Anyone interested in Perak history will gain much from two chapters that supply vignettes of the origin and development of Kinta’s tin mining towns. While Ipoh receives particular attention, the authors do not neglect the numerous smaller settlements which all have their own distinctive past.
Against this background, the book turns to the Japanese conquest of Malaya in 1942, with one particularly graphic illustration showing the “human bridges” over which the invading forces crossed small streams. Using historical records and personal accounts to great effect, the authors offer a vivid picture of the impact of the Japanese Occupation on the daily life of ordinary people. Kinta became a centre for anti-Japanese resistance, memorably recorded in the history of Papan, one of the oldest towns in the Kinta Valley.