotion whereby guests will enjoy a complimentary buffet lunch at Kinta Riverfront Hotel worth RM45+ per person. Rooms are priced from RM99+ per night. Kinta Riverfront, a four-star hotel, is also a property of Morubina Group of Companies. This cross-promotion is valid until year’s end.

Dato’ Ting said, “Although there are many hotels in Ipoh, what sets Hillcity Hotel apart is that we are a city hotel that is amidst nature, facing Ipoh’s famous limestone hills. There is a recreational park right in front of our hotel, owned by Ipoh City Council. We are going to develop it into Junglewalk@Hillcity Hotel, almost similar to Riverwalk@Kinta Riverfront, but with a jungle setting.

“Also, plans are in the pipeline to offer the best food and beverage experience, beginning with the opening of a Chinese and a Japanese restaurant next year.”

Dato’ Roshidi welcomed the hotel back into business, saying, “It is an additional facility to enhance the development of the tourism industry in Ipoh.”

The six-storey Hillcity Hotel first opened its doors for business 15 years ago. It was launched by HRH Sultan Azlan Shah on July 25, 1998.


Nolee Launches New Application


Executive Councillor for Health, Tourism and Culture, Nolee Ashikin Dato’ Mohammed Radzi, launched a new web-based application at the state-level Malaysia Day celebration held in Tapah recently.

Nolee launches new application

The application, which is designed by K-Perak, is accessible on mobile phones and on Tourism Perak’s website. It will enhance the viability of online referrals for visitors to Perak.

Although a similar application was launched by Tourism Perak in 2012, vide its “Discover Perak” portal, the new application, in its current “Travel Perak” portal, is more user-friendly and also more informative. “The application incorporates the use of a Google Map to better serve travellers on the go,” said Nolee to Ipoh Echo.

Readers can access the new application on Tourism Perak’s website at


Fundraiser Operetta by Australian Troupe


Ipoh theatre lovers will be in for a treat at the end of this month when the Johann Strauss operetta, Die Fledermaus or ‘The Revenge of The Bat’ will be performed here by Australia’s Touring Opera Company, Co-Opera.



The operetta is being brought in by the Perak Association for the Intellectually Disabled (PAFID) as part of its annual fund raising project in collaboration with Co-Opera. It will be performed at 7.30pm on September 30 at the Kinta Riverfront Hotel and Suites.

The prologue of this comic operetta relates how a “Dr Falke’s best friend Gabriel Eisenstein leaves him naked in the centre of town with only his mask to cover his crown jewels after a drunken fancy dress party. Good friend Einstein may have long forgotten his practical joke but Dr Falke’s hideous embarrassment in front of the whole town requires revenge. Thus the stage is set for ‘Revenge of the Bat’ set in the glamorous high society of early 1920’s Art Deco Australia.

5th from left Dato Dr Yeoh Beng San with PAFID Committee-members

According to Association President, Dato’ Dr Yeoh Beng San, PAFID was formed in 1980 and is a voluntary, non-profit charitable organisation that caters for the educational needs and well-being of the intellectually disabled in the State of Perak.

The Association manages five schools, three sheltered workshops and a sheltered factory in Ipoh and functions through annual grants from the government and donations from the generous public.

The Association is targeting to raise RM500,000 from the event. Tickets are priced at RM300, RM200 and RM100 per admission. For every 10 tickets purchased, one ticket of the same denomination will be given free.

For further enquiries call 05-547 0186 or contact Ms Lai 017-585 4376.


Bumi Puja for Crematorium


A Bumi Puja was recently performed at the Buntong Hindu Cemetery to build the new crematorium. This is a ceremony performed to inaugurate a new site for the construction of a building. According to Hindu beliefs, by performing this puja, the right energy and natural elements surrounding the site can be propitiated. This was carried out early in the morning which is considered most auspicious for this ceremony.

Bumi Puja for Crematorium

S. Nadesan, Assistant Secretary of Ipoh Hindu Devasthana Paripalana Sabah (IHDPS) said that the Perak State Government has given RM1.3 million for construction of the crematorium. However, he said that the total cost would be RM2 million and IHDPS has to raise the balance.

The crematorium is being purchased from China and would have three chambers and use diesel fuel. It is expected to be completed in eight months. It will incorporate the latest in cremating technology to ensure a clean and healthy environment. The site will have a new access road and ample space for a car park.

Nadesan said that IHDPS would be operating the crematorium on a non-profit basis as a service to the community. They are planning to charge RM400 per cremation. The amount collected would not cover the maintenance costs and IHDPS must bear the additional costs. It is planned to convert the existing cremation building into a columbarium.

With the construction of the crematorium, the contentious issue over cremation of Hindus would come to an end.


Lenggong Valley celebrates 1st anniversary as World Heritage Site


The first anniversary celebration of Lenggong Valley as a World Heritage Site was officiated by Regent of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah. A five-day carnival was held which included an art exhibition, display of traditional dishes from 18 villages, cultural shows and performance by singer Jamal Abdillah who is known as Raja Pop Malaysia.

Lenggong Valley celebrates 1st anniversary as World Heritage Site

Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said the carnival was to help promote Lenggong Valley and to create awareness among  people to appreciate the priceless heritage of the country.

The recognition by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)  on June 30, last year, meant that Lenggong Valley is listed on the world tourism map and is soon to become a popular tour destination for many.  This is the fifth site in Malaysia, in addition to George Town, Malacca, Mount Kinabalu and Niah Cave, to be recognised as world heritage site.

Zambry added that since the recognition, the number of tourist arrivals had increased from 2,000 to 5,000 per month. This  positive increase can be attributed to the recognition and has also opened the door wider for the state’s tourism industry, particularly in Hulu Perak where  development will take place.

The state government together with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and National Heritage Department are preparing and developing the tourist infrastructure in Lenggong Valley. However, this  may take some time to materialise. The opening ceremony ended with fireworks display.


Council will Evict Dirty Flat Dwellers


A hundred mouse traps were distributed to eateries in Old Town by Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim recently. This was part of a rodent control campaign organised in conjunction with the nationwide Gotong-Royong Perdana 1 Malaysia Programme. The national programme kicked off at the Menggatal wet market in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, while at the state-level, it was concurrently launched in Ipoh and Taiping.

Council will Evict Dirty Flat Dwellers

As part of the council’s Community Service Responsibility initiative, Kinta Heights and its surrounding areas were selected for this gotong-royong and rodent control activity on the morning of Saturday, August 24. The council’s initiative was supported by representatives from the local Rukun Tetangga, Perak Drainage and Irrigation Department, Kinta District Health Office, Fire and Rescue Department, non-governmental organisations, residents and volunteers.

Roshidi expressed his anger and disappointment that despite repeated reminders throughout his term as mayor to keep Ipoh clean, it is still not as clean as it used to be. “I’ll no longer compromise on cleanliness. Kinta Heights residents caught littering will be evicted from their flats, and those who tip off the council will enjoy a month’s free rental.”

He continued, “I have done my best as mayor, but it is the public’s attitude towards cleanliness that needs changing. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep the area clean.”

Ipoh City Council has been running rodent control programmes since December 2011. This year, a special allocation of RM31,092 has been approved for this project.

Leptospirosis is caused by exposure to the Leptospira bacteria, transmitted to humans through water contaminated with animal urine. Rodents are one of the primary hosts of the bacteria. For the first seven months of this year, there were 277 reported cases of Leptospirosis in Perak, with one death.


Tenby’s New Campus



The new Tenby Schools’ campus in Bandar Meru Jaya might just be the answer for parents who are seeking an international-level education for their kids. Covering an area of 13.5 acres, the school held its soft launch on Thursday, August 22.

Tenby’s New Campus 1

With five campuses around Malaysia, Tenby has a total of more than 1000 students in all of its branches. In addition to Malaysians, many of them are of different nationalities such as Japanese, Koreans, Indians, Pakistanis, Americans and others.

The new campus offers a conducive and secluded environment which is very suitable for studying. It has many facilities that students can enjoy, like classroom blocks, early-years centres, specialist rooms for science subjects, library and an expressive arts centre.

Tenby’s New Campus 2

Co-curricular programmes are given emphasis by the setting up of the sports complex that includes a swimming pool, football field and a multi-purpose hall. This is to keep students from burying their noses inside academic books all day.

“We encourage students to take part in at least one or more co-curricular activities,” said Mdm Lee Yam Sei, Director of Tenby Schools Ipoh.

Tenby’s New Campus 3

With the vision of “A United World at Peace – Through Education”, Tenby hopes to promote a living model of racial and cultural diversity, international mindedness through its International and Malaysian curricula.