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 :
Charlie Choong

Gurmail Singh
Iris Cheng
Lau Sook Mei
Samuel Chua

Past Activities

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.


12 Responses to “About PHS”

  1. 1 gurmail singh March 25, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    congratulations !
    for having initiated this blog.
    i would like to reccommend the members and my friends who are interested in heritage, Ipoh in particular to have a look at the book by Ho Tak Ming ” Ipoh When Tin was King “.
    i personally found it very informative and still excited about it. There are some great pictures taken around 1910 at Station Road and Belfield Street. I love to get to the spot from which this pictures were taken and compare with what I see.

  2. 2 ika March 29, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Yes! Congratulations indeed.

    I agree with gurmail – Dr Ho’s book is very useful when studying Ipoh’s history and I enjoy reading it as well.

    For information the majority of pictures in the book were provided by ipohWorld and most are available with descriptions on http://www.ipohworld.org.

    Happy reading.

  3. 3 Tiger Adnan April 8, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Anybody has heard about Monster of Papan?

    Old Edwardian

    • 4 perakheritage April 12, 2011 at 12:16 am

      Hi Adnan, welcome to the PHS Blog. Monster of Papan? That’s interesting. Well, what do you know about it? Care to share with us?

      • 5 perakheritage April 19, 2011 at 11:50 pm

        It is nothing new that most Malaysians are undoubtedly fascinated with tales of the unknown and unseen. So much so that these tales, passed down from generation to generation have become part of our lives and culture. For example, the Malays who live on the fringe of the jungle would talk about orang halus, orang bunian, jin and many more. And so like most hillside settlements Papan also has its fair share of tales and folklore. One interesting one is about a 70-foot-long serpent-like monster; whether it was a dragon or ginormous snake no one knew for sure. It roamed the hills in the region. The monster is brought to life by the late Ho Thean Fook in his book entitled God of the Earth. Do get a copy of the book if you wish to know more.

  4. 6 Hafizah Kamaruddin July 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Congrats PHS for yr new blog. Wishing all the best in yr undertakings

  5. 8 Hew Tau Hon September 25, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Hi, i am Hew Tau Hon from Ipoh. Im now studying Advanced Diploma in Quantity Surveying at TARC Kuala Lumpur. Im doing a thesis which related with the conservation of Kellie’s Castle. Do PHS have any related news about Kellie’s Castle? May i know how to contact PHS in order to get the useful information? Hope to get PHS reply as soon as possible. Thank you very much.

  6. 9 perakheritage September 27, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Hi Tau Hon, welcome to the PHS blogsite. It’s great to know that the subject of your thesis is the ever-popular tourist destination, Kellie’s Castle. I’m sorry that it is not appropriate for me to disclose contacts of PHS members here. However, I’ll correspond with you on email soonest possible.

    Sook Mei

  7. 10 perakheritage March 7, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    To Judy Lam:
    Thank you for your sentiments. Sorry for the late response to your comment. Falim House is now a “sales gallery” for the developer — it has been spared for now. However, the wooded estate has all but gone. All the big trees are gone, and the fish pond is being filled up and levelled for building construction. We have been informed that very soon a new exhibition will be shown at the gallery. This may be the chance to view the grand pre-war mansion.
    Between heritage conservation and re-development and exploitation, the owners and the authorities have the upper-hand. Often we are powerless except to voice our protest and most of the time, we cannot even find the medium to do so without jeopardising our position. Nevertheless, we keep ploughing, hoping for some effective action to stop the endless, mindless destruction of our shared heritage.
    Siak Hong

  8. 11 lna October 4, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Im haslina. im really interested to know more about perak heritage.actually im doing my master in heritage and conservation management. kuala kangsar is my proposed site for heritage and conservation. i really appreciate if you can share some information that can help me to develop my idea.. especially about the history of kuala kamgsar.

    • 12 perakheritage October 28, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      Hello Haslina.
      As a master student in heritage and conservation management of Kuala Kangsar, you would have access to more information, including the history of Kuala Kangsar, than we would know. As far as we know, there has not been a book on the history of KK.
      KK has an important architectural heritage which you may have started to evaluate. I would imagine you have done some research on the Malay College, a national heritage. Of course, you’d know about the Sultan Azlan Shah Gallery, which was adapted from an old istana.
      You can find a couple of stories on KK in Heritage News in our blog.
      Good luck to your academic pursuit.

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Persatuan Warisan Perak
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