The launch of Ipoh’s heritage marker trail of Dr Sun Yat Sen and his comrades on Monday afternoon, 16th December, signifies another reason for tourists to visit Ipoh during this year-end school holidays.
This latest addition to Ipoh’s list of interesting heritage trails is the first of its kind in Perak, and is produced and managed by Sue Meng Heritage Sdn. Bhd.
This trail corresponds to the book, “Dr Sun Yat Sen and His Comrades in Ipoh” that links Kinta Valley (Perak) to Dr Sun Yat Sen, authored by Ms Chan Sue Meng, the founder of Sue Meng Heritage Sdn. Bhd.
“Dr Sun Yat Sen and His Comrades in Ipoh” was published by the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Singapore in 2013 (English edition) and 2015 (Chinese).
During this first phase of installation, 11 signage will be installed at entrances of sites and/or buildings to mark their former functions, denoting places that were occupied by advocates and those involved in activities supporting Dr Sun Yat Sen.
The landmarks are:
1. Perak Hainan Association
2. Soon Thye Hang Marine Seafood
3. Keat Sin Leong Trading
4. The Happy 8
5. Pentagon Chemical Supplies
6. Kin Kok Coffee shop
7. Yik Foong Complex
8. Perak Chinese Amateur Dramatic Association
9. Lok Lum Club
10. Kong Heng Coffee Shop
11. Plan B
12. Perak Cave
To launch this trail, one signage was unveiled, at The Happy 8. Currently, all landmarks, except for Kong Heng and Plan B, already have the signage installed, each features a unique image, site title corresponding to those in the book, as well as QR code that leads visitors to learn more about the site’s history in relation to Dr Sun Yat Sen.
This historic marker trail is made possible with main sponsorship from Jensom Ng Productions. It is supported by Tourism Perak, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (Singapore), Sun Yat Sen Cultural Foundation (Hong Kong) and Perak Chinese Assembly Hall.
Dr Sun Yat Sen in Ipoh
Around the turn of the 19th century, Mainland Chinese were indentured into Malaya by the thousands to labour in tin mines at Kinta Valley (Perak), historically the most productive tin-producing district in the world. Along with them, many more Chinese arrived to establish businesses to serve these communities.
Scores of immigrants shared, and contributed hard-earned income to realise Dr Sun Yat Sen’s vision of a better China with “people’s livelihoods”. Dr Sun had visited Ipoh twice (as recorded in history), as well as other parts of Perak. Together with his constant companion, Chen Cui Fen, Dr Sun’s family (wife and daughters) came to Perak to raise funds and sought support for his cause.
About Kinta Valley (Perak)
● was top 3 fundraisers for the Huanghuagang (Yellow Flower Mound) Uprising, widely regarded as the event that led to end the dynastic age of China,
● Ipoh hosted the strategic fundraising “Preparatory Meeting” for the Huanghuagang (Yellow Flower Mound) Uprising that followed the “Penang Conference”,
● had more Tungmenghui (Chinese Revolutionary Alliance) societies set up to promote Dr Sun’s cause than any other state in Malaya,
● had 23 of 63 reading clubs set up in Malaya to promote Dr Sun’s cause; there were 100 such clubs globally.
Dr Sun Yat Sen & Comrades marker trail is definitely interesting to explore, for visitors who are history buffs, and particularly those who already have some insights about the revolutionary leader.