Located about 70km from Ipoh, the Pasir Salak Historical Complex pays tribute to warriors such as Dato’ Sagor and Dato’ Maharaja Lela. There are memorials erected in their honour, in the shape of a sundang (broad sword), a replica of the type of knife used in the killing of Mr. Birch.The complex pays tribute to warriors such as Dato’ Sagor and Dato’ Maharaja Lela, who led the locals against the forces of the British colonial administration.
This is the place where the flames of Malay nationalism had first stirred. When the then British Resident of Perak, J.W.W. Birch was assassinated on the bank of Sungai Perak (Perak River), tension between the British colonial administration and the Malays rose. It escalated into open conflict which eventually led to the country’s declaration of independence.
Other attractions at the complex include the J.W.W. Birch Monument, the grave of Sipuntum (the alleged assassin), Datuk Maharaja Lela’s fort, the Lela Rentaka cannons used against the British colonial army, and two Rumah Kutai (Perak traditional house) filled with local historical and cultural artefacts.
From the North-South Expressway (PLUS), EXIT at Simpang Pulai Interchange. From there, take the route to Batu Gajah, turn towards Kampung Gajah and follow the signboard to Pasir Salak Historical Complex.