Northern Region

Rich in history, culture and agricultural development, the northern region is made up of the states of Perlis, Kedah, Penang and Perak. Attractions here include idyllic islands, beaches, heritage buildings, rainforest, historical and archaeological sites, hill resorts, excellent choice of inexpensive and delicious food, and varied shopping.

The Japanese invaded Malaya with landings Signora and Patani in Thailand and Khota Bharu in Malaya. The pattern of the campaign soon emerged. The Japanese quickly gained air superiority, and three divisions under Lieutenant General Yamashita moved rapidly southwards through the Northern Region. They attacked along the axis of main roads but outflanked the British and Indian troops moving through the jungle and establishing roadblocks behind them.

The British lost successive battles in the northern region at Jitra on 11th  December, Gurun on 15th December and Kampar in Perak on 2 January 1942.

The only major Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery is situated in Taiping in Perak state. It was created after the defeat of Japan for the reception of graves brought from the battlefields, from numerous temporary burial grounds, and from village and other civil cemeteries where permanent maintenance would not be possible. There are 329 identified graves and 500 graves of unidentified personnel.

More information about the Northern Region can be found in the brochure below. 

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