MALAYA was a country that was built on rubber and TIN. Tin was mined by dulang washers, gravel pumps and DREDGES.
Tin is part of our history. There is only ONE working tin dredge left in the whole country located in Tanjong Tualang, Perak. It is being operated as a tourist attraction and since early this year the dredge has tilted in the water and is in danger of sinking into the lake and be lost forever.
It now belongs to Century Mission Sdn. Bhd. who acquired the historic dredge built in 1938. The Perak government had spent RM500,000 developing it into an attraction in 2008. It costs RM5000 a month to maintain. But the company says it does not have enough money to maintain the dredge and has gone into custard apple planting to supplement its income and hopefully raise enough cash to repair the dredge's damaged pontoons.
Tin - the metal that built the country
Dredge T.T. No.5 - the only surviving tin dredge in the country
History - about to drown
And Ng Yen Yen (minister of Tourism) is busy promoting nasi lemak, bak kut teh and roti canai.
Is there still a minister in charge of culture and heritage? If there is I wonder what the minister is doing? Or is there any wonder?
Nothing la, bodoh Patrick!