Salam and Greeting.
Imagine if the title statement is real. Taiping would then be a busy metropolitan like Kuala Lumpur. But then, it is only our imagination.
Well, not known to most of Taiping's visitors is its airport or more likely its airfield. Located in a suburb area called Tekah in Assam Kumbang, the airport is yet again another first institutional that is here in Taiping.
The airport was built by the British back in 1929 to be used for non-military purpose. Since its area is small, the airport can only accommodate Fokker planes. However, during the Japanese Occupation from 1941 to 1945, the Japanese Military have fully built the airport and made full used of it.
And wonder why we dubbed the airport as Taiping International, well back then there were not many or no other airports available in Malaysia. If it was in 1930s if you flew in to Malaysia from London, India, Africa, Indonesia or any parts of the world, you will be landing in Taiping and no where else. Other than that, this airport had received some VIPs dignitaries such as President Sukarno and his Vice-President Dr. Mohamad Hatta of Indonesian and also 'The Freedom Fighter of India' Subash Chandra Bose.
The airport is now being used occasionally as a practice drop zone for local paratroopers personnel and clubs. But it is still one of International Air Transport Association (IATA) members with an airport code of TPG. So, get your boarding pass ready. The plane is going to take off any time now...
4 months ago