Pasir Salak Historical Complex

On the 2nd of November 1875, during the second Eid al-Fitr celebration, a somber event left an indelible mark on the history of Pasir Salak, as James Wheeler Woodford Birch, the inaugural British Resident of Perak (1874-1875), was tragically assassinated. This event marked the climax of Malay opposition to British colonial rule in Perak.

The repercussions of the Pasir Salak uprising were profound, planting the seeds of nationalism that would resurface in 1946 to oppose the Malayan Union and eventually lead to the hard-fought independence achieved on the 31st of August, 1957.

Recognizing the historical importance of these tragic events, the Pasir Salak Historical Complex was established as a vital historical monument. It serves as a tribute to the dedication and sacrifices of the valiant heroes who steadfastly defended the honor of their nation and state.

The complex was inaugurated in stages, first by the DYMM Pemangku Raja Perak, Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah, on May 26, 1990, and later, fully inaugurated by the DYMM Paduka Seri Sultan Perak, Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah, on July 5, 2004.

The primary concept behind its establishment is to provide a historical record, emphasizing the crucial role of the tragic Pasir Salak events, which are considered the cornerstone of the parliamentary democracy system in Malaysia.

Within the History Tunnel, historical events are vividly depicted through the use of diorama exhibition techniques, offering a captivating three-dimensional representation. Each significant historical event and episode, showcasing the country’s journey and development, is meticulously arranged in chronological order. Additionally, the complex serves as a valuable resource center, providing insights into the history and culture of Perak.

The complex has been further enriched by the construction of monuments and structures, such as Rumah Kutai I, dating back to around 1896, Rumah Kutai II, Tugu Lela Rentaka, Pentas Belotah, Tugu Peringatan Pahlawan Perak, Galeri Keris, and Galeri Sejarah Menteri-Menteri Besar Perak.

Also featured within the complex is the J.W.W Birch Memorial, erected by the British government around1900 to commemorate the tragic Birch assassination in Pasir Salak.

Visitors to the complex not only gain insights into the historical struggle of Malay heroes against British colonialism but also have the opportunity to admire the aesthetic beauty of Perak’s Malay architecture, a hallmark of the state’s heritage.

Operation hours :- 

Monday – Thursday : 9.30am – 5.00pm

Friday : 9.30am – 12.15pm; 2.45pm – 5.00pm

Saturday – Sunday :  9.30am – 5.00pm

Admission Fee :

RM 4.00 (adult)

RM 2.00 (child)

For more info :- 

Tel :+605-631 1462

Address : Kompleks Sejarah, 36800 Kampung Gajah, Perak

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