The fourth largest of Malaysia’s thirteen states after Sarawak, Sabah and Pahang, is situated on the west coast of the Malay Peninsula. Perak means “silver” in Malay language, which is probably derived from the silvery colour of tin, which abounds here. The Dutch attempted to control the tin trade in the 17th century, and built defensive forts at the mouth of the Perak River and on Pulau Pangkor, a small island in the Malacca Straits. Perak hosts many heritage sites, its capital city Ipoh, Taiping, or the old capital Kuala Kangsar. There are many parks, including Belum Temenggor, one of the largest untouched forest reserves in the Peninsula.
|Languages||English, Malay, Tamil, Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Hokkien)|
|Currency||Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)|
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