Birch Memorial Clock Tower

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Birch Memorial Tower was erected in 1909 in memory of J.W.W. Birch, who was the first British Resident of Perak. The clock tower's history is fraught with controversy. The British influence in Malaya was not welcomed by the locals and caused an uprising in the state, eventually leading to the assassination of Birch. 

There are four statues around the clock tower, each representing the pillars of British administration: patience, loyalty, justice and fortitude. Take a closer look to see the intricate paintings of 44 famous figures on the four sides if the tower, which symbolise the growth of civilisation. One of the figures - Prophet Mohammad - was painted over in the 1990s.

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