As part of Morubina Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, a life-size tin mining palong was unveiled a month ago. The company, that is striving to liven Kinta River, which is fronted by their Kinta Riverfront Hotel & Suites, also plans to build a tin mining museum-cum-workshop next to the palong. It cost RM500,000 to reconstruct the palong, which was donated by former tin miner Dato’ Chin Lean Choong and the Malaysian Chamber of Mines.
This palong is said to be the first of its kind in Malaysia, although there is a similar one at the Lost World of Tambun’s Tin Valley. The “palong”, which is a Malay word used to refer to the sluice boxes, is the most important structure in an open-cast tin mine. The floor gradient would determine the effectiveness of the palong in retrieving tin ore.
Work on the tin mining museum-cum-workshop is expected to begin this October, but at this point in time, there is no indication of when it would be completed and open to public; and its expenditure.
At this time of writing, anyone is free to check out the palong, which is located across the riverbank from Kinta Riverfront Hotel & Suites. One has to cross the red metal bridge, a replica of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge.
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