SOCIAL AND CULTURAL
Following the decline in the tin mining sector in the 1980s after world tin prices collapsed, Ipoh has rebranded itself as a tourist destination and food paradise. Ipoh has long had and continues to have a Chinese-majority population in which Cantonese is the predominant dialect spoken. It is also among the country’s most populous urban areas with 711,000 city residents.
According to the last census in 2010 Chinese comprise 44 % of the city population, Malays 38 % and Indians 14%.