Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan - Will it stay upright?
A week away to my Europe trip I want to write about my home town where I grew - up in the rural village away from the closest town of Teluk Intan
In the early days the town was known as Teluk Mak Intan after a female trader.The named was changed to Teluk Anson (Anson Bay), in honour of a British Officer and last Lieutenant-Governor of Penang, Major-General Sir Archibald Edward Harbord Anson who drew the plan of the modern township in late 19th century.
I vividly remember how excited I was as a kid every time when my late dad told me he was going to take me to town. So as any other kid would feel but this one will be remembered the rest of my life.
For a town that is barely 127 square kilometres wide, it is surprisingly busy. With the town in constant motion, the hustle and bustle of people about their day allows for visitors to immerse themselves entirely with the pulse of the place. From it’s colonial architecture, to its accessibility to the river bank and its colourful shop lots, the different elements come together to give travellers a sense of paradise. It also has all the modern day essentials for the urban traveller with shopping malls, a movie theatre and fast food joints scattered around town.
|'Menara Condong Teluk Intan, will it stay upright?|
One of the town attractions is a Leaning Tower erected in late 19th century. The pagoda-like tower built during British protectorate era served as a town water tank. It started to tilt four years after its construction finished due to an underground stream. The tower had a clock at the top, and still rings every 15 minutes now.The clock's mechanism is akin to that of a Swiss Cuckoo clock, operated with cables and weights.
The clock tower was originally used as a water tower, supplying water to the town area, while also reporting the time to all townfolks.
It had also served as a beacon to guide ships into Teluk Intan Port. Untill the big flooded covering the town years ago it began more tilted but still strong to rise up as town iconic landmark. Now it's officially called Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan due to it's tilting. Similar to it's Italian counterpart I'm voting it to be 9th world's wonder after leaning Tower of Pisa !
No town in Malaysia would be the same without its street food! With a wide variety of choices, Teluk Intan’s street food has all the local delicacies along with food native to the town. Eateries are accessible and available at any hour of the day. Freshly made ‘Mee Rebus’-(noodles ), one of the most famous is Mastan Ghani are available for the hungry traveller regardless of the hour. Infact some people come to Teluk Intan just to have Mastan Ghani mee rebus. Among the local desserts found is the famed ‘Apom Balik’ (turnover pancake). It is believed that the best stall for this dessert is located near the Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan. The stall that is manned by a charming Malay couple that have served this delightful dessert for years.