Mimaland was a famous
recreation park in Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia.
was opened on 1975. In 1994 the park was closed due to a dangerous
THE once popular Mimaland Recreation Park in Gombak, Selangor, is a
sorry sight in a dire state of abandonment. It has been like this
for the last 15 years, after it ceased operation in 1993.
The recreation park used to be a popular premier outing destination
for families in the Klang Valley.In ruins: The rundown office of
the former recreation park.
After it was closed, many people had hoped that it would be
renovated and reopened as the place was a convenient site for
picnics, being not too far from the city and yet having a raw
natural environment, with plenty of trees and plants and a lake for
swimming, fishing and boating.
The wish for its rejuvenation may not materialise in the
foreseeable future as the landowner Magnum Corporation Bhd has no
plan to revive and redevelop it.
According to Magnum spokesman Cheah Ho Wee Hock, there is no plan
to redevelop the recreation park in the near future and the land is
being kept for the purpose of investment.
“It will be sold when the right price is offered,” Cheah told
StarMetro during a telephone interview.
Until it is sold, Cheah said, the land would be left idle.
This is bad news for many who are hoping that the idle park, which
started operation in the 1970s, will be given a new lease of
life.Glory days over: This road leading to Mimaland used to be
quite busy. Now it is in a perpetual state of disrepair.
A StarMetro team visited the area about 25 km from Kuala
Lumpur, along the old Gombak-Bentong road, and found that it was
undergoing a natural destruction process after left without
maintenance since its closure in 1993.
The signs of decay caused by being abandoned for nearly 15 years is
The arch that used to hold a welcome signboard is in deplorable
state with overgrown creepers. The wooden shops near the arch are
in disrepair and deserted.
A road leading to the park is covered with grass and undergrowth
and also damaged.
Barricade in the form of hoarding have been placed at the entrance
where the remnant of the office structure can be seen from a
A solitary security guard was stationed bear the entrance to
prevent trespassing and encroachment by unauthorised people.No
longer in use: This bus stop used to be crowded with people on
weekends at Mimaland in Batu 11, Gombak.
The lookout towers, the office, bus stops and pillars have been
left to rot, a sad reminder of the lost wonder.
It is also learnt that two security personnel are assigned
round-the-clock duty to prevent unauthorised people and vehicles
However, when StarMetro visited the area, some people were seen
fishing in the lake.
It is also learnt that some people had also gone there for
Some nearby villagers also claim that wild animals, including
tigers, have been spotted in the green forest with their pet dogs
and cats failing prey.
In the past, the park had the country's first water-slides, a
Pre-historic Kingdom featuring replicas of dinosaurs and related
creatures of that era, a flower nursery, chalets built on stilts
(called Bagan), a lake for boating and fishing, and other
The rundown buildings and chalets are only mere reminder of
glorious past of this premier recreation centre, when the city
folks used to enjoy camping or staying at the cosy water front
chalets with their family members.
Villager Mohd Yusof Sarman, 52, who was born and lived in the area
since, said that some people had claimed that they had seen a tiger
at Mimaland although he had not seen it himself.
“When Mimaland was operating, we had more income from doing
business with the visitors and tourists,” he said.
“I used to sell sugar cane water, Malay cakes, nasi lemak when
Mimaland was operating but had to stop business after the park was
closed,” Yusof said.
He said that the village had become very quiet since then.
Dasimah Abdul Hamed, 48, who has been staying there for 34 years,
recalled that the roads were very busy when Mimaland was in
operation, the safety of the village children was then a prime
“I also used to make quite a bit of money from a foodstall nearby
then. Now, business is slow and so is the traffic,” she said.
Normalah Baharim, 20, who remembered her happy childhood days, said
that she would spend all her free time at Mimaland as her father
was working there.
“Because I love the park so much, I kept a head of a hippopotamus
outside my house to remember my sweet old days,” Normalah
“I used to remember playing at the playground, staying in the
chalets and hotels for free as my father works there,” she
The Kampung Batu 11 lass said those were the best moments of her
childhood and many of her friends envied her for that.
The Mimaland was opened in 1975 and ceased operation about 15 years
ago following some unresolved plans for expansion.
The natural setting of the park makes it a very ideal natural
holiday resort. It is certainly regrettable that such a beautiful
natural recreation park should be left in such a dismal and
Perhaps, some visionary entrepreneur should consider buying the
place and redevelop it into a natural country resort, offering
recreational activities and weekend conferences and retreats.
It is also a good place for setting up an international tertiary
educational centre for environmental studies.