Teluk Anson: The Faded Gem of Lower Perak

By Wong Yee Tuan

October 2018 TOWNS OF MALAYA
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Leaning Clock Tower (formerly Water Tower).
Teluk Anson is one of the few towns in Perak that owes its existence and prosperity to waterborne trade.1 It was initially a struggling village made up of attap huts, located at a horseshoe-shaped meander fronting a confluence of three rivers: Perak River, Manik River and Bidor River. The village was originally called Teluk Mak Intan and served as a landing and pick-up point for boats that sailed up and down the rivers. It was named after a Mandailing lady,...

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Wong Yee Tuan

is Fellow and Head of Penang Institute’s History and Heritage Programme. He hails from Malim Nawar and has profound research interest in the history of Penang.