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Ipoh - sleepy foodie stopover wakes up to new potential

Businesses are drawn to Ipoh's low labour and rental costs, a growing talent pool and family-centric culture

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Wall murals add a touch of the contemporary to this cafe in a converted pre-war shophouse in Ipoh Local entrepreneurs and investors are constantly trying to revive the Old Town's fortunes by converting shophouses into chic establishments.

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A restored shophouse in Lorong Panglima, or Concubine Lane, in Ipoh.

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SURROUNDED by mountains, lakes and rivers, Ipoh is better known to Singaporeans for its hor fun (stewed flat rice noodles) than as a business hub, unlike bigger Malaysian cities such as Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

But its location in the state

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