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The story of Bukit Kangkar

The story of Bukit Kangkar

Bukit Kangkar is a an easily accessible small town, known for its two giant water tanks built in 1936 which have now become its landmark. According to legend, “Bukit” refers to small hill while “Kangkar” is a transliteration of Teochew dialect meaning “harbour master”. The then harbour master was Chang Rui He. Ninety-year-old villager Sia […]

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The young ones return home

The young ones return home

Oil palm plantations, rubber plantations, orchards and the biggest vegetable farm in norther Johor can be seen along the way when travelling from Bukit Gambir to Sengkang Batu 19. Like an isolated village, all roads in Sengkang Batu 19 carried Chinese names and they were later transliterated into Bahasa Malaysia. It was recorded that an […]

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My Hometown :: From gambir to vegetables [武吉甘密]

My Hometown :: From gambir to vegetables [武吉甘密]

Bukit Gambir and Sengkang Batu 19 were formed during the Malayan Emergency in the 1950s. It was recorded that Yang Li Zeng first developed Sengkang Batu 17 and 16, before opening ground in Sengkang 19. Yang Li Zeng then sold the two pieces of developed land to Yang Ren Mei. Yang Ren Mei then cooperated […]

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My Hometown :: Bukit Bakri Barat produces quality joss sticks [峇吉里西區]

My Hometown :: Bukit Bakri Barat produces quality joss sticks [峇吉里西區]

About 60%, or 8,000 people, of Bukit Bakri Barat’s population are Chinese. Its fist village head Du Pi Zhou, who is still in the office today, said that following the progress of the times, the housing industry booms, particularly in Aik Hwa Choon. Tin was found at outskirts of Kampung Baru Bakri in the 1960s, […]

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My Hometown :: The Big House in Grisek [玉射]

My Hometown :: The Big House in Grisek [玉射]

Grisek and Kundang Ulu are two new villagers located by Sungai Muar in Johor. Sungai Muar has played an important role in the development history of the two new villages. As recorded in The Malay Annals, the then Sultan of Malacca Mahmud Shah fled to Kampung Raja Pagoh after defeated by the Portuguese army. One […]

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My Hometown :: Sungai Mati gets back to nature [利豐港]

My Hometown :: Sungai Mati gets back to nature [利豐港]

Sungai Mati was once a thriving port but after the formation of an oxbow lake, it gradually abandoned the bustling and flourishing good old days and became an inland town rich in natural ecology. Riverside towns emerged as early as in the 19th century, including Sungai Mati. In that era when waterway was the main […]

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