KUALA KANGSAR: Natural hot springs are very popular recreational areas, and other than for the laidback and peaceful atmosphere, the water is believed to cure skin diseases such as scabies.
Among the wellknown hot springs in Perak are the Lubuk Timah Hot Spring in Simpang Pulai, Felda Residence Hot Spring in Sungai Klah and Lost World Hot Springs in Tambun.
But there were several hot springs in the state which were not publicly known such as the Ara Panjang hot spring in the Manong area, about 30 km from the town of Kuala Kangsar.
However, a Bernama survey found the area, which used to be developed as a tourism location, was now in a state of neglect.
A resident of Kampung Ara Panjang, Rohani Sirun, 68, said the hot spring existed before her parents were born and claimed that it had been neglected since early 2000.
“Villagers believe the water from the hot spring can cure diseases, many suffering from scabies or pimples used to go there in the past.
“The water in the centre of the hotspring is very hot, we can boil an egg there. The area was used for recreational purposes by the residents in the village then,” said Rohani, a pensioner.
In this regard, Rohani hoped the local authority could redevelop the area which could simultaneously become a tourism location to supplement the income of the locals.
Her views were echoed by sundry shop owner Meor Kamarul Meor Zakaria, 40, who said the surrounding areas would also progress if the hot spring was redeveloped.
“The villagers will be able to boost their income if the area is redeveloped such as with the constructions of chalets, food outlets and others. So, they don’t have to depend solely on tapping rubber,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kuala Kangsar Municipal Council (MPKK) president Shahrom Abd Malik said MPKK was studying the feasibility of redeveloping the hot spring.
He said among the measures being taken include studying how the Ulu Legong hot spring in Baling, Kedah was developed in September last year.
“Currently, we are scrutinising the development plan (of the Ulu Legong hot spring) for implementation at the the Ara Panjang Hot Spring,” he added.