Located approximately 9 kilometers south of Batu Gajah on the Tanjung Tualang road in the state of Perak, Malaysia, Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge No. 5 (TT5) is Malaysia’s last remaining tin dredge. It was built in 1938 by F.W. Payne in England. It was formerly owned by Malayan Tin Dredging Limited before it was donated to the State Government of Perak by Malaysian Mining Corporation (MMC).
The tin dredge remained operational for 44 years and it used to represent the symbol of prosperity in Perak during the glorious days of the tin mining industry. It stopped operating on August 1982 when the tin prices dropped around the globe.
In 2008, the dredge was opened to the public, but as the years passed by, the damages to the vessel became severe so it has to undergo major restoration. The State Government of Perak appointed MB Inc. to manage and restore the 79-year old dredge in 2015 with the goal of turning it into a national heritage and an iconic tourist destination in Malaysia.
Repairs are still ongoing so entry to the dredge is closed to the public but the vicinity remains open to people who want to have a glimpse of Malaysia’s last tin dredge.
We’re lucky to see TT5 up close. We were able to explore a little bit of the dredge. There are still areas that are off-limits since repairs are on-going but we were basically able to see what’s inside the dredge. It was an amazing experience knowing that it is the last tin dredge in Malaysia.
Let’s help save Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge No. 5! You may visit the dredge everyday (except Monday) from 8:30AM to 5PM. Visit their Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/tanjungtualangno5/
Big thanks to Empayar Awan Biru for organizing the Social Influencers Fest 2017. Also thanks to the sponors: Malaysia Inbound Toursim Association (MITA), Homestay Malaysia, GetFi, Destination Perak, MB Inc. MK Land Inc., Koridor Utara, Royal Belum, Tourism Malaysia, Perak Agrotourism Resort, Swiss Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Casuarina Hotel Ipoh, & Laketown Resort.
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