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Seri Iskandar

Seri Iskandar is a town and district capital of Perak Tengah in Perak, Malaysia. It is located at about 40 km southwest of Ipoh on the main Ipoh-Lumut highway. The adjacent towns are Tronoh, a once-famous mining town and Bota. Universiti Teknologi Petronas, a branch campus of Universiti Teknologi MARA and Kolej Profesional MARA are located in Seri Iskandar.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Layout 2
  • Directions to Seri Iskandar 3
  • Nearby Attractions 4
  • Shopping Malls 5
  • Fishing Spots 6
  • Food 7
  • Entertainment 8
  • Sports 9
  • Transportation 10
  • Accommodations 11
  • Mosques 12
  • Banks 13
  • Small Industries 14
  • Commercial Farming/Agriculture 15
  • Government Offices/Agencies/Training Centres 16
  • Higher Education 17
  • Schools 18

History

The town was named after Paduka Seri Sultan Iskandar Shah, who ruled the state of Perak from 1918 until 1938. Several institutions started the township in the mid-eighties before it got its name. The Engineering Branch Campus of Universiti Sains Malaysia started its operation on a disused tin mine at about 5 km south of Tronoh in 1986. A religious secondary school, SMKA Sultan Azlan Shah, occupied a newly built school buildings at about 7 km east of Bota Kanan in 1987. A radio transmission station and a teachers living quarters were built soon after within this area. In 1988, the state government came out with a plan of a township with its own name. A large industrial park, a university with commercial parks and housing estates with an airport were parts of the plan of the township. However, progress was slow and the investors were slow to come in. The eastern part of Seri Iskandar was an extension of Tronoh Mines prior to the 80's. In the early 90's, USM Engineering Campus was surrounded by disused mining pools. Except for a school, palm oil plantations covered the western part at this time. To travel from Tronoh to Bota, one must go through Seputih and Parit, to reach Bota.

It was not until the construction of a highway between Ipoh and Lumut that connected Tronoh to Bota directly, that further development took off. Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) started its operation in the USM Campus buildings in 1996. USM Engineering Branch was to move to a new campus in Penang and the move was completed by 2001. PETRONAS acquired lands adjacent to the USM campus to build a new campus for UTP. The new campus was completely built by 2003. The Universiti Teknologi MARA (Perak Campus) also moved from Seri Manjung to Seri Iskandar by 2001. The numbers of food stalls and restaurants surged due to the sudden increase of population especially from the two new universities and the supporting industries. Residential areas were established starting with Taman Maju (1994), RPA Changkat Sodang (1995), JKR & Teachers' Quarters (1996), Bandar Universiti (2001), Desa Seri Iskandar (2002), Bandar Seri Iskandar (2003), Taman Gemilang (2008) and Puncak Iskandar (2012). A number of public facilities were also established in Seri Iskandar starting with a primary school (1993), followed by the district office (1996), a vocational school (1996), a secondary school (1998), a health office (1999),a petrol station (2003) and a mosque (2006). Two institutions of higher learning, Institut Kemahiran Belia Negara (IKBN) and Kolej Professional MARA started operations in 2002 and 2005 respectively to build the reputation of Seri Iskandar as a 'Bandar Ilmu' (The Town of Knowledge).

Layout

Seri Iskandar is a combination of satellite towns, most of them with several rows of shophouses and residential housing areas. The satellite towns are:

  1. Bandar Seri Iskandar
  2. Bandar Universiti Seri Iskandar (BUSI)
  3. Bandar Baru Seri Iskandar
  4. Taman Maju
  5. Desa Seri Iskandar (includes RPA Changkat Sodang)

Directions to Seri Iskandar

Seri Iskandar is located halfway between the state capital, Ipoh city and Lumut . The normal route from Ipoh is via the Ipoh-Lumut Highway. You can reach the town by taking the Simpang Pulai exit or Jelapang exit from the North-South Highway and taking directions towards Lumut. The town can also be reached by taking the coastal highway from Selangor coast and drive north towards Teluk Intan, Kampung Gajah, Bota and finally head west to Seri Iskandar on the Ipoh-Lumut Highway.

Seri Iskandar is 10 km from Bota, 10 km from Tronoh, 17 km from Parit, 40 km from Ipoh and 40 km from Sitiawan.

Nearby Attractions

  • Tuntung (River Terrapin) Conservation Centre in nearby small town of Bota Kanan
  • Scenic UTP lakes (Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS) and floating UTP mosque
  • Artificial river in Universiti Teknologi Teknologi PETRONAS
  • Aga Khan Award winning architectural design of New Academic Complex, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS.
  • Largest tin mining lake in Perak (2nd largest in Malaysia) opposite of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
  • Dredging Ship Museum in nearby town of Batu Gajah
  • Scenic sand desert oasis landscape with large number of lakes ( off road access near Bandar Universiti)
  • Lakefront residential area (Lakeville)
  • Papan cascades/rapids in nearby old town of Pusing (jungle access road)
  • Giant Labu Sayong (burnt clay water gourd) water fountain with LED trees.

Shopping Malls

  • TESCO Superstore Bandar Universiti Seri Iskandar
  • D'Mall Seri Iskandar
  • The Billion Seri Iskandar
  • Mydin Bandar Universiti Seri Iskandar (Upcoming)
  • RAG Complex Mall (Upcoming)

Fishing Spots

  • There are many small lakes in the area popular as fishing heaven for the locals. Fishing is officially forbidden in all lakes inside Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS campus.

Food

  • KFC Drive-Thru
  • McDonald's Drive-Thru and McCafe
  • Secret Recipe
  • Pizza Hut
  • Tutti Frutti
  • Restoran Nasi Vanggey and lots of Indian Muslim and Malay Restaurants.
  • Kafe Paprika & Catering: Authentic Mediterranean and European Cuisine (Pocket D) inside Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS. Paprika is the home of the biggest burgers in Malaysia
  • TG Corner Restaurant is among the best places for Malay cooking especially during lunch time.
  • Al-Quds Cafe (Village 4) inside Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
  • Salam Coner
  • BurgerByte
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Rehman corner (at the entrance of Iskandar Bestri)

Entertainment

  • Billiards at D'Mall.
  • Karaoke Centre at D'Mall.
  • Lotus Five Star Cinema at D'Mall.

Sports

  • Venues: Football fields with spot lights, futsal courts, volleyball courts, takraw courts, a multipurpose sports hall (badminton, basketball, volleyball, squash, etc. - still under construction).
  • Local Sports Club: Seri Iskandar-Tronoh Volleyball Club, Seri Iskandar Cycling Team.
  • 3 local gyms & aerobic centres.
  • Seri Iskandar Paintball Park.
  • Bicycles Shop and Key Duplicator @ Taman Maju

Transportation

  • Seri Iskandar Bus Station - Intercity express bus & local bus stops along Ipoh-Lumut Highway.
  • Car rental hourly & daily services.
  • Taxis at the bus station
  • Nearest train station is about 20 km away in Batu Gajah

Accommodations

  • Hotel Putra.
  • Homestays.
  • D'Hotel.
  • Khadijah's Homestay (013-530 8010/013-510 1964)

Mosques

  • Masjid An-Nur in Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS campus.
  • Masjid Sultan Yussuff in Bandar Baru Seri Iskandar.

Banks

  • Bank Rakyat.
  • Bank Islam.
  • AgroBank.
  • Bank Simpanan Nasional.
  • ATM facilities for CIMB at UTP campus and PETRONAS petrol station.
  • ATM facilities for Maybank at PETRONAS petrol station.

Small Industries

  • KURZ Production (M) Sdn Bhd.
  • Bloxwich (M) Sdn Bhd.
  • Idaman Pharma Manufacturing Malaysia Sdn Bhd.
  • Scanwolf Plastic Industries Sdn Bhd.
  • FN Communication Sdn Bhd.
  • Felcra Nasaruddin Oil Palm Processing Plant.
  • Sparkling Ceramic Sdn Bhd.
    • IDS Electronics (shutdown in 2012)

Commercial Farming/Agriculture

  • Oil palm plantation
  • Rubber tree plantation
  • Dragon fruit plantation
  • Duck farm
  • Freshwater fish farm
  • Goat farm
  • Free range water buffalo (Seri Iskandar lakes)

Government Offices/Agencies/Training Centres

  • Perak Tengah District Office
  • District Education Office
  • JKR Engineers Office
  • Perak Water Board
  • Seri Iskandar Police Station
  • Seri Iskandar Fire Station
  • Perak Tengah District Library
  • KEMAS Training Institute
  • Malaysian Rubber Board

Higher Education

  • Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
  • Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Seri Iskandar Branch
  • MARA Profesional College Seri Iskandar
  • Institut Kemahiran Belia Negara
  • GIATMARA Parit

Schools

  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Iskandar
  • Sekolah Menenengah Kebangsaan Seri Iskandar
  • Sekolah Menenengah Kebangsaan Agama Sultan Azlan Shah
  • Kolej Vokasional Seri Iskandar
  • Sekolah Agama Rakyat Integrasi

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