The Malaya Historical Group's (MHG) historical research group has requested that the authorities immediately deploy the site of the Second Battle of Kampar at Green Ridge here as a heritage and tourism site.
MHG chief researcher Shaharom Ahmad said he was worried the site would have been damaged if not immediately zoned.
"When this location is gazetted as a heritage site in Perak, it will certainly be preserved and well maintained so visitors will be safer," he said.
He said this to reporters after setting up a signboard on the Second World War battlefield on Green Ridge here today.
Commenting further, Shaharom said that every year about 200 visitors including British soldiers who were killed in the fighting would visit the location.
"Most beneficiaries or students who wish to visit will contact us to be taken to the location as there is no perfect route to go.
"That's why we set up signage so that people including the locals know there is an incomparable historical site," he said.
The 6.47-acre battlefield is a testament to the intense fighting between 1,500 British soldiers, accompanied by Indian, Sikh and Gurkha troops against 4,000 Japanese troops for four days and four nights on December 30, 1941, until January 2, 1942.
The battle resulted in 150 British soldiers and 500 Japanese soldiers being killed and buried at one place in the same area, known as Green Ridge.
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