Pusing is a small town in Perak State. It is located near Batu Gajah, Perak’s capital Ipoh, Papan, Siputeh and Lahat. It is located about 5 km from Batu Gajah town, and is 14 km from Ipoh city.
Ninety percent of the population of Pusing are said to be Chinese Hakka, descendants from immigrants from Dongguan County in China. They settled here to work the tin mines in the first few decades of the twentieth century.
In the 1930’s there was a row of Japanese owned shophouses opposite the Pusing Malay School. One of these shops was the studio of a Japanese photographer who was probably doing a bit of spying in preparation for the coming Japanese occupation during WWII.
A railway line ran through Pusing before the War. The Japanese ripped up the rails and shipped them off to Thailand/Burma for use on the Death Railway.
During the Malayan Emergency this area was a hotbed of Communist Terrorist activity. Following a series of attacks on the Pusing police station and 12 murders, the High Commissioner Gerald Templer imposed a collective fine of $40,000 on the town, enforced a curfew and closed all shops for a period of 44 days (an unlucky number for the Chinese) as punishment for supporting the communists.
Now, Pusing is a bustling township that has yummy food, markets and the open road. The ‘kuih’, traditional delicacies are said to be delicious treats.
Apart from that The Sunway Group’s Founder and Chairman, YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah, was born here.
The people are friendly and welcoming. The township is a hidden treasure trove for those whom have not heard about it. Filled with rich history and culture till this date.
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