The Japanese government will provide two electric buses to Taiping Municipal Council next year to ply the newly-launched Taiping Heritage Trail. The buses will be an added attraction for tourists visiting the UNESCO-declared heritage town.

Northern Corridor Implementation Authority and the Japan International Cooperation Agency have been working hand in hand to prepare the buses which operate fully on rechargeable batteries.

Taiping is chosen to receive the eco-friendly vehicles in order to support the municipal’s policy of encouraging the use of green technology.

Taiping Municipal Council officially launched the town’s heritage trail which consists of 39 places of interest. They include, among others St George Institution, Old Kota Mosque, Fort Carnavon, the cenotaph, the iconic Lake Gardens, Taiping Zoo and many others along its 11.2km route. Visitors taking the bus will be accompanied by a tour guide who will describe the historical significance behind each site and building throughout the entire trail.

“We’ve received positive feedback from both locals and tourists. All the data are being collected, collated and processed for dissemination to those concerned. Hopefully, it’ll help convince the Japanese Government to grant Taiping more buses in the future,” said Dato’ Abdul Rahim Md Ariff, the council's president at Taiping First Gallery on Friday, April 10.

Present at the ceremony, was Dato’ Dr Muhammad Amin Zakaria, the Executive Councillor for Education, Science, Environment and Green Technology.

Ili Aqilah & Nantini