Bagan Datoh to host
 national Raya open house

IPOH — Perak’s newest district, Bagan Datoh, will have the honour of hosting the national-level Hari Raya open house on Sunday.

Organised by the Tourism and Culture Ministry, the event will be held from 2.30pm to 11.30pm at the Hutan Melintang secondary school field, about 100km from here.

The open house promises to be a treat for the local community, who will be able to enjoy an array of local cuisine and meet top national artistes.

It marks a stellar period in Bagan Datoh’s history after it was gazetted as the state’s 12th and newest district on June 15, as announced by Perak Land and Mines Office director Datuk Syed Mokhtar Syed Iddris earlier this week.

Previously, Bagan Datoh was a sub-district under the administration of the Hilir Perak district.

Encompassing 94,969ha, the new district now has four sub-districts under its administration — Bagan Datoh, Hutan Melintang, Rungkup and Teluk Baru.

There are 46 villages under its administration.

Its first district officer, Datuk Hamzah Hussin, said the district’s administration offices would be built in Bagan Datoh town, in line with the state government’s aim to develop a new city known as Bagan Datoh Water City.

Hamzah said the official proclamation of the new district would be announced by the state government at a later date, adding that it was expected to be by the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah.

Rungkup assemblyman and state executive committee chairman Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya said the creation of the new district would mean development and administrative affairs would be more focused in Bagan Datoh.

Shahrul said there were several development projects in the area that were being carried out by the federal government.

They included the Bagan Datoh-Sejagop bridge, the upgrading of the Bagan Datoh-Hutan Melintang road, the Bagan Datoh Mara Junior Science College and a sports complex.

In addition, he said, a heavy industry park, the Water City, and the upgrading of the historic Beting Beras Basah area into a tourist attraction were also being planned.

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