Who we are
Perak Heritage Society is a non-governmental organization based in Ipoh. We are a group of people passionate about safe-guarding Perak’s heritage.
Our objectives are to promote public awareness and the conservation and preservation of our social, environment and cultural heritage, for the benefit of all the people in Perak. In truth, we deal with Perak’s natural, cultural and industrial heritage.
Concerned with the rate at which heritage sites are being destroyed, and the ‘improvement’ of the Ipoh Padang in 2002, a group of people got together to form the Perak Heritage Society. It was registered in Aug 2003. Today, PHS is what we call ourselves.
We network with individuals, related NGOs and local communities and encourage locals to take pride in their ‘hometown heritage’, and be alert to threats to their heritage.
The PHS is a resource for researchers and writers. We assist and arrange interviews with and provide heritage guide and information to individuals, communities and interest groups. In our network, we participate in community activities, and assist behind the scene by creating awareness through media blitz. We also lend our support to others’ causes, such as the Save the Royal Belum and Save the Koay Jetty campaigns.
A project the PHS hopes to undertake soon is to collect, document and publish books and videos on our heritage. Like most NGOs, and despite many well-wishers, supporters and donors, the PHS is hampered by limited resources, both human and financial. More fund-raising projects will be done and benefactors sought.
If you want to be a member or a supporter of PHS, please go to JOIN PHS.
PHS Committee March 2010 – March 2012
President : Mohd Taib b Mohamed; PMP, AMP, PPT.
Vice-President : Law Siak Hong
Honorary Secrectary : S. Sundralingam
Honorary Treasurer : Eddie Teo
Committee Members :
Lau Sook Mei
Talks about history, heritage and conservation in practice have been organized. Our speakers ranged from Malcolm Wade who spoke about Perak Postal History (2002), Raimy Che Ross who spoke on ‘Kota Gelanggi – The Lost City’ (2005), Lim Take Bane’s talk on ‘Adaptive Re-use of Old Buildings’ (2004), and recently (2009), Ruth Iversen-Rollitt who talked about ‘B M Iversen: the Danish Architect of Ipoh’.
PHS also screened films which were shot on location in Perak. Of interest to old film buffs, these films provide us the chance to view places and vistas which may have been changed or destroyed. These films serve as semi-documents on many of our photogenic heritage sites.
Open Days and Members’ Nights are events which promote exchange of views on heritage issues between PHS members, friends and invited guests.
Guided walks and field trips are organized from time to time for members and friends. A nominal fee will be charged by our guide, with proceeds going to PHS. Personal trips can be arranged on an ad hoc basis, pending available information and guide.