The El Dorado of the East – Spear River Pahang
JohnsonMalaysa.com was reminded the year on Kuala Lumpur Central Market facade 1888 as in the same year of Sungai Lembing underground tin mine was officially started. It is the world deepest underground tin mine and the only one in Malaysia. To give a perspective, it’s is about one and half Petronas towers’ height and runs in a complex network of about 320km, Guys that are about Kuala Lumpur to Singapore by road. One may not be able to imagine such massive tunnel system.
The Museum Sungai Lembing has a part miniature model to show this tunnel network. The mine was closed in 1986 after the London tin exchange crushed it was a sudden shock for this town. The mine was closed down without any proper compensation. The town ex-tin miners express their dissatisfaction and unfairness till today but wait !! If, you want to know what happened to the desperadoes book a tour with Johnsonmalaysia.com, it is still an unsolved big case.
Dorado in Spanish means “the golden one”. Malaysia’s El Dorado is the underground mine at Sungai Lembing, Pahang. It is also known as the El Dorado of the East.
Sungai Lembing or Spear River in Malay, is about 45min from Kuantan town. JohnsonMalaysia.com met some of the locals, most of them are elderly. They have so many bygone years’ stories to recount about the glory years of Sungai Lembing. The underground tin mine operated by PCCL Pahang Consolidated Company Limited. When they were awarded about 5000 Sq Km land for mining by Pahang state.
The American Civil war and world wars demanded, tin in many industries like tin can (Sardine Can) and bullet casing made the precious metal at very high in demand. The workers in Sungai Lembing were paid some of the highest in the country then.
JohnsonMalaysia.com met Mr. Razadi Bin Tha, Who was working in the underground tin mine, explosive team. His primary Job was to insert the explosive in the drilled holes. He motioned. His wage was about RM1000.00 in the 1960s and an allowance of RM2.10, called “air allowance”, this was paid for descending tunnel. The task is very high risk, though there were very stringent safety rules to be observed. The primary stakeholders were British with Pahang Royals and Australian
Mr. Razadi was in explosive team
It was so prosperous, that the miners wage was lucrative. The town was a starting point for high end branded goods to arrive before going to another town is Malaya. According to Mr. Razadi, luxury shoes like Swiss made Bally came here first and he still has some pair saying with joyful laughter.
Mr. Mohamad, who was the mine elevator operator, the ex-Malaysian army told he operated the mine elevator. He said to JohnsonMalaysia the elevator was powered by electric motors which can come up from 1300 feet depth in less than 60 seconds. There was no CCTV to see who is getting in or out of the elevator. There was a bell system used, like Morse code. It goes in 3 parts of bell indication to which level to stop the elevator. It is very dangerous He said the wrong bell can have fatal accidents.
The elevator is able to accommodate 8 passengers at one time. There were 3 entrances according to the Mr. Mohamad into the mine with widespread networks, to know more, please book an educational tour with JohnsonMalaysia.com
JohnsonMalaysia.com also visited the underground tunnel which is now a tourist attraction. The normal price is RM30.00 but for My Card holders a 50 % discount. Sungai Lembing is even now is rich with tin reserves as well as gold and copper.
Now Sungai Lembing is a slow-moving town with age, population near the market street with friendly people who wants talk to you. I met another elderly Chinese with 3 daughters all have left because there is not work opportunity. He is glad his daughters visit them. The town in her glorious days had 10,000 people. He said there is no industry here only a town of old folks. The Chinese immigrants were among the pioneer to start open cast tin mine there, hence there is a neighbouring village.
JohnsonMalaysia.com soon by CHRIST mercy will upload food tour in Sungai Lembing and Sungai Lembing tunnel.
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