This 12 months, the Malayan Historical Group Association (MHG) is working to be sure that historical World War II (WWII) websites within the Perak state proceed to be protected, documented and promoted, with efforts to put up informative signboards and historical markers.
MHG chairman Shaharom Ahmad mentioned 16 places in Perak had been recognized, with every web site having their very own historical worth within the Malaysian story. With more historical data and analysis made obtainable, these locations can create alternatives for neighborhood pleasure and tourism.
“MHG strives to defend the historical worth of the websites. We took the initiative to install signboards for every historical WWII web site … they will function informative ‘open-air museums’ for the general public,” mentioned Shaharom.
“So far we now have put in signboards on the Kuala Dipang Bridge, the Victoria Bridge, the Sultan Iskandar Bridge in Kuala Kangsar, in addition to in Teluk Intan, Chemor and Kampar which turned the websites of fierce battles between British troops and the Japanese military,” he added.
He talked about these initiatives after officiating a WWII memorial ceremony at Laman Sejarah Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Kampar along with the 81st anniversary of the “Battle of Kampar” at Green Ridge late final month.
The “Battle Of Kampar” was a fierce battle between 1,500 British troops, together with Indian, Sikh and Gurkha troopers who fought towards 4,000 Japanese troops for 4 days from Dec 30, 1941.
The battle noticed 150 British troopers in addition to 500 Japanese troopers killed and buried in a single web site in the identical space often called Green Ridge.
Shaharom mentioned that MHG will proceed to analysis and doc these WWII battle websites, with collaborations and research involving many events, together with historians – from inside and out of doors the nation. – Bernama